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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. Matt

    I'm saddened every time I hear a politician claim God spoke to them and influenced their decisions. Even worse are the people that let that become their reason for voting for someone. I want a politician running because he wants to improve general welfare of those he represents regardless of if they voted for him or not.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  2. Ed

    To call this article "The Gospel According to Herman Cain" is just inciting more drama than is necessary. But what else is new with CNN....

    November 20, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  3. David

    Another Theocon putting words in God's mouth. I always wonder why "their" God likes the same things they like and hates the same things they hate.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  4. MI Don

    Bj you repubs whine and make-up persucations where none exist. The press slammed dunked Carter in 1976 when he said he was a "born again Christian," they also slammed dunked him when he said he was an adulterer because he looked lustfully on certain women. The fact is that Repubs get good preszs and they have their own network which will broadcat everything they say unedited – Fox – which the Dems do not have. Stop your childish whimmperings. The GOP controls the press and that is a fact.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  5. bigbear

    To Herman,

    I talked to God about you candidacy, and he told me to tell you to pull over, get out of the car, put your hands on the hood and spread them,,,,,, You are being indited for fraud...

    November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  6. John

    Can you imagine JFK saying that in the '60 campaign?... the big fear that his religion would influence him in office!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  7. Russ139

    Beware of people that wear anything "on their sleave", whether it's religion, science, sports, or even politics. It's a crutch for them.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  8. Ace

    What's wrong with this picture!!! America is a secular capitalistic republic, not a christian democracy or any OTHER religious democracy. I find it very scary that these candidates who talk to and listen to imaginary voices in their heads want to become the most powerful and important person in the world – AND commander in chief of the world's biggest military!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  9. Rainer Braendlein

    Mr. Cain is member of a Free Church like many other Americans. They conceit themselves to have the top doctrine and be experts of the Bible, but in fact they are amateurs.

    An article of faith of the National Baptist Convention, which Mr. Cain belongs to.

    XIV. Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

    We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

    Unquote.

    In contrast the Early Church, which was founded by Christ himself, had a different doctrine about baptism:

    According to the Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 6, at baptism the power of Jesus' death and resurrection is dedicated to us. Baptism is not a mere symbolic act, but God really acts during baptism. Of course, only believers (a believer is someone, who believes that Christ died for him on the cross) should be baptized. However, baptism is not the locus, where believers shall publically confess there faith (anyway that is a nonsense, because yet before baptism most members of the congregation know that the candidate has converted and what is the meaning of telling people of a matter, which they yet know?).

    At many places of the Bible the apostles tell us that we get saved by faith in Christ. What is then the meaning of baptism, when it is not the public confession of the personal faith or an act of obedience?

    Jesus Christ died about 2000 years ago. Someone could indeed doubt, if this event from long ago has any connection to him. I guess, that is indeed the problem. However, God has solved the problem by the wonderful rite of baptism. Baptism bridges all barries of time and space. At baptism one gets really connected with Christ's atonement, although Christ died long ago. Baptism transfers the atonement of Christ to the presence. At baptism I die and resurrect together with Jesus in a spiritual way. My old man of sin dies and I get a new life in Christ (this fact is independent from may measure of faith).

    The only thing, which one can grasp by faith, is the fact that Jesus died for him. But how can someone know that he really has the releasing faith, which helps him to overcome the personal sinfulness? God says that at baptism the releasing power of Jesus death and resurrection is dedicated to the baptized person. Thus, after baptism the lamentation "I don't have enough faith or I don't have the real faith to overcome my sinfulness" becomes absolutely meaningless. After baptism every believer can be sure that he has got the divine power to overcome his sinful flesh (the old man of sin dies at baptism).

    Conclusion: Baptism is a invention of the divine genius. It helps us to feel absolutely certain in our new state as Christians. We can be absolutely certain that we received the power to live a Christian life, that means to follow Jesus. There is no more excuse (like: I don't have faith or I am one of the damned people – God doesn't give me the faith) for being disobedient. If you have yet received the sacramental baptism, then start to follow Jesus right now. Do the first step and leave, what chains you. That is the real faith (according to Bonhoeffer).

    Don't get born again, but born by Water and Spirit or born from above. Find the Holy Fountain of life-giving Water.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • SSampson

      If Baptism is strictly a Christian thing, and Jesus 'found' Christianity..... then why was "john the Baptist' running around Baptizing people before Jesus was even known???? – In fact it was he who supposedly Baptized Jesus......

      Of course this makes that whole Letter to the Romans thing seem a bit off – after all, the 'meaning' of Baptism as stated is imposible if you also beleive that John the Baptist existed.....

      Of course there are a bunch of faiths that have used – and use – water in ceremonies – dating LONG before Christianity – There are also a bunch of religions that have virgin births..... but hey – we can't talk about those other versions – some from hundreds of years prior to 'Christ'

      November 20, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  10. LaPlut

    Religion and it's mythology must go!! It's time to evolve!!!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Ace

      Short but RIGHT ON! – mythological beliefs throughout history have led the human race down the wrong path and caused more destruction and pain than any other human endeavor.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  11. Aunti

    It is about time we as the people stand up and fight against this very dangerous notion that church and State are correlated. This country was built on the foundation it should forever be seperate. If religion is discussed in politics then it is the duty of the government to at least address all religions. We are a country of diversity, of strength and I would like to say in majority of intelligence. Cain is bringing us back into the past, the days of exclusion. We need to go forward. We need a President that can discuss international issues, solve problems and take the lead without cowaring behind a biblical figure. It is false, unethical and provides no purpose other than to gain votes among the fanatic religious population. And it is this very population that has done nothing to better this country when it comes to equality and financial strength. The largest of them all build huge churches, have a huge congregation, summon large amounts of money, have only male pastors and pay no federal or state income taxes. The average net income of a megachurch is 4.8 million. Today there are 740 of them. Cain likes to ride on the back of God? Well, in actuality, God is riding on our backs.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • jim

      Sorry, but no, the US was not founded on the concept of separation of church and state, but that the state shall not impose a religion on the People and that the People are free to worship as they please, even if they happen to be politicians. Libs keep forgetting the last part.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • wayh

      @jim....get your *utt to church....lemming!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  12. mike - wa

    Fundamentalist Christianity fits so well with the Republican agenda. Lie, cheat, even go 180 degrees female the true teachings of Jesus and then just talk about the lord Jesus christ and all is well. The religions distorted teachings are perfect for the corrupt Republican agenda.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Satheesan Kochicheril

      Christ is outside the church.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  13. Beth

    Just out of curiosity....has an atheist ever run for president?

    November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Satheesan Kochicheril

      The real atheists are the ones who pester mankind with their silly perceptions of God. God must be associated with the System according to which life exists on this Planet Earth. So, there is only one sacred thing for us and that is the Planet Earth. Faiths rob the people of this consciousness and responsibility.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Beth

      That didn't answer the question!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  14. Richard Cheese

    God talked to Jim Jones and David Koresh too. Not to mention the plethora of Catholic pederasts. I'm not comfortable with ANYONE who listens to something that can't be empirically proven. Tell a doctor that you listen and obey an invisible person sitting next to you and you're deemed mental. I see no difference here. And neither do you; if you're thoughtful and rational.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  15. Orlyle

    "When YOU talk to God, you're praying. When GOD talks to you, you're schizophrenic!"

    November 20, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  16. MI Don

    Anyone who thinks God speaks to them directly is over ripe for the madhouse. God speaks to everyone through the Bible where what He want, likes, dislikes, etc are detailed pretty completely. As for specific instructions to specific persons concerning specific events, I am of the opinion that those persons are 99.9999% delusional.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  17. cameo35

    ..............the Pizza gods told him to run?............................

    November 20, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  18. Awkward Situations

    'Looking for God's road signs' – Cain talks about recieving signs from god such as the specialist named Dr. Lord, a nurse named Grace, and a J-shaped incision which he calls the Jesus cut.

    I wonder what sort of sign he thinks god was sending him with his last name – CAIN?

    November 20, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  19. BJ

    CNN, seriously? If a Democrat professes his religion and devotion to God you all don't blink, and actually stick up for them. Obama for example. When Americans were confused about his religion last year, according to a poll, all the networks, like yourself, came in his defense about his Christianity. Like I've never seen before.

    But when a Republican says they pray and listen to God they get big headlines like this mocking them.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • SSampson

      Ummm... CNN supportd te factthat Obama was Chistian, not Christianity.... The right was saying he was muslim using 3 so-called facts
      one – he is black (which makes him black and not muslim – however he IS black – that is true
      two – he was both in Africa – well, he was born in Hawaii.... but some people can't figure that out – ALSO, of course not all 'Africans' are Muslim either... but that is too hard a concept for some
      three – his name is a Muslim name – ummm – OK – based on that logic, Malcom X is red haired, kilt wearing Scot and a Christian

      So, besides being wrong, you have issues with reading and comprehension

      November 20, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • LaPlut

      Dems don't use "god" to get votes like repubs do. It's people like you that demand to know about Dem's faiths before making your vote, which should not be a factor. Maybe you'd like a theocracy, but I don't and will ensure it never happens.
      You might think about moving to Iran.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • wayh

      Hmmmmm. BJ, isn't that what Cain wanted from that one girl?? Just sayin'.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  20. SiriusVH

    It seems that the problem the GOPsters face is that God keeps playing games with them. On Monday God tells them 'I have chosen Bachmann', on Tuesday He says 'OK, it's Perry', then, on Wednesday, 'Oops, I think my guy is Cain'.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:40 am |
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