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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

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soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. mike

    I believe in Jesus, but Christianity is a cult, and Christians are the worst of hypocrites, they promote hate instead of love. Christians are nothing like Christ.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  2. Tanz

    Mormonism is a CULT....................they are not religious they are a pack of racist brainwashed illiterates........

    November 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  3. Cleg Burris

    Heck yeah, that's telling em!

    November 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  4. NeverJudgeAnyone

    All I am waiting for is the world to end...

    November 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Hypatia

    We never were, fool

    November 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  6. alan

    How dare someone use Obamas words against him.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • NeverJudgeAnyone

      Alan, for those of us who did not vote for Obama have every right to use his words against him. He lied about our 4 US people killed in Libya when he knew that day. That's one of many mistakes. Now in these 4 years we have every right to call him out on his promises because we have seen the last 4 years. WHERE ARE THE JOBS HE PROMISED IN 2008? Can't answer that, can you? Will he fix the voting problems for the active military who did not vote 2012? My prediction is no.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Scott

    Were John Adams and George Washington less Christians, or less Americans, for saying the same thing in 1797? i do not think so.

    Google the "Treaty of Tripoli"

    November 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  8. jamesedward91

    And this is supposed to get us psyched-up to vote for a Mormon?

    November 4, 2012 at 5:43 am |
  9. Carmenz

    Many of you so call Christians will not see the face of God! You talk about the Democrats as not being Christians but you all are so hateful that God will refuse to see you hypocrits. He says, you will come to himm and say God, God and he will indicate to you he never knew you. God is also going to whip you for calling his name in vain so you better stop playing with God. For your information, Mr Romney is not a Christian, he is Momon. The Focus on the family can not be a true believe in the Word.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Zebula

      Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state. Separation of church and state.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • NeverJudgeAnyone

      Carmenz, your comments alone judge others which is not Christian. Obey the 10 commandments and read the Bible daily. Love thy brother, pray for your enemies, You creating more hatred by your comments.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Hiram

      Focus on the Family is a radical, far-right Group who have had their butts handed to 'em in a sling, with this Election. We can hope they return back under whatever rock they crawled from under.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • mike

      @NeverJudgeAnyone, you are a classic hypocrite. You christians spend all day judging anyone who isn't in your camp, and then as soon as you get read, you pull out this "by calling me out it makes you a hypocrite" card. We rational thinking, future-oriented of society are ready for you guys to disappear. You bring hate and destruction and divisiveness to all, if it weren't for your insanity, civilization would be 1,000 years advanced, and I would have a flying car by now.

      November 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  10. Jimed

    WHY ARE ALL THE DEMOCRATS WORRIED ABOUT US CHRISTIANS THEY HAVE HAD THIER FUN FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS WHAT HAPPENED TO THIER POLICY OF SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. THE GAME IS OVER FOR OBAMA HE'S BEEN IN OVER HIS HEAD FROM THE BEGINING THOUGH IT IS A SHAME WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER CANDIDATES TO CHOSE FROM BUT THE DOG CATCHER OF THE SMALLEST TOWN IN THR GREAT USA WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB AND WOULD HAVE STOOD UP FOR AMERICAN VALUES BETTER THAN HUSANE AND ALL HIS CZARS HAVE DONE!!!!!! BYE BYE OBAMA !!!!!!!

    November 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Steamr

      You sound like your off your meds. ;) Take from a MA resident who voted for Romney as governor here – he was a DISTASTER for MA, would be INCREDIBLY more so on the national scene!

      Obama / Biden 2012!!!

      November 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Kate

      YOU'RE SO MISGUIDED when you aren't smart enough to understand than many of us ***REAL*** Christians ARE IN FACT Democrats!! We are the Christians who still believe in the teachings of Jesus, who are kind and compassionate and not filled with radical hate. We have been warned about evil coming in sheep's clothes. Well, we have to look no further than these hateful radicals using Jesus holy name to jusify their hatred and prejudices.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • cykill

      you know, there are christian demacrats...you dont have to be republican to be christian

      November 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  11. WachetAuf

    Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that religion is what it says it is and not simply a tedious metaphor. What is it that the Bible tells us about Satan? Satan is the great deceiver. Satan's strategy is to appeal to our primitive impulsive desires for material wealth. It is certainly what is being promised by our elected and unelected leaders. we believe ourselves to be a nation of supermen who create our own morality. We follow Ayn Rand who borrowed her ideas from Neitzsche ("God is dead") Would God/Jesus entice us with promises like this? Of course not. The Bible has a different message. So called "Christianity" is not what it pretends to be. Jesus himself was not a Christian. Most Christians do not follow Jesus' teachings and we are not a Christian nation. When radical Muslim clerics accuse us of being the Great Satan, we should take them seriously and re-examine who we are, what fundamental moral values and principles wil guide us, who we want to be and how to make the needed changes. Maybe we have taken a wrong turn somewhere.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • mcas35

      Whoa, whoa, whoa.... you can say whatever you want about God and these phony politicians. However, don't you DARE say there is any connection between Ayn Rand and Nietzsche!!! First off, the "God is Dead" quote you've used is so completely out of context that I kind of want to smack you for it. Ayn Rand didn't say anything of the sort. She called religion a farce and an excuse not to face the "rational" explanation that man can only serve himself.

      The "God is dead" quote has nothing to do with Ayn Rand, she didn't take it from Nietzsche, and if you had any clue what you were talking about (or any ability to understand the context of the quote) you'd know that. Nietzsche was not anti-God in any way. He was anti-religion in the sense of organized religion, and the "God is Dead" quote finishes with "and we have killed him." He was pointing out that the morality that we supposedly gained from a belief in God had been warped and molested by organized religion in order to perpetrate the "herd mentality". Nietzsche loved God, he hated what we, as charlatans and frauds, had done to our own people in his name.

      You can call these charlatans and monsters that we call politicians all the names you want. Don't you dare accuse Nietzsche of having anything to do with Ayn Rand. She was crazy of her own accord.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:22 am |
  12. cocoandulasian

    My take on why one would say the US isn't a Christian nation would be that : 1. So many other religions have grown in numbers or 2, Because the type of Christianity practiced by so many now is so malignant and political in nature that it can no longer be considered christian..it is more of a fanatical sect now. It is a useful political tool for the right wing and an abomination to many other people.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  13. Linda T

    My Holy Bible tells me no one can change, add to or leave out words from God. Mormons are not in the christian family. Where in the King James Bible does it say TO BE CONTINUED. Oh! Oh! let me see NO WHERE. Where does God say he will put a Bible in the desert for a man to find and then we should start living by that book. There has been a lot of talk about faith in this election but just because your church has a name and people follow you does not make them or you christian. I sorry but if I do vote for Rommey it will not be because he is a christian because as far as I am considered he is not.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Kates Mom

      I will be voting for Romney also even though he belongs to a cult.
      Sad thing is, If Romney is elected, some Christians will leave for Mormonism.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Cal

      Linda T
      The Jewish Tanakh (basically, the Old testament) doesn't end with "to be continued" either, you know?

      November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • sarah

      Neither does just about any other books of mythology , , ,

      November 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      And what is so special about the King James Version of The Babble? Wasn't it created from an earlier version?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Cal

      0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls
      That's the beauty of it, none of the original versions are still around. The earliest manuscripts date from the second century, plenty of time for copyists to have embellished upon the originals.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Kel

      I used to be Mormon. I can tell you that Mormons are Christians and teach the Bible and believe that Christ was the son of God and was crucified on the cross and resurrected. How is that not Christianity? People get so hung up on the specifics. So why did I stop being Mormon you might ask? It has nothing to do with Mormonism. I don't believe in God, therefore I don't subscribe to any religion. But there is definitely misconceptions about the LDS church. My advice for you is to attend a session of church at an LDS church, and see if it is really as radically different as you think it is. I've attended other church services like Methodist or Protestant churches. There are some differences, but they all essentially boil down to the same thing.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • bob

      Gotta love this people arguing which fantasy is true the answer is NONE

      November 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Amber

      Linda Romney is not a Christian he is a Mormon, and the purpose of this is Mormons,Christians,Catholics,etc all believe in the same god just read scripture different, MUSLIM believes in a different god that is the point here obama is a muslim

      November 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • MCR

      @Amber, Christianity and Islam are both sects of Judaism. Each have their own sub-sects (Bahai, Mormonism etc.), but at the time. of the divisions, they all were worship a concept with continuity. If you get down to the history, Judaism was just a branch of Persian Zoroastrianism, which is likely a root also of Hindu, and hence Buddhist beliefs. If your into the God thing, I'd say most of Eurasia and the America's are worshiping the same gods.

      November 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  14. Iqbal Khan

    November 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  15. bp

    “The greatness of Christianity did not lie in attempted negotiations for compromise with any similar philosophical opinions in the ancient world, but in its inexorable fanaticism in preaching and fighting for its own doctrine.” – Adolf Hitler

    "I like your Christ. Christians, not so much. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." – M. Gandhi

    November 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      This troll is not a christian.`

      November 2, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs._

      November 2, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Anonymous

      Cleg Burris here. I beg to differ on this point. It is most contentious and not worthy of a direct answer. So I"m going to give out some fitness advice here. When doing Chin-ups be very careful about toe placement.

      January 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  17. Pete

    ...And Billy Graham no longer considers Mormons a cult as of a couple of weeks ago.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Val

      He'll soon "rediscover" that they're a cult once Mittens loses next week and whatever political advantage he's dreaming about evaporates. Then he'll meet with the president and "reaffirm" his confidence in him.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      It is amazing what a little money from mittins can do. But gram, dobson, and FotF are all 100% evil bigotous monsters, as are all fundimentalist theists. fairy tales are not truth.

      November 3, 2012 at 5:24 am |
  18. nojinx

    I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Romney thinks Christians are better than non-Christians.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  19. Wayfaring Stranger

    A Word for All of Us.

    It has been drawn to my attention that the path of Hurricane Sandy made the shape of the Hebrew Letter LAMED, ל I find that most interesting as this letter in Hebrew means to learn, it also speaks of the King of Kings. This very strongly indicates to me that the King of Kings is not only telling us something but He is teaching us how He feels about what is happening in the United States of America.

    When I first noticed the path of the storm Sandy looked like Lamed, I stopped and begin to pray over this, and during prayer and asking God what did this mean, I heard in my spirit that small still voice that speaks to those who know His Voice.

    "This is the beginning of Great Sorrows for the Churches have fornicated with other gods and have offered up prayers that are a stench to my nostrils. Those who have called themselves people of God have deceived the people and fed their own bellies with unclean foods of greed and spiritual pride. No man can save them now, for those who know me and I them must know My Word is the Beginning and the End of all things, now it must rain on the just and the unjust alike. There is still time for repentance for those who have sinned against Me, but Judgment now will fall on the Nations who have come against Jerusalem and My people.

    As for Jerusalem I say to you, I will cleanse my house first, fall on your faces and repent before it is too late. You have invited horrible sins into My House and the time for cleansing has come near.

    END of MESSAGE

    Shalom, JG

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Romnesia

      Surely you mean LAME

      November 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      It couldn't have been a random affect of wind, temperature, water, rotation of the planet and the layout of the land?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Royearle

      If God could move a storm, why couldn't S(He) just print a pamphlet and mail it to everybody to fill them in on what's up?

      Seems like that would be easier.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  20. netofunk

    I don't understand this article. When were we a christian nation? People that don't know our history might fall victim to organizations like the Focus on the Family people. Most of us know that group is a cover for religious bigots.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • JohnQuest

      Way back in the beginning of the country, those that could actually vote (read Landowner: Males of European decent), were mostly Christian. Not All but it could be argued that most were one form of Christian or another.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • UncleBenny

      Yeah, they were Deists. a far cry from today's common form of Christianity. Deism does not involve a personal God who intervenes in human history at his whim. Look it up.

      November 7, 2012 at 10:47 am |
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