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November 19th, 2011
10:31 PM ET

The gospel according to Herman Cain

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories looking at the faith of the leading 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. We profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.

(CNN) – On a bright spring day in 2007, a black-robed Herman Cain officiated the wedding of a young couple at a mansion outside of Atlanta. The sun sparkled on the pair’s wedding rings as Cain, an associate minister at a nearby church, held them aloft.

All seemed perfect.

When it came time for the bride and groom to exchange vows, however, Cain was dissatisfied with the volume of the groom’s “I do.”

"Say it louder," Cain told Matt Carrothers.

“When he tells you to say, ‘I do,’” the groom recalled, “it almost sounds like the voice of God telling you that and you take it very seriously.”

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michele Bachmann’s evangelical Christianity have all garnered much more attention than Cain’s Baptist-flavored beliefs.

On the campaign trail, Cain is more apt to talk about his business acumen and leadership skills than his faith. His unlikely rise as a straight-talking White House contender was pegged largely to the popularity among fiscal conservatives of his “9-9-9” tax plan.

But those who know Cain describe him as a devout Christian who leans on his faith in times of hardship. That would appear to include the present moment, when a flurry of sexual harassment allegations and a viral video of a Libya interview gaffe are renewing doubts about Cain’s legitimacy as a candidate.

Indeed, Cain’s religiosity runs deep enough that he regularly delivers sermons at his childhood church, has recorded a gospel music album and has a traveling minister as part of his campaign apparatus.

Carrothers - who worked as Cain’s political director during his failed 2004 bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia - says one of Cain’s favorite sayings is, “There’s our plan, and then there’s God’s plan.”

Rev Herman Cain presides over the wedding of Matt Carrothers and Debra Ann Delong.

“You may think that things are going wrong in your life,” Carrothers says, paraphrasing the candidate, “but just step back it will always get better.”

Faith and work, hand in hand

Cain’s faith journey began at a young age. Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, he and his parents joined Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta when he was 10.

The 134-year-old, historically black church was founded by freed slaves. For the Cain family, faith in God and hard work went hand in hand.

Cain has written that his family grew up so poor they were “po.” His mother was a maid and his father at times worked three jobs at once: as a barber, a janitor at Pillsbury and a chauffeur for Coca-Cola executives.

His father, Cain writes in his 2011 book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House,” worked and saved enough to buy a modest home and quit two of his jobs, rising in the ranks at Coca-Cola to become the CEO's private chauffeur.

Herman Cain, meanwhile, would climb the corporate ladder, rising to become the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and then head of the National Restaurant Association, where the sexual harassment charges originated.

Cain has always considered Antioch his spiritual home. The candidate declined to comment for this article, but Fred Robinson, a former Antioch minister who left to form his own church, says Cain’s late parents were pillars of the church.

Cain greets potential caucus voters prior to speaking at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event earlier this year.

After he returned to Antioch amid “great fanfare” in 2000, Robinson says, Cain became a fixture in the deacon’s corner, a row of seats near the pulpit.

On any Sunday, Cain could be seen sitting with the other deacons in his favorite light-blue dress shirt shouting, “Preach Rev!” or “Say it.”

Cain became a licensed associate minister at Antioch in 2002.

The liberal church of Herman Cain

“Like most ministers, I felt called to preach the word of God and minister to the least, the last, and the lost, and minister to His people,” he told Christianity Today.

Antioch officials and Senior Pastor Cameron Alexander declined interview requests, saying the church doesn’t divulge information about members or staff.

But congregants paint a picture of Cain as deeply involved, part of a group of associate ministers known as the Sons of Antioch. Members say that if a man feels called by God to preach, he can approach the senior pastor about it. A trial sermon is then arranged.

If the congregation and pastor approve, the man undergoes training in scripture and preaching and can be licensed by the church to preach.

The Sons of Antioch are given the honorific of “reverend.” The positions are unpaid.

Antioch is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. but like many Baptist churches, it operates largely autonomously. The process of appointing ministers is particular to the church.

As an associate minister, Cain sometimes preaches at Antioch and regularly helps distribute the elements of communion, a role he has kept up while campaigning for president.

Valencia Seay, a Georgia state senator and longtime member of the church, falls on the opposite end of the political spectrum from Cain. But she said they put politics aside on Sunday mornings.

From the pulpit, Cain is “charismatic, he is knowledgeable, he is on point, and he knows the Word.”

“He can lift a hymn,” she said. “It’s always enjoyable to hear a minister who can not only deliver a powerful message but also finish it with a song that speaks to that message.”

While in Omaha at Godfather’s Pizza, Cain put his singing to work, directing a men’s chorus at Pilgrim Baptist Church and cutting a CD of gospel tunes. The proceeds went to charity.

On the campaign, Cain sometimes sings for supporters and once serenaded reporters with a hymn at the National Press Club.

God-centered self-determinism

For all his church involvement, Cain’s message of self-determinism is seemingly at odds with Antioch’s focus on social justice.

The Rev. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, told CNN that Cain’s call for blacks to forget about racism and pull themselves up by their bootstraps doesn’t mesh with the philosophy of Antioch’s pastor.

“He’s not going to talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Durley says of Antioch’s pastor, Cameron Alexander. “It’s about providing bootstraps.”

Since becoming an associate minister at Antioch, Cain has preached in pulpits around the country, often eschewing the big paydays of motivational speaking gigs for modest preaching honorariums.

In many of those sermons, Cain has promoted a message of self-reliance.

In 2003, while Cain was running for Senate, he preached at the Crystal Cathedral, a high-profile church in Southern California headed at the time by the Rev. Robert Schuller.

“I told Bob that I was so excited that it inspired me to prepare a two-hour message for you this morning,” Cain told the congregation.

“Bob said, ‘That’s great, as long as you can do it in 20 minutes,’” Cain joked.

Cain’s sermon, which was beamed around the globe as part of Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” TV broadcast, focused on the biblical verse Mark 8:36.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Cain quoted.

As he continued, Cain's message seemed to harmonize with his libertarian politics.

“Finding your purpose in life is a continuous process that God reveals to each of us when we are ready and when God is ready,” he said. “Living our purpose in life is a decision.”

In the gospel according to Herman Cain, God may lay out plans, but it is up to each believer to push forward - regardless of obstacles - to reach that goal.

For Cain, that’s meant repeatedly running for political office despite his failure to win.

Cain addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Electronic Association earlier this month in McLean, Virginia.

From the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral, Cain traced his political career to an epiphany that accompanied the birth of his granddaughter in 1999.

“The first thought, so help me God, that went through my mind when I looked at that little face was, ‘What do I do to use my talents to make this a better world?’” Cain said. “God had revealed my next purpose in life at an unexpected moment.”

In his 2005 book, “They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It,” Cain said that epiphany led to worrying about
leaving Social Security and Medicare a “mess” for her.

“For three and a half years I would not be able to answer the question of what do I do to make this a better world,” Cain writes. “But I would often reflect on the words of the prophet Isaiah (40:31): ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.’”

In 1999, Cain formed Citizens for Cain Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a presidential bid in 2000, the National Journal reported at the time. He made campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to press reports, which focused on his business acumen and the fact that he was a black GOP candidate, not his religious proclivities. He eventually backed Republican candidate Steve Forbes and joined Forbes' campaign as a national co-chairman.

Three and a half years later, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate, saying the decision had been divinely inspired.

“Being on a God-inspired fast track of success and surviving the many things that could have gone wrong was no accident,” he writes.

He woke early one morning to study the Bible as he wrestled with whether to run for Senate.

The Bible fell on the floor, Cain writes, and opened to Matthew 18, where Jesus asks, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” - the same words he would quote from a different gospel at the Crystal Cathedral.

Later that week, Cain writes, he heard a sermon titled “The Calling” by Alexander at Antioch. After the service, Cain consulted with the pastor.

Cain said he felt God was calling him to run for Senate. According to Cain, the pastor responded: "How much louder does God have to tell you something?"

Not long after, Cain threw his hat in the ring.

Looking for God’s road signs

He would lose in the Republican primary to now-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, but Cain took a respectable 26% of the vote. Being a millionaire black conservative made him somewhat of a novelty, and he attracted lots of national and local press.

The experience helped Cain land a conservative radio talk show in Atlanta, a book deal and appearances on national television.

Indeed, Cain sees God’s hand in his 2004 loss. Referring to his radio show, Cain writes, “I believe that having that program was God’s way of forcing me to understand the critical issues confronting our nation.”

While his radio career was humming along, Cain faced a major challenge in February 2006, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

The diagnosis tested the faith of Cain and his wife, Gloria. But he saw the hand of God at various points in his treatment.

After the initial diagnosis, Cain’s Atlanta doctor wanted him to get a second opinion from a specialist in Savannah, Georgia, some five hours away by car. Cain didn’t want go, but then he learned the specialist’s name: Dr. Lord. That was the first sign.

Later, Cain went to MD Anderson Cancer Center, a Houston hospital specializing in cancer treatment, after his business pal Boone Pickens called to get him in.

The nurse who gave Cain and his wife their orientation tour at the hospital was named Grace. Yet another sign, Cain writes.

And when it was time for surgery, the doctors explained they would be making a J-shaped incision. “Like J-E-S-U-S?” Cain asked the doctor. The candidate would go on to call the incision a “Jesus cut.”

“You see, the Lord gives you these road signs - that is, if you know how to recognize them,” Cain writes.

By January 2007, Cain was cancer-free. The road signs began to change. He returned to the radio airwaves and began sowing the seeds of a run for president.

‘You got the wrong man, Lord!’

Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to.

In a campaign speech in early November, he told the Georgia Young Republicans he never considered running for president until he saw President Barack Obama’s “arrogant disregard for the people,” which he said weakened the county's economy, military and standing in the world.

“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. … More praying than I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“When I finally realized that this was God saying what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You got the wrong man, Lord! Are you sure?’ Now, you're not supposed to doubt God. But I'm going, ‘I think maybe you're looking at somebody else.’”

Cain announced his candidacy for president in January.

Cain speaks during a campaign visit to Versailles, a Cuban restaurant, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami on Wednesday.

To be sure, Cain is hardly the only candidate who has said that God wants him or her to run for president. Rick Perry and Bachmann have expressed similar sentiments.

“Maybe God just wants a good race,” says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Sabato points to the large numbers of religious Republican voters in the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina primary. Many voters in those states “respond to language like that,” Sabato says.

Benny Tate, senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, has accompanied Cain on the campaign trail, joining the candidate on recent trips to Ohio and New Hampshire. Tate said whenever they stop to eat on the road, “Herman will literally bow his head and thank God for that food. It may be something small, like a sandwich, but I’ve never seen Herman have a meal where he didn’t thank God for the meal.”

Despite that piety, Cain has had his fair share of trouble with the Christian Right.

In an October interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cain seemed to mix two disparate positions on abortion. He said he believes life begins at conception and that he opposes abortion in all cases.

But he also said government ought to stay out of a family’s decision - a line that seemed to speak to Cain’s limited government, tea party-flavored conservativism.

The comment enraged many anti-abortion groups and is featured in a new web ad for Bachmann that’s aimed at positioning the Minnesota congresswoman as the true anti-abortion candidate.

While most of the other Republican candidates have reached out to Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical organization and long a stopover for GOP figures, the group has not heard from Cain.

But those who know him say Cain’s focus on economic issues is an outgrowth of his faith and his view of an individual’s ability to chart his or her own course.

“Herman sees the pressing issues of our day are economic,” Tate said. “Because of his faith he sees that that can turn around. One way he sees that is through personal responsibility.

“Herman believes that, ‘By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread,’” Tate said, referring to Genesis 3:19, in which Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden.

Cain has used this idea to criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks,” he recently told The Wall Street Journal. “If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!”

That idea is not original to Cain. It is one long found in black churches.

“The fiscal conservative thread … not being dependent on anybody else, especially not ‘the white man,’ is a theme that is decades old in the black community,” said Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, a black megachurch in Maryland.

Jackson, who was invited to give an opening prayer when Cain kicked off his presidential campaign, says Cain is representative of many conservative black evangelicals - though he might not be getting many votes from the folks at Antioch.

The question remains whether Cain’s blend of self-determination and striving to complete what he sees as God’s plan will land him the Republican presidential nomination - whether he wants it or not.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Georgia • Herman Cain • Politics • Race • United States

soundoff (1,421 Responses)
  1. bystander

    I am shocked that in a country of over three hundred million people, this is the best that could be dug up to run for the most important office in the world. Nominate any of these clowns and it soon will NO LONGER be an important office. The lineup presented by the Republicans should be an embarrassment to all Americans. With all the urgent issues the USA has , it's to get over this obsession with religion ( and celebrities) and focus on smarts instead

    November 20, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  2. anthony stark

    Nobody wants to say it because it's trendy to hate Obama and all, but seriously, we could have done a lot worse in 2008. And from what I'm seeing, we can do a hell of a lot worse in 2012. I remember driving to work 3 years ago and realizing there was NO rush hour traffic. Between layoffs and gas prices, things had really got that bad. The dow had dropped below 7000 and Glenn Beck was crying on tv daily. Three years later, the dow is at ALL TIME highs, and droves of people are lining up to see an AWFUL vampire movie. Bin Laden along with several other terrorists we've been chasing for years is DEAD. Oh, and the troops will be home for Christmas. You can't be thrown off your healthcare plan when you need it most, and gays in the military can be as entertainingly flamboyantly gay as they want. He roasted Donald Trump and turned out to be a citizen after all in just one night. Whoever writes Obama's narrative needs to be fired. We could've done much worse.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  3. TommGI

    God told me NOT to vote for you for president.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Toome

      Me too!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  4. TRH

    Herman Cain is a man with a huge ego and a dangerous philosophy. Add to this his apparent belief in "god" which is delusional. He's quite simply very dangerous.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  5. EVIL

    Cain can think whatever he likes. The public can decide Personally, I like to think for myself.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  6. Andres

    People that claim to hear voices that tells them to do things are scary as crap. Delusional too of course.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Becca

      Oh My! GOD told him to run for the office ..... of the president geezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! I think he is in the wrong place if he is in any church. He needs to be some where else like a crazy house some where. Might as well leave OBAMA in as to vote for this goof ball.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Andres

      I know right? maybe what God actually told him was to check into the crazy house but in his delusion he understood *wink, wink, go and run for President of the U.S.A." not quite the same thing but there he is...microphone in hand, oh well...

      November 20, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  7. Patrick Manley

    One can argue the complexities of a man like Herman Cain. His attraction, however, despite conflicts and questions, is his ability to get to the core of a problem through clear thinking and decisiveness. I much prefer a candidate, and a President who makes an occasional mistake or fails from time to time because of his decisions, rather than the current president who never learns from his mistakes and has elevated indecision to the level of a trademarked brand.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  8. SAFENHISGRACE

    @ Bernard...The rest of the scripture in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5) says: "(Blessed are the poor) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...because they have asked Jesus to come into their heart!!! ANd, John 3:3 says "Jesus answered them and said unto him "Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" V:5 -7 says....Jesus answered "Verily verily, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again". If you dont know how GOd works & moves in the lives of His children, how then can you say anything against Him??? How??? only by pure ignorance, & fear. How can a mechanic tell a seamstress what type of thread setting to use when making the most intricate, delicate of design???? How can a trash collector tell a refrigeration tech how to wire an enormous sports arena or college campus for heat & A/C. people tend to open their mouths a lot about something they know absolutely nothing about & sound like fools!!!!! Fools despise wisdom & instruction...& the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! (Proverbs 1:7) Praise God for this mans obedience to Gods call on His life. Thank God a man who follows the wisdom of the Lord will be leading our nation......Halleleiujah!!! For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...that whosoever shall believe on Him, shall have everlasting life (Jn 3:16)!!!!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • albert

      There is a big difference between "Born Again" and being a Born Again Christian. Born Again Christians are a mockery and far removed from anything that the Bible teaches. They practice pagan customs and Greek mythology. Things that go against the Bible. Christmas and Easter are perfect examples. So how can a Born Again Christian tell others how to be a Christian?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • TommGI

      Too many words to read. Keep it brief if you want us to read your post.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • appalled

      I see you are a non thinker! You like people telling you what to think. Herman Cain is nuts to think "God told him to run for president." If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • kenneth reinert

      You are in serious need of professional help, but just keep on praying.Very sad.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  9. albert

    The God of the Bible would not tell anyone to run for President or any other position of Government. Daniel 2:44 makes clear what will happen to world governments. A true Christian would have allegiance to only one government. Gods Government. The one Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lords Prayer.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • chris

      but god did let isreal pick saul to be the 1st kind of isreal so god do let us vote and god do call us to run for leader ships postinhs if you take a differt look at the word you will see that every issus we have is mourl and so i dissagree wed you becase i dont see how we can stay in his will. we will do wise to steand up at warts worg or wart will happing to us all

      November 20, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • albert

      @Chris, Yes that was the arrangement before Jesus came to earth. It's a whole new ball game now. Remember, Jesus was not political nor did he ask his followers to be. His teachings were based around God's Kingdom as mankind's only hope.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  10. ken845

    God told me he's lying and not to vote for him.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • chris

      than hu did he say was not liying

      November 20, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  11. Gladis

    This is frightening.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  12. Rich

    yea right Hermie.Stop playin da fool for the Koch boys...

    November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • chris

      hu are the coca boys

      November 20, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  13. The Half Baked Lunatic

    'god' is an idiotic idea promoted by immoral people to control and pacify the weak minded. Anyone who would spout off such nonsense is obviously unfit to run for anything more important than a 2 mile marathon.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • chris

      SAFENHISGRACE
      @ Bernard...The rest of the scripture in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5) says: "(Blessed are the poor) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...because they have asked Jesus to come into their heart!!! ANd, John 3:3 says "Jesus answered them and said unto him "Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" V:5 -7 says....Jesus answered "Verily verily, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again". If you dont know how GOd works & moves in the lives of His children, how then can you say anything against Him??? How??? only by pure ignorance, & fear. How can a mechanic tell a seamstress what type of thread setting to use when making the most intricate, delicate of design???? How can a trash collector tell a refrigeration tech how to wire an enormous sports arena or college campus for heat & A/C. people tend to open their mouths a lot about something they know absolutely nothing about & sound like fools!!!!! Fools despise wisdom & instruction...& the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! (Proverbs 1:7) Praise God for this mans obedience to Gods call on His life. Thank God a man who follows the wisdom of the Lord will be leading our nation......Halleleiujah!!! For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son...that whosoever shall believe on Him, shall have everlasting life (Jn 3:16)!!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply

      November 20, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  14. Dirty Harry

    Bible Thumpers are the demise of the Republican Party. Worst of all...lying hypocritical Bible Thumpers.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  15. lefty avenger

    GOD told Herman Cain to stick his hands up women's dresses who did not want him to. God himself told him to, so he felt it was okey dokey!

    November 20, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  16. kenneth reinert

    The sad part is that there are people who would actually vote for this clown.The republicans play on the stupidity and gullibility of the people.Just take a look at their "candidates". It is almost-no,it IS that the more of an idiot one is, and the more willing one is to sell B.S. to the public, the more the republicans support them. Ah,America.What a shining example of just how great a nation we are.Bin Laden surely is laughing in his grave.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • lefty avenger

      Republicans live in a curious state of hate, false persecution, fear, big pharma opiates, pro-war sentiments and religious zealotry. When Obama was elected, they lost their collective marbles. Bush destroyed this country and the created the deficit with an idiotic blending of oil baron wars and wealthy tax cuts. Obama is the fake liberal who promised changed and talked about it for 4 years delivering nothing but more Bush policies. Here we are now..........

      November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  17. Tom

    Having a hard time believing this man. How do you correlate this professed faith and putting your hand up a skirt and saying "want a job?" One is false. Which one remains open, but there are four women and two known massive don't talk settlements.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • ChrisG

      The fact that you automatically believe the clearly contrived and transparent allegations made by an obvious scam artist and opportunist, is beyond disturbing. What's more disturbing is you may have jury duty someday. And even MORE disturbing is the fact that you are allowed to vote.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • wayh

      @ ChrisG.... hey stupid...these allegations were made in the 90's, way before Cain even thought of running. It is NOT a set up, unless you believe democrats are psycic and knew he would one day run for President!!!! You are also 'fauxwashed'!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  18. Franny

    I certainly don't want any Minister as President. Good grief, We need to stop this nonsense talking about someone's Religion, and start discussing real issues that are causing much chaos, and sufferrng in this Country. Just stop it please!

    November 20, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • JonInMadison

      Well, one of the biggest problems facing this nation is that we have given up on God. We let a small group of atheists dictate the openness of faith that used to make this country great.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  19. Robert Martin

    Anyone who claims to hear voices telling them what to do is not fit to lead this country.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • The Half Baked Lunatic

      Amen!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • JonInMadison

      Read Obama's book. He claimed to have a conversation with God too.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Accusing is no joke

      Unless you can back your accusation against obama with undisputable evidence. You are presumed lying just to push your political agenda. You must be an atheist. How TYPICAL!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  20. LOL

    i don't want anyone with their finger on the button that hears imaginary voices, i don't care who they are or what country they run.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:54 am |
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