By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN)–President Barack Obama's campaign is continuing its push for people of faith to cast a November ballot in their favor. On Monday they unveiled a "People of Faith for Obama" a new initiative to mobilize voters that included Web video of the president and a faith platform.
In the video candidate Obama makes the case that his faith plays a major role in his decision-making process. He says when hearing stories of faith from Americans he is touched, “They reinforce the power of my Christian faith which has guided me through my presidency and in my life, as a husband, as a father, and as a president.”
The president also made specific reference to the issue of religious liberty. “In a changing world, my commitment to religious liberty, is and always will be unwavering,” he said.
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Religious liberty has become a hot-button political issue in this campaign cycle after the administration was criticized by religious leaders over a mandate on insurance companies covering the cost of contraceptives in certain situations, which some felt were a violation of their beliefs.
In the video the president also framed the auto bailout and the passage of health care legislation, two signature issues of his presidency, as playing into his faith narrative. "We're greater together than we are on our own. These shared moral obligations have guided me as president," he said.
“On issues like education, poverty, and immigration, I’m standing on the side of human dignity and the belief in the inherent worth of all human beings,” he added.
The campaign is also releasing what it's calling a "faith platform."
"This document really puts together a full picture of the president's case to people of faith," a campaign staffer close to the effort said speaking on background because the information was not yet public.
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The platform is broken down into three categories the staffer said: economic security for families, being our brothers and sisters' keeper, and faith in public life.
The platform will be hosted on the campaign website and sent out to campaign field offices.
This effort was long-planned, a campaign spokesmen speaking on background said and not in response to any particular hot-button issue like religious liberty. "We've been launching programs over the last year or so and they are on a rolling basis." The staffer noted they launched an effort targeting support among African-American voters in February among others.
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The campaign staffer close to the initiative said they thought the program would have specific resonance with key groups the campaign has been targeting for support, Catholics and young evangelicals.
Catholics, their thinking goes, would be attracted to the appeal for working for the good of everyone.
"A constituency the president has spent a lot of time thinking about and a lot of time engaging with has been young evangelicals, the sort of 18-39 subset," the staffer added. "These are folks who care about international aid. These are folks who care about things like adoption."
The campaign initiative is being headed by Michael Wear, the Obama campaign's National Faith Vote Coordinator, Derrick Harkins, Director of Faith Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, the Rev. Regena Thomas, pastor of Allen A.M.E. Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Katherine Archuleta, a political director for the campaign, and Broderick Johnson, a campaign adviser who focuses on Catholic outreach.
Who will god vote for ?
According to the consti.tution your god doesn’t get a vote. But if he is going to try… better make sure he has valid id.
@one: neither because he isn't american thus can't vote. lmfao
I voted for President Obama in 2008. I do feel that he is working for the rights of “the least of these. However, in spite of what he says, he does not uphold our religious liberties. Obama could have just given more money to Planned Parenthood or used on line mail prescriptions for birth control. Instead, he decided to be the first president in history to deny those of us who value the life of unborn children conscience protection and make us pay either indirectly through our insurance companies or directly if we self-insure. And the fines towards Christian companies and churches that self-insure are higher than those levied on companies like Enron. (One company is being fined 1.3 million PER DAY for their 13,000 employees. They are only asking to be exempt from paying for the three drugs that they feel abort an embryo by destroying its ability to implant on the mother’s uterine wall.) If President Obama is committed to religious freedom, why is he trying to destroy Christian business? Why is he willing to destroy long held conscience rights?
President Obama is an excellent speaker who appears to be very compassionate. Unfortunately, his actions speak louder than his words. I will not be voting for him again.
I just don't get atheists. They claim to know all but can't answer the simple question why the world exists at all. The Bible on the other hand makes it perfectly clear. Turn to the Bible the source of all the truth from the LORD Himself. And vote GOP – the only party to uphold true Christian values.
You're either a troll or retarded.
Atheism= the rejection of belief in deities. Where in that definition does it say that atheists know everything?
Right, why the world exists is a "simple" question.
Science answers what, and how, not why. And unlike religion, it does not claim to have all the answers.
The fact you think the world has to have a reason for existing shows your lack of critical thinking skills.
You're losing the election, DUMB_GOP, with your candidate and his planet Kolob fairy. And you lack the balls to be honest and admit that you don't know the answer to your "why" question. That's one big difference between you and a scientist. Another is that you are just very stupid; scientists are generally much smarter than you are.
"GOP – the only party to uphold true Christian values"
Thanks GO_GO. I needed a good laugh. That's the funniest thing I've seen today.
Tom Tom the other
How is it you can say creation has no purpose for existence yet believe you have purpose for existence
Say it ain’t so? Democrats and Republicans have had their shot at running this country and both have proven to claim Christ as their savior yet act completely contrary to the foundations of that belief.
As to scientists 42% believe in the supernatural so the generalization does not hold.
No, if you are an atheist you have a belief that there is no personal God. Why do you keep insisting there is a difference between no belief in God and a belief that there is no God? Atheists have fixed certain beliefs such as that upon death their existence is the same as that of a frog or a cancer cell. This belief is based on faith because there is no scientific evidence to support what you claim to know. Atheists have a firm fixed belief that there is no eternal soul yet have the same amount of scientific evidence as do say Christian (empirical observation conveniently ignored).
Forget agnostic atheists for the moment I am just speaking of the old die hards.
actual article t.itle:
Obama Campaign Expands Christian Cult Effort in an Attempt to Bring in Zombie Voters
Its funny that Atheists have to constantly put down others to make themselves feel better about their own confusion and lack of self-worth.
I laugh heartily at your feeble attempts to sow hatred and discord! Haha!
do you find any irony in the fact that you're doing exactly what you charge atheists with doing?
What is more hateful than preaching atheists will burn in hell for not believing ?
A hypocritical theist? No way!
Jimalim, now that you've vented your frustrations with your useless life, you can go back to chasing little boys like you were doing before you posted your rubbish.
OMG! Keep religion out of politics and vice versa already, sick, sick, sick of it.
You don't know what sick is yet.
Faith? Liberals hate religion...unless your a Muslim.
You would probably call me a liberal, but really I'm a moderate. I believe in the United States and our Const.itution and so I believe that everyone in this country has the right to worship or not worship as they choose, christians, muslims, atheists, pagans, etc. When someone tries to use their religion to deprive others of their rights, that's when I get angry.
The problem your statement has is to factor in the African American churches which vote Liberal/Democrat all the time. So, as a Conservation African American I am aware that the majority of my church does vote Liberal.
Good point mark, but you are just pointing out the hypocrisy that is the ‘black church’.
Stealing from my rich neighbor to give to my poor neighbor is theft.
Real charity is out of my own pocket not my neighbors tax burdens.
Redistribution is Marxist & not very Christian. Jesus never asked Caeser to care for the needy, he left that to us as a "Personal Responsibility".
Sheesh. You didn't have to bring religion into this. All you had to say was that you would rather let homeless children starve than have tax rates get raised back to what they were in the Reagan years. All you had to say was that as long as you have yours, you don't care what happens to anyone else.
I bet you're a christian republican.
Tallulah, it's hard to ride the fence on this one because he does have a bit of a point. If we are in a country where all are meant to be treated equally then that also should apply to the tax code and we all should be taxed on an equal percentage as well. If you raise taxes on the rich then we have a bunch of nuts in both parties trying to define what is rich and that kind of arbitrary power can come back to haunt us because that line can dip down really fast if they think that they can get more money out of each American. So, while it might be Trump today it could be you or me tomorrow and then soon the poor mother or father that is busting their rear working at minimal wage at Target is getting taxed at some percentage higher than the person that is sitting at home.
I prefer to cut some where that is not social welfare to help feed kids. Sorta, 40 fighter jets, knock off five. Then again, that might put people out of work.
Ecch.... Hard to "find another way" when dealing with the budget. :)
I agree with keltic 100%, minus the Jesus stuff.
Reblogged this on catherinephung.
Obama's real faith:
Only for the new members of this blog–
Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. BO's support of abortion/choice however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting bloc in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??
The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39.
39 x 2 million = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is ~ one million/yr.
And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!
i.e. THEREFORE AS IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION, HE WILL EASILY WIN THIS ONE.
And the irony:
All because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)
i.e. IF THE PILL AND MALE CONDOMS WERE USED PROPERLY, ABORTION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AND OBAMA WOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT NOW OR IN THE FUTURE.
If abortion were considered elimination, like taking a shit with professional help, then it wouldn't be an issue.
Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life IN ALL ITS FORMS and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!
Obama campain has clinton speaking. This guy cheated on his wife.He preached family values and now speaks for Obama. Bad choice.
We seem to be forgetting about our illustrious VP, well-known for his plagurism and his "forgetfulness" of the truth.
This should be an interesting election – this platform has been reduced to nothing but pandering to get votes. They pander to the LGB community under the guise of "equality", those on welfare under the guise of "healthcare" and the hispanics under the guise of 'immigation reform". And now – it's religion.... You have the DNC wanted to take out references to God and Israel. Then – after the episodes of boo-ing God, they feel they have 2:1 majority to put God back into their platform. It was offensive... Now, they are launching a faith-based initiative.
I'd rather have a President that takes a stand for what they believe in as opposed to flip-flopping to pander for votes.
So it has become a faith off.
Who can pander the most to the imaginary sky fairy to get the dumb to vote for them.
No, all those other issues that are facing our country don't matter, only how pious one seems.
Maybe they will both start hauling around crosses, which will just keep getting bigger as each one tries to prove just how much he loves god as the weight and size of the cross increases.
The more science advances, the further the fundies sink into never never land.
here's news much more important than anything religious:
ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2012) — Biologists and informaticists at Indiana University have produced one of the most extensive pictures ever of mutation processes in the DNA sequence of an organism, elucidating important new evolutionary information about the molecular nature of mutations and how fast those heritable changes occur.
for the full story, go to:
more proof to validate evolution. eat it, fundies.
god would be the worst mass murdered in history - if he actually existed. he's performed infanticide numerous times. how can anyone worship a god that murders babies? he killed babies in sodom and gamorrah when he obliterated the cities. he killed 42 children for making fun of one of his prophets. he drowned countless babes in his great flood. how can anyone say the christian god is about love after he's killed so many children?
you have been told many times yet you persist in your lies.
just because you don't like what it says doesn't mean it doesn't say that. try reading your bible. god drowned every single living thing on earth in his great flood except one family and 2 of each animal they took on their ark. aside from the fact that this is a childish story and logistically impossible, it means god drowned every human being on earth but one family. that means every babe, child, the elderly, the physically disabled, mentally challenged, the sick and infirm, etc. god killed babies. he drowned literally millions of people. according to the christian myth of noah's ark. disgusting.
Once again, justice is not evil it is necessary, and the 42 you keep saying were killed were never mentioned as killed in the Bible. Remember" tare" is beaten not killed.
wrong. 'tare' means 'tear', as in 'tear apart' or 'torn apart'. bears don't punch people. lol. don't sugar coat it. god sent bears to maul 42 children.
and the flood and destruction of sodom and gamorrah? there were babies in those cities. NO BABIES ARE EVIL AND DESERVING OF DEATH. that you think otherwise tells me what a terrible, terrible person you are. and christianity is all about love and compassion, eh? what a joke.
Arminites, Midianites, Canaanites.
And lo, the she bears did swat the little children on their swaddled bottoms. And the little children did cry out and say "Oh why did we make sport with the prophet of the lord? the she bears do beat us so dreadfully".
Not to be sassy or anything, but did you know that abortion has either been the cause of equal to or more than deaths of babies than the people in the Holocaust? And as for Sodom and Gomorrah and Herod etc. our God is a loving God; He doesn't want to hurt us–He's like a father. I'm sure the babies who were innocent of their parents' crimes went straight to heaven. And by the way, we celebrate the Holy Innocents as saints because they were martyrs. (I'm Catholic)
I'm sorry if this offends you or sounds like one of those annoying rants you would find on YouTube, but please don't call my faith a joke. I don't know what you believe in, but I'm sure that I would respect whatever it is.
so no limbo for the unbaptized anymore? Did all those unbaptized babies from the good old days get a 'get out of limbo free' reprieve?
i have every right to call your faith a joke. i will respect you - but i don't have to respect your ideas. i'm free to disagree.
"I'm sure the babies who were innocent of their parents' crimes went straight to heaven. And by the way, we celebrate the Holy Innocents as saints because they were martyrs. (I'm Catholic)"
are you serious? in order to be sent to heaven, you have to die/be killed. you don't seem to want to say that god killed babies. you are saying it - just in a nice way so it doesn't sound like the horrific act it is. "they went to heaven" sounds sweet, but it means they were murdered first. and because you name a day after innocent people that were murdered doesn't make everything okay. it could also be called a day to commemorate people wrongly murdered by an unjust god. there is absolutely NO reason to murder a newborn. stop making excuses for an act of sheer cruelty.
Got some bad news for you, god just spoke to me and said he does not love you.
Sorry, but it was god and all so it must be true.
Hope you like the heat.
Once again you yourself admit that tare is not killed and once again you show absolute ignorance as to the meaning of the entire episode. As to the flood , yes all creation was judged including the babies such as they were etc. and found guilty, there were giants in those days and had that been left without judgement there would probably be nothing here today. The judge has the right and the responsibility to judge then, now and at the future judgement. Justice is coming.
In America – we have freedom of religion. People do not run around this country killing each other in the name of religion. A majority of people are killed in America for their money, for power and control. So – if religion and God were the basis of murder, as you proclaim, how do you explain the murders in America?
@tbt, " there were giants in those days and had that been left without judgement there would probably be nothing here today."
Can you please provide a reference to support that statement ?
Bootyfunk is so spot on, and look at all the little babies and mothers slaughtered in childbirth because Eve ate the apple 'God' knew she would eat from the moment he alledgedly put it there. If there is a God he will have a special place for atheists who used the brain he gave them and refused to believe the evil writings that man put together making him look like the worst barbarian that could possibly be imagined, when God awaits me we will have lots to talk about, but if he's like what you religious nuts believe – well I'll go to hell rather than associate with the beast you worship.
There were giants in those days!!! lol.
Uh, the democrats took "God" out of their platform and then put Him back in on a voice vote that didn't pass the 2:1 requirement (if you bother to watch a u-tube video of that vote). They insist on forcing the Catholic church and its hospitals to support abortion and other issues that violate their principles. This stuff in the article is just an attempt to confuse the issue for the election. What sleezeballs.
As an atheist, I don't mind an outreach from the campaign stating where they agree with certain religious leanings. I have an issue with pandering to the religious mob that simply wants to either end the world so they can all live in heaven or to hold everyone back so that we can all be "pure" (their personal definition, not them dirty brown people's.) A statement of "I, TOO BELIEVE IN MAGIC SKY CAKE" does nothing to build my trust in anyone.
As an atheist you are a worthless pos. After that you have nothing to offer.
Great Job Obama. Take it to the Repubtards. They have brainwashed this group for years.
It is about time that people of faith vote for the party that is for the people. Jesus would approve of this.
Latinos for Obama 2012
You do realize that you have to be an actual citizen of this country to vote no matter who you are "for". We are seeing a 70/ 30 trend towards the next President of the USA. The smart money goes to the winners, do not isolate the entire Latino community with the losing side, use some common sense. Romney / Ryan 2012
"You do realize that you have to be an actual citizen of this country to vote no matter who you are "for"."
he said he was latino, he didn't say he wasn't a citizen. why would any minority vote for a republican? that'd be voting against their own best interest. vote for the party that cr@ps on you every chance they get? lol, not likely. romney's going to lose badly to obama – good defeats evil once again.
To the winner go the spoils, those that lose, lose twice. Once at the polls and then in the distributions of the prize. Romney / Ryan 2012
agreed. too bad it's romney that's going to lose...
Now Romney wishes he was Latino:
"My dad, as you probably, know was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico ... and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this," Romney said. "But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico.... I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino."
But we know he only really cares about the 1%. Here's what he thinks of the 47%:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are ent'tled to health care, to food, to housing."
It is mid September and the Obama fire isn't there. 70/ 30 Romney/ Ryan 2012
where are you getting 70/30?
Learn to see the political signs, unemployment, hope and change shot and failed, deep debt , no solutions, out of control energy prices, all discretionary spending drained down the gas pump and a President detached and distant. 70/ 30 might be generous to the current administration. Romney/ Ryan 2012
so you think 70% will vote romeny and 30% obama? LOL! that can't be what you're saying....
republicans and their laws/policies favoring the rich is what god us into the 2nd worst depression in our country's history. obama has doubled the stock market since he took office, literally from 6500 to 13k. he saved the car industries. he's added 4 million jobs. stop crying that the dems haven't clean up the republican mess fast enough. one term and he's halfway there - another and obama will fix and the destruction the republicans have caused.
Even Romney is praying to Elohim for 49%, with an electoral college distribution that still gets him to 270.
He himself declared that a minimum 47% of the population will vote for Obama.
oh, btw, the most anyone has ever won with was 61% of the popular vote, so 70% for romney would be a new record - and nearly mathematically impossible.
And yet 70 % is a very real possibility this time for the reasons already stated. Real change is around the corner and you and your kind will not like it. Romney/ Ryan 2012
The true faith of the people of the USA and all democrasies is the faith in freedom of self-rights.
...."religious" faiths are all branches of the tree of freedom of all religions.
But there is Only One Creation, Only One Creator God, One True Way of Life, One Hope, One Son, One Savior and coming King...Jesus Christ
...all who embrace the way of man, the way of self-rights....will be rejected by Christ.
Only a complete idiot would believe that bullshit.
Prayer changes things.
It is perfectly natural to be atheist. People are born with no knowledge of God and have to be deceived and indoctrinated into belief.
You could not be more in error Tom. Children come direct from the throne of God with an inner knowledge of God. Life on earth gives a person the right and option to choose God in love and so to return to God and the wonderful eternity God has prepared especially for them. Woe to that foolish person who would deny a child eternal life. God bless
Huh? Are you done yet? Still unable to give evidence of your cookie cutter assertions just sayin?
The answer was within your heart from the moment of your conception. God bless
tom's point is that no child has knowledge of god till his parents indoctrinate him into their particular cult/religion. we are all born atheists.
Tom and you are wrong butterfink. God bless
children believe whatever religion their parents/community believe. stop being so daft.
So the answer to my question would be no, you have nothing even resembling evidence.
The inner knowledge of God is indwelt in all people before birth and activated in our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord. Woe to those that deceive with false gods and lies. God bless
God has revealed Himself to us in these last days through His Son Jesus Christ. There is the evidence you should be seeking. God bless
would you condemn a child born to the Bush people of Africa that never even heard the word "Jesus" to hell for not believing in the christian god?
The Bible covers that eventuality. God bless
Still nothing on your side. I sometimes envy the utter simplicity of thought you allow yourself to get away with. Then I realize I like complex thought processes and I'm no longer envious.
When you call Truth nothing you show yourself to be lacking character, with an extremely faulty thought process. Your sin has overwhelmed you. God bless
To Tom Tom and Others...
Why is believing in something that you cannot see so difficult to grasp? Man is not omnipotent – Man did not create the planet, the stars, nature or even us for that matter. So how is the belief that something greater than ourselves is at work here so hard to grasp? No amount of intellect or common sense from Man will ever explain this. Scientists can theorize all they want – but they can only theorize on what they know, not what they don't know.
To take it one step further – why do we believe that Christopher Columbus discovered America? Or that the Crusades were fought over religious differences? Or who was the first king of England? I'm pretty sure none of us were around when these events happened – so what is our basis for history and what we believe about our past?
christianity is a cult, like ALL religions. what is the difference between a religion and a cult? one is accepted by society - one is not. other than that, ZERO difference.
cults are not good for you. leave the cult. think for yourself. be a better person.
You don't understand what cult is, any different than you don't understand 99% of everything else you post.
Be a better person like you Booty? Liar, Deceiver, Hater?
Leo, Booty meant to be a better person like me. He does understand what a cult is, and the mere fact you disagree with his assertion is proof you do not know what a cult is. You simply feel because your cult has more members that it couldn't be the same type of nonsense that you perceive other cults to be. You're asleep at the wheel. Start using your head for more than a hat rack.
liar, deceiver, hater? lol. you looking in the mirror?
you won't understand you're in a cult until you leave the cult. think for yourself. try it. i dare you.
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