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Anti-Obama mail piece: ‘We are no longer a Christian nation’
October 31st, 2012
07:12 AM ET

Anti-Obama mail piece: ‘We are no longer a Christian nation’

By Peter Hamby, CNN Political Reporter

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Focus on the Family, the Colorado-based social conservative organization founded by evangelical author and radio host James Dobson, is targeting Iowa voters with a mailing that quotes President Obama as saying “we are no longer a Christian nation.”

The fold-out brochure, which landed in Iowa mailboxes last week and was provided to CNN by a Des Moines-area voter, draws a series of contrasts between Obama and Mitt Romney on the issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and insurance coverage for contraception.

See the mailer here and here.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: 2012 Election • Ads • Barack Obama • Politics

soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. JamesS

    Looking at the Middle East and for that matter a lot of other countries should show that theocracies’ are not a good idea. I really don’t want to live in one, too much of a chance to be ruled by a nut case. Keep in mind there is little if any distinction between theology and mythology; they are really one in the same.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Stew thamas

    Country beicoming less Christian may be a step in the right direction, especially if it makes citizens more tolerant toward each other. Too many c followers want to control everyone by their own beliefs which in my opinion is unAmerican. We are a diverse nation – viva la differences. Mr. Obama is only stating the obvious as suggested by a number of sociological studies. When Cs rediscover the true basic teaching of "Love God and your neighbor as yourself" – "this is the all that's required" – get rid of the rest. Can you be a C and not love everyone, even those who disagree with you. Give to others and stop being so selfish.

    November 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  3. josh rogen

    we have a new Messiah, can't get any more Christian than that!

    November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  4. Kathy

    I think I may have just lost all respect for my favorite radio station.

    November 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  5. aurelius

    This election was not about the Dem and the GOP, and not even about the economy. It was about prejudice, racism and bigotry vs the rest of the nation. Rubio leaves door open to teaching creation. The rest of the world is laughing at us. CNN should never even refer to that clown, let along what he advocates. Let the fanatics at FOX make fools of themselves.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Ed

      Creationism can and should be taught...in church where it belongs.

      November 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  6. Truther455

    This nation was never a Christian nation. It began as a religious nation. The love of Christ would never have motivated people to kill off the natives and extract people from their country Africa to enslave them for their own selfish purposes. This nation has been anti-christian liars from day one.

    November 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • DJ

      true... except that Africa isn't a country

      November 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • algeewiz

      U know, Deeply Disturbed Religious people would be amusing if they weren't so scary. The facts speak for themselves. Religious zealots have been killing people for as long as there have been 2 sects & now we have 2 many. During our own civil disgrace, it was claimed that God was on both sides! Only if u live in a cave, (in which case u won't see this), the middle east is tearing itself apart in the name of 1 God or the other.
      It was my understanding that the Europeans came here to avoid religious persecution & the founding father saw the need for separation of church & state. i had hoped that Religious freedom gave US the right to 'live and let live'. But obliviously, I live in my own little world.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Toose

      You done truthed it, Truther!

      November 27, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Ed

      Considering that not everyone in the nation is Christian, I rather think NOT being a Christian nation is a good thing...

      November 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • AaaaCccc

      And it is interesting to me that under a Mormon president we would be a Christian nation. Preachers like Dobson retracted their statements about Mormons...

      November 29, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  7. Argle Bargle

    "Focus on the Family" is a hate group – not concerned with truth, but in radicalizing people and controlling them. Their idea of family is anyone ho wants to toe their line.

    November 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  8. Argle Bargle

    Typical pseudo-Christian hate tactics to spread a partial truth.

    November 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Argle Bargle

      If one reads the entire text of what Obama said, that is plain enough.
      And this country never has been a Christian nation.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  9. Greater Good

    Instead of choosing hate, ignorance, and denial, conservative Christians should choose love. If that's impossible, at least try acceptance this holiday season.

    November 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      God's word is the truth and the truth will set you free. Those who oppose Jesus Christ have these issues you speak of...

      November 23, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • midwest rail

      Contemporary Christianity is rife with arrogance, condescension, and hatred.

      November 23, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Argle Bargle

      @Correctlycenter – Many who say they follow Christ have those same issues.
      They speak the words, but their hearts are empty of truth and love.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  10. Miss Anne

    The only way we as a country will become as great as the majority of us KNOW we can be is when the hatred, bigotry and ignorance has stopped. Our country can, and I truly believe will be great when politcs and religion are actually separated. Religious freedom is a wonderful thing when everyone can actually worship as they chose if they chose too. Our government, if quite a few people involved would stop looking at the color of President Obama's skin and actually work with him, work TOGETHER, we will be great. Former president Clinton did something right as far as our economy went, why can't all of Congress and the President use Clintons ideas as a template of sorts to get us from the red to the black again? I know it took compromise for all involved, hard work and some of the things that needed to be implemented were't popular, but in the long run IT WORKED! I am so very sick and tired of the hatred, bigotry and ignorance, I really am. It is inexcusable, it is unecessary and those are the things destroying the UNITED States. I feel that if Mitt Romney had won there would be democrats still angry and threatening not to work with him, this is not just a republican problem this is an entire political system problem. The abortion issue, personally I feel that things such as Planned Parenthood need to be funded privately because if the government does not put one penny into Planned Parenthood then would they really have a leg to stand on as far as trying to dictate to any woman what she should or should not do? I really do not think so. This is how politicians religious beliefs get tangled up with abortion. Whomever holds the purse strings, right? I am pro-choice. For the record pro-choice DOES NOT EQUATE to pro-abortion. Pro-choice simply means that myself and others such as myself simply believe that the government should not have the right to tell any woman what she should or should not do on such a very personal level. That should be left up to that woman, her significant other and her family-if she so choses to involve her family. For those people who believe in God, I respectfully ask that you think f one thing: will it be YOUR soul "burning for all of damnation" if someone other than you makes the decision to have an abortion? No, it will be that woman having to stand before your God not you. And the nonsense with birth control. Are you kidding me? I find it difficult to believe that so many members of Congress are NOT aware of the medical benefits that pill gives millions of women. Obviously the pill was invented to help prevent pregnancies, however, it has been proven over and over and over again, that millions of women, when using the pill correctly, do NOT deal with extrememly painful menstrual cycles. They are regulated well too. Why is it that it is ok for insurance companies to cover things such as cialis, viagra yet some wish not to cover the pill? Honestly, that is a major double standard. Then of course the Catholic church for example had to get involved, personally, those leading the R.C.church need to make sure their own homes are clean before commenting on the homes of others, so to speak. For those of us who REALLY want the United States to be untied and great, we cannot wait for change to begin at the top. We need to get and atay in contact with our local, state and federal politicians and finally let them ALL know we have had enough! No more bigotry, in-fighting, double-standards, WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BETTER OF THE USA ALREADY!! I wonder just how far along we would be if all the unecessary nonsense had not occured. As for the racists, well, good luck with that-because the MAJORITY OF US AMERICANS WILL NOT TOLERATE THAT CRAP FROM ANYONE ANYMORE!! GROW UP ALREADY GET OVER YOURSELVES AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM which is getting the USA ON TRACK AND STAYING N TRACK!! ty I wish all of you a great day-and a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    November 22, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Argle Bargle

      Many who claim to be Christians are not, but rather sheep who blindly follow the doctrines of men.

      Follow your own heart. Let God be your judge, not men playing god.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • AaaaCccc

      Few thoughts. One if we detach the requirement for employers to get healthcare insurance and require the same amount for a voucher, then it frees the individual to make moral choices on coverage.
      Employers get the cheapest deal, not the best coverage and you lose your insurance when you need it most since its discounted to the employer.

      Second, Cantor and Obama have asked for line item cuts on the budget. Check out Youcut on Cantor's website. It is unbelievable that they agree on cuts but Pelosi and Now Boehner block any constructive work on cutting nonsense out of the budget. Th American people will know Congress is serious when these cuts are made first. Then you look at the safety net to cut.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  11. rzaldyserna

    thank you, well said my friend

    November 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  12. rzaldyserna

    thank you my friend, well said

    November 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Dallasmarine

    Hate to break it to you bub, but this never was a "Christian" nation. It's an American Nation.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  14. pillsville piper

    Christians have made the mistake in the past of trying to legislate Christianity to the rest of the country. Jesus did not seek to change the politics or the laws of his day. He instead won the hearts and souls of the people he encountered. Christians should do the same today. We should be winning souls to Christ instead of trying to force the rest of the country to live by our rules. I am a democrat, and no one can tell me that I have to vote republican if I am a Christian. The republican party has for too long used Christianity to extract votes from people who have been convinced that to vote for a democrat is the same as voting against God. I know people who vote republican because of the abortion issue alone, some because of the gay marriage issue. What they don't understand is that republicans have less interest in the social issues than they would like you to know. In most cases they simply use social issues to get votes, not because their politicians truly intend to address those issues. Once elected, republicans usually address only one major issue, making the rich richer.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • David Turner

      Well said my friend.

      November 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • RonS

      P. Piper, I know others whom have made the same arguement, and I respectfully disagree. You state:

      "In most cases they simply use social issues to get votes, not because their politicians truly intend to address those issues."

      The last time I went over this with someone else (using abortion as the example) I pointed out no less than 14 separate pieces of legislation that were introduced by Republicans in a single year that would have placed some sort of restrictive regulation on abortion. In EACH CASE the bill was either defeated by Democrats or left to die in committee by the Democrats, and I supplied the vote counts to prove the point. To say that the Reps are just using these issues to get votes and don't "...truly intend to address those issues" is disingenuous at best. You are incorrect.

      November 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
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