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Pastors Were Among Obama Faithful

Several Prince George's pastors were among those who turned out for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign appearance in the county on Wednesday.

"He has won me over," said the Rev. Grainger Browning, pastor of the 10,000 member Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington. "He represents a fresh change and as president, he has the opportunity to change how this country is viewed around the world."

Also on hand were Maryland State Sen. Rev. C. Anthony Muse, the Rev. Joel Peebles, assistant pastor of the 19,000 member Jericho City of Praise, and the Rev. Jonathan Weaver, pastor of the Greater Mount Nebo AME Church and head of the Collective Banking Group.

Browning attended the rally with his wife, co-pastor Joanne Browning. He said while he was encouraged by the multi-racial gathering of people who attended the event, he wished that more county politicians had attended.

"At one time I was a Shirley Chisholm delegate to the Democratic Convention," Browning said. "There was only a small number of people who thought she had a chance. I hope that the day will come when people will vote on their convictions and not on who they think will win."

Muse said that even though he is undecided on a presidental candidate, it was refreshing to see so many college students and citizens coming out to hear the issues.

"Obama represents the candidate of change," Muse said. "My hope is that the church will come together and realize that we have a voice in this too and that we will not be voice less. We might not agree on the same candidate but it is importanbt that everyone be part of the process."

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 11, 2007; 6:13 PM ET
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Looks like Norman Hsu's chimed in from the slammer.

Posted by: Combo #5 | October 12, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Odd that some churches are allowed to actively participate in political campaigns while others are not.

I guess they just must be the "more equal" ones.

Posted by: Rufus | October 12, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I bet those pastors are opposed to a 20% increase in the state's regressive sales tax.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 12, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama is another example of how the Democratic Pary claims to be the party of minorities, yet, watch closely in the coming weeks to see them cutting the dock lines and pushing him back out to sea. Just like they did with Mfume.

Meanwhile, the racist Republicans have the first black SecratarieS of State and the first black statewide elected official in Maryland who also came very close to being the state's first black Senator before again being "kept down" by Democrats.

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