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Young Evangelical Backs Out of Giving Convention Opening Prayer

By Krissah Williams Thompson
The relationship Democrats are trying to forge with the faith community at their convention next week took a hit when a popular young evangelical backed out of their Monday night program.

Cameron Strang, the 30-something editor of Relevant, a hip magazine about faith and culture, said on his blog that he has changed his mind about delivering the opening night convention prayer because he does not want to be seen as endorsing Sen. Barack Obama. Strang will still attend the convention, however, where he will speak on a panel.

Strang is an anti-abortion Republican and the son of well-known evangelical Steven Strang, who is founder of a Christian magazine publishing company and has endorsed Obama's rival, Sen. John McCain.

The younger Strang explained his change of heart on his blog:

"A few weeks ago, I was asked if I'd be interested in possibly praying at the Democratic National Convention. Taken aback, but intrigued at the opportunity, I accepted. What better way to continue positive dialogue, show support for an emphasis on faith issues and pray in a forum where faith isn't typically thought to be emphasized? To quote someone close to me -- and meaning no disrespect whatsoever to Christian Democrats -- it was a chance to be 'light in the darkness.' And hey, Jesus told us to pray, right? ...

"Then I found out the invocation was to be on the main stage, opening night of the DNC. Part of the national broadcast. Most people would jump at such an exposure opportunity, but it gave me serious pause."

Sen. Obama's campaign has spent the last several months reaching out to the faith community, and has lavished considerable attention on young evangelicals, hoping they can provide an inroad into the solidly Republican voting bloc that helped elect President Bush. It is unclear whether such efforts will pay off.

This Democratic convention promises to put faith on the center stage. Along with Strang, seven other ministers are scheduled to pray during the evening programs. There will be four faith panels, including "Faith in 2009: How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith," and a Sunday Interfaith gathering. Strang will sit on one of the panels and said he plans to change his party ID from Republican to independent, though he is still undecided when it comes to his presidential vote.

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McCain's pastor is not Hagee. John McCain has attended North Phoenix Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist Church, in Phoenix, Ariz., for a long time. For about 20 years. He is officially an Episcopalian, but his wife was baptized at North Phoenix, but he has held off being a member of being baptized because he doesn't want people to think he would be doing it for political reasons. This is according to the pastor at North Phoenix Baptist and many press reports.

Posted by: Be correct please | August 24, 2008 1:50 PM

IAs a DNC prayer leader anti-gay?

DNC Evening invocations and benedictions
Thursday, August 28
Invocation: Rabbi David Saperstein, Union for Reform Judaism, Washington, DC
Benediction: Pastor Joel Hunter, Evangelical, Northland, FL

1. Rev Joel Hunter and wife signed the fl marriage amendment petition defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

http://www.knowthyneighbor.org/florida/index.php?first_name=&last_name=hunter&street_address=&county=Seminole&searchMode=&sortBy=last_name&sortDir=ASC&page=1&anchor=list&state_code=fl#list

Who Signed the Petition?

The names and addresses posted here were collected by Florida4Marriage.org as part of the citizens initiative petition process and have been verified by each individual Florida County Supervisor of Elections. They are part of the public record.

Last Name First Name Address City State County
Hunter Michael 263 Blackwater Pl Longwood FL Seminole
Hunter Karen 263 Blackwater Pl Longwood FL Seminole
Hunter Melissa 407 Monticello Dr Altamonte Sprin FL Seminole
Hunter William 646 Palm Dr Oviedo - FL Seminole
Hunter Connie 646 Palm Dr Oviedo - FL Seminole
Hunter Nakia 1354 San Remo Pt Unit 106 Oviedo FL Seminole
Hunter Deedra 450 Forestwood Ln Maitland FL Seminole
Hunter Becky 203 Savannah Park Loop Casselberr FL Seminole
Hunter Joel 203 Savannah Park Loop Casselberr FL Seminole


2. Rev Joel Hunter hosts a group at his church that seeks to help gays leave the gay lifestyle.

Among Friends is a weekly small group for. men who struggle with homosexuality and/. or homosexual feelings that want to live a life pleasing to God. www.northlandcc.net

You decide!!!

Posted by: diane owens | August 24, 2008 1:20 PM

Smart Move

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 1:03 AM

Evangelical Christians are trying to destroy America and the World. Good Freedom Loving Americans need to begin realizing just how misanthropic their true goals are and shun them. http://www.lewrockwell.com/barnwell/barnwell73.html

Posted by: truthinlogic | August 23, 2008 11:39 AM

Just in case there is STILL one mouth-breather left out there who DOESN'T know, yes, his middle name really is...HUSSEIN!!! ...Which means...that..his name ...is not...Steven, or William, ...or

Posted by: nottydreads | August 23, 2008 6:46 AM

And who do you think has abortions Nick? Poor people, disproportionately. What a fool you are.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 22, 2008 9:48 PM

"If Evangelicals really think Obama is the antichrist, and that these are the last days then why the heck arent they voting for him?"

Ding ding ding. Sounds like the supposed 'Evangelicals' on this board aren't real Christians.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:00 PM

Trying to have real Christians hang around him isn't going to help Barak Infanticide get elected.

Posted by: Cory | August 22, 2008 8:55 PM

If Evangelicals really think Obama is the antichrist, and that these are the last days then why the heck arent they voting for him?
(Along with gay marriage and all these other supposed "signs".) The way I understand it Jesus wont come back until that happens so why arent you trying to make that happen as soon as possible?

Personally Im not waiting for Jesus. Im holding out for Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

Posted by: marcus | August 22, 2008 8:10 PM

Dear Observer: I am the elusive independent voter in this scenario. The one that Obama so desperately needs to win. He has not won me over and probably won't. In this case, from the information gathered thus far from various sources, all posted on the web, Television and otherwise, he is still playing old school politics. There is nothing refreshing about him. He's much like the "New" Coke when it first came out. Alot of hype, new packaging and in the end a worst taste than the Old Coke. Obama lies just like all other politicians except he doesn't have the knowledge or fortitude for the position of President of the USA. By the way I live and work in liberal San Francisco CA-land of the liberal. This election is so peculiar. Everyone is so Christian with all the "hating" and pulling at God's sleeves. So Sad.

Posted by: Bill | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM

MsGreenPants, where exactly do you see hate from the Democrats message?

The only hate I see here is being spread by you!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM

"To Mr. Anon - typical jealousy of successful people. Coveting others riches - thus the attraction of being a Democrat."

Rock solid argument!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:14 PM

To Mr. Anon - typical jealousy of successful people. Coveting others riches - thus the attraction of being a Democrat. Also called class envy. Don't you just love the hate promulgated by Democrats? Hate rich people. Hate unborn children. Taxation and abortion are tools of hatred, to drag people down. Hey, as long as everyone is equal - equally poor, that is. You have a bigger house, a bigger car? You're hated. You spent 12 years in college and graduate school using govt assistance - stsudent loans - but now make a nice living? You're hated. Dems claim they want people to be successful, but when they are, they're hated. Oh the love which oozes from Democrats. It's so delicious, now ain't it?

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 6:09 PM

To Mr. Anon - typical jealousy of successful people. Coveting others riches - thus the attraction of being a Democrat.

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 6:04 PM

Very astute, Mr. Observer. The AntiChrist is a liar - thus he will claim he is Christ - while promoting evil. And if you don't know good from evil you won't know the difference between the AntiChrist or Christ.

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 6:01 PM

"OH GREAT ONE THE OBAMA! HEAR US PRAY! We are here at your holy alter to ask thy blessings upon the poor! We offer up our poor children to Planned Parenthood so there tiny bodies can be ripped from the womb and thrown in the INCINERATOR OF LOVE and the sweet smoke ascend into they nostrils! We thank for not suffering the punishemnt of having a baby. OH GREAT OBAMA, we thank the for thy LEFTEOUS HOLINESS OH GREAT ONE THE OBAMA!"

How come the republican supporters are always so blasphemous.

"So, why are there still poor people? Dems tax people/business - making better jobs unavailable. Dems don't allow domestic oil drilling making business costs higher - - making better jobs unavailable."

I guess you haven't been paying attention to the world around you. Education opportunities in low income areas are sorely lacking. Poor education breeds poor education. Poverty breeds poverty. Do you think poor people aren't trying to live a better life?

"And when poor people succeed and get better jobs with better pay, Dems raise the progressive tax rate - or the poor's pay increase is taxed at a higher rate."

I do hope you realize that somebody earning $50,000 will still come home with a lot more money than somebody making $20,000. Sure a larger portion is taxed, but they still come home with significantly more money. Take a look at the difference between McCain and Obama's tax plans. Everybody under $100,000 pays less taxes under Obama's. This helps people. It helps them invest in their futures and their children's futures.

"Dems don't give a hill of beans about poor people - other than what Dems value most - more money. Dems are the ones alway clamoring about taxing the rich - that's not about money? Some people need to get an education about Dems."

I have no idea what this paragraph is all about. Democrats should care about poor people and their policies show that to be the case - atleast on a scale much greater than the republicans. The ROI on getting people out of low paying jobs and into higher paying ones is pretty good for a country in more than just taxes. It lowers crime rates too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:59 PM

So long as the Demcorats fight class envy against class envy, promote child abortion and childcare, so long will they be a little people, a silly people - greedy, duplicitous, and cruel.

-with apologies to "Lawrence of Arabia"

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 5:59 PM

MrGreenJeans - One thing you can count on, when the Anti-Christ appears, he will proclaim his support for "family values" and be anti-abortion.

Posted by: Observer | August 22, 2008 5:58 PM

Bill - Then, McCain can return the favor and invite the Rev, Hagee to give the opening prayer at your convention. Or, maybe you would just like to skip all of that and publicly proclaim your allegiance to Satan.

Posted by: Observer | August 22, 2008 5:50 PM

The Obible

Matthew Chapter 9:19-21

19 And Obama arose, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased being heavy with child nine months, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be DELIVERED from this PUNISHMENT.
22 But Obama turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy FAITH IN OBAMA hath made thee whole. And the woman was able to abort her child from that hour.

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 5:47 PM

I admire Mr. Strang's stand. At least he is speaking his truth and not for the sake for a good sound byte or to gain an undeserved vote. I'm sure some of the other Christians in attendance that day could step in or maybe they can invite Reverened Wright to lead the prayer that day? He's so eloquent, I'm sure that would be the most appropriate choice for the tone of the event. With all those self-righteous true Christians in attendance.

Posted by: Bill | August 22, 2008 5:44 PM

Demcrats understand family values? LOL! Democrats support a Culture of Death. Child Abortion and Gay Marriage. Killing your children doesn't exectly promulgate your species! Democrats will evolve into an extinct species. "the GOP calls themselves "Christians" but rarely seem to understand christian or even family values.
" - what a joke.

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 5:33 PM

OH GREAT ONE THE OBAMA! HEAR US PRAY! We are here at your holy alter to ask thy blessings upon the poor! We offer up our poor children to Planned Parenthood so there tiny bodies can be ripped from the womb and thrown in the INCINERATOR OF LOVE and the sweet smoke ascend into they nostrils! We thank for not suffering the punishemnt of having a baby. OH GREAT OBAMA, we thank the for thy LEFTEOUS HOLINESS OH GREAT ONE THE OBAMA!

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 5:30 PM

Obama will defend the poor, McCain will abandon the poor. Any Christian who supports McCain is a fraud. End of discussion.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 22, 2008 3:12 PM
----

Agreed - the GOP calls themselves "Christians" but rarely seem to understand christian or even family values.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:21 PM

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 22, 2008 5:19 PM

I'm wondering why a true christian would be evangelic at all, or want people to abort children at all. Instead of giving them advice of not to, you probably tell them the price of the abortion beforehand... important things first.. right? lol I give credit to this evangelican because I wonder what evangelics have to do with abortion, at all... other than not recommending it and trying to do their best not to kill any little beating heart.

Posted by: Amado Castaneda | August 22, 2008 4:58 PM

Instead of having a person pray, why don't the Dems attending their Convention all pray instead? They can all bow down and face Obama: "Oh Great Obama. We are gathered here together in worship to they greatness. We know we are better than our Republican brethren who wander in the dark and we pray thou wilt send down fire upon them whilst we shall be uplifted and saved in the November election. We thank thee Oh Great One The Obama and ask thee to bless us with the Treasury of The US Govt in free Services such as HealthCare and Childcare and aborted babies everyone. AAAAaamen!"

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 4:42 PM

"Yes educating the poor, and providing them with better opportunities to get better jobs will definitely harm the poor.

If you help the poor, then the poor will no longer be poor. Then the poor will be contributing more to society (more money I guess, because that what everybody seems to value) because they are no longer poor."

So, why are there still poor people? Dems tax people/business - making better jobs unavailable. Dems don't allow domestic oil drilling making business costs higher - - making better jobs unavailable.

And when poor people succeed and get better jobs with better pay, Dems raise the progressive tax rate - or the poor's pay increase is taxed at a higher rate.

Dems don't give a hill of beans about poor people - other than what Dems value most - more money. Dems are the ones alway clamoring about taxing the rich - that's not about money? Some people need to get an education about Dems.

Posted by: MrGreenJeans | August 22, 2008 4:31 PM

Hello Mr. Strang,

I am a Chatolic who goes to a United Methodist Curch at this time.

I am a Black man, Maybe I am bias, but the mission that Christ gave us as he did to his followers is to go and preach the gospel to all corners of the world. I remember at the wake of the Afgan war 2 young ladies were taken prisoner for sharing the word of God in Afganistan, As aChristian I am challenging your ministry and your love of God to Go and Pray for Barak Obam and the other leaders that will conviene in Denver.

May God bless and protect you in your mission.

Posted by: Red | August 22, 2008 4:22 PM

"How about Obama buddy Luis Farrahkan opening with their prayer? Would be more appropriate."

Lies and distortions:

"I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan," Obama said in the statement. "I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 4:07 PM

"

Hilary, yes, and if Obama is elected there will be a lot more poor people for him to love.

Capitalism is the poor person's best friend. Where would YOU rather be a poor person: in America or in China?

Capitalism gives the poor an opportunity to change their destiny. Obama's collectivist policies will hurt poor people the most.

And as for "abandoning," your party has totally abandoned the most innocent of all: the baby in the womb. Obama even supporting the infanticide of babies born during a botched abortion.

Pure evil."

Yes educating the poor, and providing them with better opportunities to get better jobs will definitely harm the poor.

If you help the poor, then the poor will no longer be poor. Then the poor will be contributing more to society (more money I guess, because that what everybody seems to value) because they are no longer poor.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 4:04 PM

Hilary, yes, and if Obama is elected there will be a lot more poor people for him to love.

Capitalism is the poor person's best friend. Where would YOU rather be a poor person: in America or in China?

Capitalism gives the poor an opportunity to change their destiny. Obama's collectivist policies will hurt poor people the most.

And as for "abandoning," your party has totally abandoned the most innocent of all: the baby in the womb. Obama even supporting the infanticide of babies born during a botched abortion.

Pure evil.

Posted by: Nick | August 22, 2008 3:49 PM

Keep in mind that McCain's pastor John Hagee is trying to create World War III and believes McCain will Deliver it. http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=1910

Posted by: american_socrates | August 22, 2008 3:30 PM

Evangelical Christianity is nothing more than a very well funded and politically powerful death cult. http://www.lewrockwell.com/barnwell/barnwell73.html here is a clue about their agenda to destroy the world. (keep in mind that Hagee was McCain's Pastor)

Posted by: american_socrates | August 22, 2008 3:18 PM

Obama will defend the poor, McCain will abandon the poor. Any Christian who supports McCain is a fraud. End of discussion.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 22, 2008 3:12 PM

How about Obama buddy Luis Farrahkan opening with their prayer? Would be more appropriate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 3:12 PM

For everyone who is referring to Mr. Stang as a "Reverend" or "Preacher" - he is neither. He is an EDITOR who (just like any other journalist) wishes to stay objective and not endorse either party.

Posted by: JohnS | August 22, 2008 3:04 PM

Evangelical = GOP Brainwashed

Posted by: Dianna72 | August 22, 2008 3:00 PM

Don't worry, Greg. Don Miller will still bring enough light to your particular darkness.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 2:50 PM

"it was a chance to be 'light in the darkness."

Oh sure, no offense taken...

Posted by: Greg | August 22, 2008 1:58 PM

I believe that Obama is a man of faith. Unfortunately, that faith is centered around Black Liberation Theology which states blacks are oppressed and whites must be destroyed. The key figures in Obama's life are black racists, communists and terrorists.

Posted by: Jon M | August 22, 2008 1:50 PM

I actually like Mormons, some of the nicest people I've ever met. Mitt does seem a bit... what's the word... fake? I just don't see him and McCain as having good chemistry, but I guess McCain has to do what he has to do. If it was Mitt he should have picked him a month ago, Romney could have raised $40m bucks for him. Pawlenty (or Portman) is probably the smart play, but we don't know all the inside baseball stuff.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 1:47 PM

Corruption Anon:

I will happily vote for McCain-Romney. For the record, MITT Romney lived in Belmont, MA and had a vacation home on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee -- I'm sure there are more -- but, that's at least TWO ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 1:42 PM

Michael:

Actually, I am really enjoying my retired life (I have a tee time Saturday morning), thank you for your concern.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 1:41 PM

We'll see how all of the narrow-minded KKK-meets-Bob Jones evangelicals feel when Mitt the Mormon - and his magic underwear - are on the ticket with that old warmongering git.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 1:41 PM

The Democratic party routinely supports leglislation aimed at curbing the rights of Christians. That plus their unwillingnes to support the most innocent victims of all--babies in the womb--is reason enough for Christians to stay away from them.

Posted by: Nick | August 22, 2008 1:39 PM

Obviously JakeD has nothing better to do then salivate over his next chance to type a anti-Obama post. You really have no life, do you?

Posted by: Michael | August 22, 2008 1:26 PM

Since when George Washington instituted the practice, Chris. Of course it can be misused, but there's no blanket prohibition in the Bible on public prayer (what's next, no "public" prayer in church?).

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 1:24 PM

JakeD - I do not think that prayer belongs in the government's chambers, either. As a person of faith, I resent when prayer takes on a political function. If individual members of congress want to pray prior to their legislative sessions, that is fine. They can get on their knees in their offices, go to a church nearby (there's a nice Lutheran church just two or three blocks from the Capitol building), or in some other way practice prayer.

Of course, I am also insulted that the Bible is used to swear in the President of the United States. Since when is it appropriate for the government to take a sacred book and use it as some sort of prop, a guarantor of political oaths? For people of faith the Bible is the Word of God, and for it to be handled in such a profane, political manner is insulting to that same faith.

Posted by: Chris | August 22, 2008 1:02 PM

More "Born-Alive" fallout. Looks like Obama's collapse is accelerating by the hour.

Posted by: Julie S. | August 22, 2008 12:54 PM

God, Aspertwit and JakeDuh competing for the McCain Microwave offered by "McCain 2008-A noun, a verb,and a POW". I hear it is from the really nice house - I think house no.3. God luck, tools - I mean - guys!

Posted by: POW - say it soft and it is almost like praying... | August 22, 2008 12:52 PM

okay people enough already please it's a fricking prayer he isn't asked to endorse any candidate but to do the prayer. so if he chose to do it for McCain that would be okay because he rolls with the right wing..
seriously some of you need to get off of your high horse here.

Posted by: karen | August 22, 2008 12:49 PM

katem1:

I see you believe Obama about his profession of faith but not McCain about the end of his 1st marriage being his greatest moral failure?

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:49 PM

Not Ted:

Perhaps he spoke with his dad ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:47 PM

aspergirl, did you not see the rick warren show the other night? Obama was clear and precise about his faith, stating that he has accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour. How much more detail than that do you need? or are you fixated on the crock of crap about him being a muslim. At least he's only been married once, and doesn't have an oldtimer's misogynistic attitude. get real asper girl,

Posted by: katem1 | August 22, 2008 12:47 PM

Chris:

Congress opens every session in prayer. Did you not know there are House and Senate Chaplains?

http://lugar.senate.gov/services/pdf_crs/House_and_Senate_Chaplains.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:46 PM

Well, Jake D and AsperGirl have crawled out from under the rock again. Surprised you two didn't make some crack about Hillary passing the plate during the invocation to help pay off her debt.

Get serious! You're not endorsing anyone by offering the invocation at either convention. God isn't a Republican or a Democrat, he, or she, is God! Jesus is the Christian Messiah, a Muslim Prophet and a Rabbi. The U.S. Congress has all faiths present invocations, why shouldn't parties?

Can't help but think The Reverend got some negative feedback from some of the more extreme members of the right wing of the Evangelical movement. For those who need a little comic relief, link below to Ray Stevens "First Self-Righteous Church".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM7a2Zrj3dU

Hallajeuh, brothers and sisters!

Posted by: Not Ted Haggard | August 22, 2008 12:43 PM

Lou R:

Are you saying that Rick Warren is NOT ready for prime time? I wouldn't be surprised if Obama asked Pastor Rick to do the opening prayer.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:41 PM

Prayer is an act of faith for people of faith - not a political prop for public display. Shame on the Dems for misusing prayer in this way.

Good for Mr. Strang for withdrawing. If Obama and the Democrats want to pray, there are many churches within walking distance of the Pepsi Center where they can pray. Or they can simply close the door and pray in private - as Obama did with his pastor prior to announcing his candidacy.

Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. Too bad the Dems don't seem get this.

Posted by: Chris | August 22, 2008 12:39 PM

Isn't it the principle of the dems to keep religion away from politics? I guess it is ok if it can bring in some votes.

Posted by: Rosetee | August 22, 2008 12:38 PM

I hope Obama is not fooling any born again Christians. He needs the Christian vote. He is not for life he is for Obama. Democrats beware!

Posted by: Jim R | August 22, 2008 12:36 PM

Gilded nepotisms. Yawn.

Posted by: Crempole Stalwart | August 22, 2008 12:30 PM

In the spirit of bringing people together for constructive dialog, I see the outreach by the Obama campaign supporting this objective. A bold move worthy of praise. The young evangelical minister appears to be placing Party interests above national unity so it is good he recognized himself as not being ready for prime time. Reverends Wright and Warren were not as wise. However, it is notable the young minister is willing to participate in a discussion group and is considering becoming an independent voter.

Posted by: Lou R | August 22, 2008 12:29 PM

Some of the most moral, and by my reckoning, holiest, people are atheists and jews. I wish we were inclusive enough to ask an atheist or a jew to kick off a political meeting with a non-denominational prayer and moment of silence.

Read Matthew 19:25-26

Who can be saved? With God, all things are possible. I know it may be hard for mainstream evangelicals to fathom, but atheists and jews and muslims and mormons and agnostics can go to heaven too. Maybe we should invite them to pray with us to?

Would Jesus be comfortable enough in His religion to be big enough to do that? I think so.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 12:25 PM

Optimyst:

Same question ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:24 PM

ManUnitdFan:

Shocking as it is, some voters still don't know.

mike:

Should a priest give the opening prayer at NAMBLA too?

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:22 PM

Since when is a prayer an endorsement? Must prayer be partisan, too? Does God field a blue team and a red team, and only listen to the prayers of one? I missed the Commandment that said "Thou shalt only pray with republicans."
This is really sad. We must rise up from our partisan gridlock. What can we expect of the next world if we behave so poorly in this one?

Posted by: Optimyst | August 22, 2008 12:22 PM

Senator Obama may be refreshing...but because of abortion issues, he will loose the young evangelical voters. I do not see how we can reconcile his belief with what is right.

Posted by: kt | August 22, 2008 12:22 PM

What's that, Jake? Barack's middle name is HUSSEIN? How could you have not told us before??? We have to get the word out!!!

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | August 22, 2008 12:18 PM

When a preacher is asked to preach,and says no, I question what would GOD have said?

I say this man is not of GOD?

Posted by: mike | August 22, 2008 12:17 PM

"This Democratic convention promises to put faith on the center stage. Along with Strang, seven other ministers are scheduled to pray during the evening programs. There will be four faith panels, including "Faith in 2009: How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith," and a Sunday Interfaith gathering."

Wow. Sounds like Obama's going into full pander mode, for a guy who couldn't clearly answer what he believes in or what his defining life experiences are.

Maybe they should hold the Democratic convention in a revival meeting tent next year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 22, 2008 12:12 PM

My two questions for all the ministers speaking is:

Are they pro-choice or at least willing to not tell their congregations to oppose a pro-choice candidate

Are they supportive of having Gay and Lesbian peole recieve full human and civil rights.

If not they shouldn't be speaking to a convention whose platform asks that we guarentee these things

Posted by: Peter Rosenstein | August 22, 2008 12:01 PM

Perhaps Jeremiah Wright is available?

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 12:00 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't want to be seen as endorsing Barack HUSSEIN Obama either.

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 11:37 AM

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