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. dtboy

    I love how the atheist show up and comment on such articles. They speak on how the believer is lost and brain washed, as if they are doing the believer a favor. lol As a believer, I cannot prove God to the atheist no more than the atheist can disprove God to me. Man's arrogance!

    November 20, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      An atheist is like someone who walks around and tells the people that cars emerge by random evolution.

      Truth: Like cars are assembled by workers, the earth was created by God.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

      My quote of the week I heard this last week; "We were all put on this planet because we are all too stupid to live anywhere else!"

      November 20, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • kev

      I'm a believer. When I apply for a job, I do not tell them that God told me to. Cain is applying for a job.

      I want a president who can balance a checkbook, have common sense and is willing to stand up and do the right thing.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  2. Hear Ye

    God told me to stalk and grope, then lie to my wife and the public. I am not a crook. Where does the US get all these human misfits who gravitate to politics? Or are ALL of you like this trash?

    November 20, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Mark anderson

      We had enough of these misfits to elect obami

      November 20, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  3. Mark anderson

    this article is typical of the CNN yellow journalism. They should be highlighting the horrors of the Obami administration

    November 20, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Someone

      They do in other places – this is an article in one spot. Or have you failed to get beyond "See Dick and Jane run"?

      November 20, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  4. Darcy

    Dear God:

    Can you give me next Wednesday's lottery numbers?



    November 20, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Mark anderson

      If you got a job you wouldn't need to depend on the lottery.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • mightyfudge

      And if Mark had a brain, he wouldn't have to rely on God.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  5. ryan

    it would be so great if the US could get past religion and stop electing crazy people who talk to imaginary friends.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • mackyjoe

      If you want to see the cause of the problem look in the mirror.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  6. John B

    Now I know he's a liar. "God told me too??" Sounds like he'll be shooting into a crowd next.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  7. Joe citizen abroad

    Anyone else who might stand on a street corner and say God has told him to be the president would be picked up and processed for medical evaluation. Problem is, their story would be just as legit. Just sayin'.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  8. brian

    If God could vote in either the primary or the election, I believe he'd take a big turd on all three of them...

    November 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  9. John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

    Tis guy scares me if he is elected. I NEVER TRUST a person who hides behind Christanity and expounds his beliefs upon all others. Islam is exactly like this and I hope Mr. Cain self-destruct. It is unfortunate America can't find a level headed leader, one who has street smarts, excellent business sense, is thoughtfull in choosing his words when he speaks, and has a great knowledge of America's past history so he can draw from it by its past lessons so we can better map our future.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • loreeeebeeeeeee

      Whenever I am seeking to do business with someone, and they assure me they are a good christian....I know I am about to get screwed.

      Good christians don't tout it. They just are.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • AnnieM

      I think you just described President Obama...now if the rest of the country can just get past the "black" part and let him do his job...

      November 20, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  10. WB

    Didn't God tell George Bush to run also? Seems like God is a bit off his game.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

      Wonderful comment!!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  11. Rainer Braendlein

    Passage from the above article:

    Mr. Cain said:

    “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!”


    The statement of Mr. Cain comprises some truth, but it is not fully true. The problem of unemployment is more complicated.

    First, it is important to have got a profession, which is demanded by the market. Former, many Germans were occupied with simple farming. However, when mechanisation increased, many rural worker lost their jobs. They had to leave the countryside and to look for a job in the factories of the next town.

    The economy changes always. It is not only about automation and mechanisation, which causes the loss of jobs, it is also about products, which are no more wanted and new products, which are wanted. Former you could make some money by producing swords, but today governments don't ask for swords, but for rockets. Thus, production had to be shifted from producing swords to producing rockets and the workers needed new skills. Is there still any demand for carriages? No! Today people aks for cars. Workers must alway adopt their skills to the current demands of the market.

    Conclusion: It is always necessary to recognize the current demands of the market. One must be able to adopt himself to the changed market. Today still a lot of people are occupied with producing cars, but even this will cease anytime. It is pretty probable that in some few year the "peak oil" will be reached and then the oil will become very expensive. Because of physical limitations the consumption of a car cannot be reduced to zero and thus after "peak oil" people will buy less cars, because they don't want to spend all their income for the fuel. Longterms we have to return to more public transport. That means new rail lines must be built and new engines and wagons. The number of jobs in the car-industry will decrease, but new jobs will emerge in factories, which produce engines.

    Assumed, someone has lost his job, we are inclined to blame him alone for his notice. However, possibly his company had no more demand for his special skills and because of that he lost his job. Of course, there are people, which lose their job because of laziness, but that is not always the cause. We should not prejudge, but check out the single case, before we form an opinion.

    We are too much obsessed by the delusion that after finishing his (first) education someone could keep his first job lifelongly. That is a nonsense. It is a matter of fact that adoption of the personal skills is necessary always.

    It is not easy for an adult to aquire new skills (at least in Germany). The system is very rigid and focused on the education of the youth. It is not sheduled to educate adults again. I myself would reduce a little the expenditures for the education of the youth and establish technical colleges for people, which have yet worked some years. This is, what Mr. Cain should move for.

    Secondly, we should reduce the pressure on the youth to aquire the highest possible education. It is not necessary that everyone becomes a scientist or an engineer. Everybody should recognize his personal skills and talents. Surely everybody has several talents and thus can use the talent, which fits to the current demands of the market.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

      Very thoughtful article written by you. I enjoyed reading it and will give it some thought of my own. I like the idea at the end proposing developing skills and talents of those young persons instead of everyone going to college but going to technical schools instead. I definately agree with this idea as well as working more with skilled adults in broading their skills.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Someone

      Well said – but it doesn't quite go far enough.

      Retraining is only part of the story. Skills become harder to adapt when you get more specialized. If you're in a hard science, for example, training on new techniques means getting things like instrument time, which may or may not be available at your place of employment. I know our company would freak out if you did anything "unauthorized" on an instrument. Age also factors into it – the older you get, the harder it becomes to find entry level employment.

      There is also the issue of time. Retraining in some fields may be a matter of years – switching from chemistry to electrical engineering for example. The problem is, that once you start on a course, by the time you're done, you may find you are no longer relevant.

      Mr. Cain got lucky – he got a pizza chain to stick. I am noticing an increase in the number of pizza chains suddenly appearing. Most of these are franchises, which means the parent company is partially shielded from loss if the store goes belly up. At some point the market will saturate. Then we're stuck.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  12. Sarav Chidambaram

    Dear god,
    I dont understand why you dont talk to common people? Poor, Hungry, the Jobless ones, Young ones who are struggling to pay their education loans, Homeless who try to stay alive on the rough streets, Families in the verge of losing their home to foreclosure and so forth. What is the secret behind you only talk to the GOP presidential candidates, GOP talk show hosts and the Tea party hooligans? What? The connection is not clear, please talk loudly.. Ok.. I understand..
    you call them bunch of Liars? you never talk to them? You dont like them? Ah great.. now they are going to believe me? And what is the other one? They should call you a She instead? You dont have a gender? Oh yes.. I will tell them and they will listen to me. Good luck..

    Good talking to you and talk to me often, I wont tell any one.

    Goodbye and I love you God.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Cammy


      Best post ever...

      November 20, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • mackyjoe

      This is not a prayer. It is your way of insulting people that your don't agree with. If you understood anything about faith or had even read the article above, you would know that people of faith look for God's direction for them in events that happen in their lives. People in need can and do look for God's direction in their lives if they choose to do so. People like you try to distort that by distorting what faith means. Pretending people of faith think God has actually appeared to them so they can be ridiculed and their message ignored.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  13. John

    Herman Cain, like so many of his alleged christian breathen are some of the biggest hypocrites you would ever NOT want to meet. I have personally known far too many people who sound off on the word of God, only to turn around and cheat, lie, steal and have relations behind their spouses back. God is a blanket these people use for their phony piousness.
    Give me a major break, Herman Cain.I know far too well of your culture from personal dealings that you are a liar.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • dtboy

      John – a belief in God doesn't make you free of vices. Men are imperfect and a belief in a higher power does not remove that imperfection. It goes much deeper that that. You appear to have a surface-level understanding of it.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Mark anderson

      So the difference between him and you is that you steal lie and cheat but are not a christian. Correct?

      November 20, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • CSMinDC

      His culture lies? You don't like black people?

      November 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Someone

      @dt – The mistake in your logic is that while men may stray and are "forgiven", it is a willful act when men go astray. No
      one makes a man go astray – you have that choice. If you want to call it temptation by Satan – fine – but you still have that choice. If Mr. Cain is so morally weak that he gave into temptation – that speaks volumes about him at the outset.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • mackyjoe

      John it sounds like you are a racist. Since stereotyping other people is what you are doing you should consider the fact that doing it makes you a stereotypical racist.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • John

      @ mackeyjoe, CSminDC, Mark Anderson,dtboy: Racism has nothing to do with it. It is the truth. I have worked with blacks for years, and as much as I love them and respect them, there has always been one constant, and that they talk of their infidelity as it as as natural as breathing. You can call it stereotyping from your POV. Mine is not a POV, but an observation from countless conversations with blacks. As far as your accusation that I steal, lie and cheat, Mr. Anderson, the answer is no, I don't. I am not perfect, but then again, I never had to hide behind christianity for my flaws. When I am wrong, I have always acknowledged the fact. Can you say the same thing about yourself? I have a feeling the answer would be no.
      dtboy: Since you seem to profess to have a deeper understanding of the almighty, would you care to elaborate on a deeper level for all of us? I would love to be enlightened by someone who has more than just a surface level understanding.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  14. kev

    He is giving Jesus a bad name.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Mark anderson

      The collection of misfits called democrats are giving Jesus the bad name!!

      November 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • mackyjoe

      In what way?

      November 20, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  15. Dreamer96

    These cadidates are hearing voices in their heads telling them to run for president, to cut the EPA, FEMA, Department of Education, Medicare, Social Secruity , Healthcare only for the rich...WOW ..kinda like the neighbors dog is telling them to kill, kill, kill....

    November 20, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • mackyjoe

      Dreamer 96 you are listening to people who want you to react emotionally every time they push your button and don't what you to use rational thought to make decisions. I think politicians call it solidifying their base but you can rest assured that it has nothing to do with benefiting you no matter which base you are part of.

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

      Drank the Kool aid. Typical Dem. And you guys call me a racist. You voted Republican bacause Obama is a black man.
      Mark Anderson, you make me focking ill, you neo nazi Gingrich loving conservative. Go straight to Hades, boy.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  16. Michael Schulze

    This is probably why he publically admits that he believes global warming and evolution are lies.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Mark anderson

      So you drank the Kool aid and believe that humans are responsable for the rise and fall of the global temps. Typical uneducated Dem

      November 20, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  17. Charlie from the North

    Three observations:

    1. There is a God and He has one hell of a sense of humor
    2.. It is a step forward in race relations to have a black man who is a complete idiot gain support. I mean sure Obama is popular but the guy is a genius. That Herman Cain can be popular with that segment of the population is a real breakthrough.
    3.People like Herman Cain, George W. Bush and the like remind me daily to thank God (and Thomas Jefferson) for the separation of church ad state.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  18. John

    Think about the church scene in the Blues Brothers. Then think about the Herman Cain presidency.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  19. Michael

    God spoke to me about this and that. What a crock !! None of those phony GOP runners have ever read the Sermon on the Mount but know all about everything. Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not; it is a wonderful speech he gave. A true code of ethics and morals.. It contained the word "compassion". Something none of the above have ever heard or experienced.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • John

      How do you know he gave the speech or any speech at all? It's all pious hearsay and wishful, hopeful thinking by those who need a savior for all their tribulations. A nice reward at the end of the day.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • Bernard Webb

      They want to post the harsh, punitive Old Testament Ten Commandments everywhere on earth, but never EVER even mention the Sermon On the Mount. "Blessed are the poor"? That is blasphemy to today's heartless republicans. Their religion will not save them from their fate.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  20. Lily

    Leftist, much?

    November 20, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Occupado

      Mucho, mucho.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:19 am |
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