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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. kebcarerra

    Recognize the road signs ? We should all be terrified of those that hear the voice of God telling them to run for anything. Especially if they might drop the bible and their favorite verse appears before their eyes, or the letter J is used by a doctor. I don't want God speaking to the commander and chief of the greatest and strongest country on earth. Look what happened when God told George Bush to smite Iraq, we continue to pay for that mess.If you believe in angels and demons and god talking to you , please keep it in your church.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      I'm more terrified of you people who thought Obama with his socialism was a good idea. But no matter, he's out of a job in a year and you will be deprived of your little attempt at a socialist republic. I will fight every last leftist to the death first.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  2. EdNv

    god must be really mad at us to assign Cain as our leader - The Repugs may as well not show up at the polls, god will make it happen cause it's his will.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      You may as well swallow your cyanide kool aid now. Obama will be out of office next year. NO socialism for you.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Rich

      @MarshalRight – are you Rush's more retarded brother?

      November 21, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Gront

      That's just RightTurnClyde. He can't help being stupid. Just ignore his foolishness and move on.

      November 21, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  3. Jamie

    "Do NOT use me for politics," sayeth the Lord. (Delusions 2:7)

    November 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  4. BJJSchecter

    Separation of church and state is a myth.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  5. raggmopp

    There is no greater human presumption than to read the mind of the Almighty, and no more dangerous individual than the one who has convinced himself that he is executing the Almighty's will

    November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  6. hansonrhodes

    anyone who thinks god is speaking to them should not be allowed to hold public office of any kind, let alone be president.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      Anyone named Obama should not be allowed to be President, let alone talk in public.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Veritas

      @MarshalRight: "Anyone named Obama should not be allowed to be President, let alone talk in public". Spoken like a typical racist tea bagger. Even though there are many poorly educated individuals like you in the US electorate, I am still certain that there are not a majority out there that would vote for such a joke of a presidential candidate as Cain; or Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich for that matter.

      November 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  7. Kareen

    If there is a God, I would think he is smarter than asking Cain to be President.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      Well, must be God isn't smart.......he's letting you TYPE.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Rich

    and god said "run for president and thou shalt sell more books"

    November 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      But first God said, You get to be President even if you're not really a citizen of the US. And I shall cause thy democrats to name all who oppose thy reign a RACIST.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Kareen

    I am really hurt. God only seems to speak with Republicans.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Rich

      don't be hurt...it's not normal to hear voices.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      That's because all you Lefties are ungodly and you're going to hell. I really mean that. ESPECIALLY you and Michelle Obama. You'll burn together like a couple of roasted POTATOES.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  10. REG in AZ

    Anyone that message, "God told me to do it", rings true with, really should get help as they are simply easily conned and asking to be consistently taken advantage of. Cain's positions have literally been emotional cons from beginning to end and demonstrate an individual with very questionable ethics, morals and literally no altruistic motivation, only a willingness to be a "puppet" for "the money" who "pull his strings". "God forbid" his success.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      I think if you're going to talk in public you should at least have something to say.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. martin

    they are all right,,,, Cain is not the one for next or ever president candidate

    November 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • MarshalRight

      DOWN WITH OBAMA AND HIS FOLLOWERS

      November 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  12. Aerin

    How can God be telling ALL these candidates they should be president???

    November 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Veritas

      Because "god" only exists in stupid and gullible people's minds...

      November 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Fantasy

      *Anything* is possible in a fantasy world.

      These folks should have been laughed off the podium for stating such nonsense...

      November 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • SuZieCoyote

      Look around. All indications are that God loves a good fight.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  13. Ah C'mon already

    It's not "God-centered self-determinism.". It's "Profit centered book tour revenue enhancement" that caught fire because the rest of the GOP field is so incredibly horrid. Newt Gingrich is now surging. Newt $#@!ing Gingrich!

    November 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  14. David

    Oh, I think I see, is this the same "God" as in "Godfather prizza"? Cain is self-serving himself a delusional sice of pizza.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  15. AvdBerg

    “He didn’t want to run for President. But God told him to.”

    God’s kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36; Isa. 9:6; Dan. 2:44; 7:14; Luke 17:20,21; John 17:14-16) and He certainly would not have asked Herman Cain to be President of the United States of America.

    GOP Candidate Herman Cain, along with the writer of the above article Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor were born in sin (1 Peter 1:23) and unless they repent they will die in their sin (Romans 8:13). They are spiritually blind and do not know what spirit they serve (Luke 9:55). Their faith does not stand in Jesus Christ and the church Herman Cain belongs to serves after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24). They do service unto them which by nature are no gods (Gal. 4:8). As a result of their spiritual blindness they do not know that all the other GOP Candidates are of the same spirit (darkness). For a better understanding what it means to be a sinner, we invite you to read the articles ‘What is Sin?’, ‘Victory over Sin’ and ‘Repent’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca.

    Concerning the faith of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney we invite you to read the articles ‘Barack Obama ~ President of the United States of America’ and ‘Mormon Church ~ Cult and Spiritual Harlot’.

    Also, to give people a better understanding of the destructive forces behind CNN and US Politics and the issues that divide this world, we invite you to read the article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12). The truth is that the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). This is why we call all of mankind to repentance.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    November 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Veritas

      Yeah, but you forgot to mention that all of this is just delusional religious nonsense.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      Veritas

      Many willl attest that the Gospel we preach is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11,12). It is based on the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive (John 14:17).

      November 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Veritas

      Why are all religious zombies just vomiting up all these bs bible quotations? It's just a dusty old book, you silly man!

      November 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Jared

      Oy vey. Don't argue with anyone that posts scripture on the internet. That's like competing in the special olympics. Even if you win, you're still retarded.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Fantasy

      AvdBerg,

      Ya, ya, ya... The Quran says the same type of nonsense... and lots of delusionals eat it up too

      November 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      Veritas
      We do not preach religion. It is a deception. This is how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Word is God (John 1:1), which unfortunately mankind in his natural state is unable to understand (1 Cor. 2:14). We merely explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as did Christ and the apostles.
      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).
      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      November 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      Fantasy
      Before you comment what people communicate you should study their message first and then comment.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Veritas

      Jared: I guess you're right, but 25-30% of the US population are religious zombies like this AvdBerg guy.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Veritas

      It is kind of strange that some with same beliefs are in an asylum, but this guy is not. They all have the same mental state, but it all comes down to their actions.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Fantasy

      AvdBerg

      Paul of Tarsus: "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11,12)."

      Mohammad: ""Blessed is He who revealed the Furqan to His slave in order that he may be a warner to all the worlds."
      [Noble Quran 25:1]"

      November 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  16. Richard

    It is remarkable the author states in the beginning of this piece "In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve." Yet the entire piece goes on to explain exactly how Herman Cain wears his faith on his sleeve. He sings Amazing Grace at the National Press Club, constantly talks about his "Moses" type call to run for president, and travels with a pastorial advisor; I am not sure how Herman Cain could wear his faith on his sleeve more prominently.

    Any individual who sees the "J" shaped incission for cancer surgery as a "Jesus cut" and thus a guiding sign ... well I am afraid to ponder what signs that person might use to determine to send troops into battle. In my mind this kind of decission making disqualifies Herman Cain as a serious candidate for president of the USA.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  17. Veritas

    If "god" told Cain to run for president he was either high on crack or really wants to see America finished off for good.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  18. awasis

    GWB claimed the same thing and look what happened.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  19. Rob Mosby

    When you talk to God , that is praying. When God talks to you , that is schizophrenia.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Nonamer

      This is hillarious... I loved that comment.. Made my day bro.. Regardless of whom this comment was targeted, this was an intelligent and funny statement.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Nonamer

      In fact, I am taking the liberty of using this as a quote 😉 I will acknowledge you as 'Rob Mosby – CNN blogger'..

      November 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Rich

      @Nonamer – it's a Thomas S. Szasz quote.

      November 21, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  20. Lenny Pincus

    God has forced Herman Cain to run for president? Just how far have we fallen that God has called upon such an inept lineup to run the country?

    November 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
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