In face of faith-based attacks, Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
President Barack Obama at an Easter prayer breakfast this year.
May 15th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

In face of faith-based attacks, Obama campaign hires faith outreach director

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) – Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, it confirmed Tuesday.

Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as faith vote coordinator, a campaign official said.

Wear, who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington, has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term.

A source close to the campaign said the decision to hire a faith-focused staffer was provoked largely by continuing criticism of the administration from America’s Roman Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic organizations.

“I don’t think the campaign originally had this position in its box,” said a source close to the campaign, who refused to speak on the record because the person was discussing sensitive issues.

“But persistent opposition from Catholic groups sent the message that this was something (the campaign) had to think about longer-term,” the source said.

Sources close to the campaign say the timing of Wear’s hiring was not dictated by the controversy over Obama’s support for legalized same-sex marriage. After Obama announced his support, he hosted a conference call with 13 pastors Wednesday to talk about his views.

The Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic groups have attacked Obama over a proposed rule that would require all employees, including those at Catholic institutions other than churches, to have access to free contraception. Those camps have also alleged that the White House is waging a broader assault on Americans’ religious liberty.

Wear’s hiring was first reported Monday by the Religion News Service.

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

One activist who is close to the Obama White House said the decision to hire Wear, 24, speaks to the campaign’s demographic calculus.

“They could have gone with someone who’s been in Washington for 30 years,” said Tim King, the communications director for Sojourners, a progressive evangelical group.

“The campaign chose to go with a young Christian, and it indicates the Demographic they want to reach,” King said. “A lot of older evangelicals didn’t like candidate Obama in 2008 and don’t like him today. The campaign is making a concerted effort to go after young Christians.”

Joshua DuBois, the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, directed religious outreach for the Obama campaign in 2008. Before that, it was unusual for Democratic presidential campaigns to hire faith outreach staffers.

In the aftermath of the 2004 election, when George W. Bush won re-election with the help of many so-called values voters and when religion-related issues like same-sex marriage figured into race, Democrats began stepping up outreach to religious voters.

Last year, the Democratic National Committee hired a minister, the Rev. Derrick Harkins, to lead its faith outreach efforts.

– CNN’s Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Catholic Church • Politics

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Takayuki

    Steven Goddard suggests that the NASA sea level map was carlufely colored to create alarm . I examined the map and see nothing alarming in it. They used the most common approach of fitting the color scale to the range of possible values, and in this case used yellow as the null value. I examined the actual RGB values at the extremes and the middle, and it's difficult to assign a numeric algorithm to their scale. In any case, I see no basis for the claim that there's something deliberately deceptive in the color scheme. Could you expand on your statement?

    September 9, 2012 at 2:19 am |
  2. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  3. clubschadenfreude

    it's a shame that faiths have to attack each other. But that does come from each group being sure that their and only their version of some "god" is the only true one. We see Christians always claiming about how their religon is only about "truth" and "love" but when it comes down to it, it couldn't be further from the truth. There is no truth, only personal cherry picking about what their god "wants" and love is only offered to those who are the same as them, everyone else be literally damned. It is a sad truth that politics depend on catering to the ignorant beliefs of so many people. The conservative Christians are holding their nose at Romney, sure he's damned as a Mormon, but are so afraid of a black man, that they'll accept him. They lie about what Obama is, using fear to gin up lies about this man being a Muslim. And all of them have no evidence of any of their nonsense is true.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  4. bluewaterbk

    The Obama administration sending out a "religious outreach director" is analagous to a virulent form of influenza always being faithful to "send out" one their own whenever the host sneezes, with one mission in mind....."Now go find more hosts, and infect them as well".

    May 21, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Jesus

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

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

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

      May 18, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • clubschadenfreude

      How does prayer change things? We see no prayers work at all. Would you claim that the prayers of the 9/11 murderers worked better than those prayers of those who were trapped in the buildings? By your claims, that's exactly what happened. And exactly what use is prayer to a suppsedly omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent being? Does it need to be reminded of things? Does it needed to be commanded? Does it need to be begged to do the right thing? Then it isn't omnipotent, omniscient or omnibenevolent and thus your religion fails at the deepest level.

      June 12, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  6. judy

    on the news today another priest admits to fathering a child. The catholic church all over the world has been slow to correct the sins committed by its own priests. Ireland a once very catholic country has turned away from the church in droves. They need to clean their own house before spouting out about healthcare requirements. Like this is against their teaching so is screwing young boys. Give it a rest Why shouldnt the presidents reelection team hire an out reach director.?And yes it comes out of campaign funds. How about the mormon guy all you christians are ok with his religion now right? Cults don't matter now. Having screet names that only god knows are ok as well as the bullet proof underware. Or getting naked in the temple when you get married and being sealed. Me thinks your hipocracy is showing.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Harmon Lucier

      First off Judy, the Catholic Church has been punishing its wayward clergymen via defrockings and other canonical methods.
      Unless you've been watching events in Ireland, you wouldn't have noticed that the corrupt priests there are being dealt with.
      Cleaning house is something we all have to do Judy, not just Catholics who've taken the lead in fighting Obama's HHS filth.
      Keep your progressive anti-Christian propaganda out of this and focus on how Obama's HHS mandate is damaging us all.

      Young Americans will have to pay for this mandate through higher premiums along with demands to compromise their faith.
      Only through persistent resistance can we stop Obama's anti-Christian agenda being enforced via Sebelius's HHS office.
      Unbind the chains of progressive radicalism from your mind and embrace the common sense of a free America.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • momoya

      Far too little and far too late for the RCC.. They shouldn't have gone around hiding the poor behavior of their priests for so long.. I'd rather have the gangs in prison out roaming the streets than have the catholic church.. What a disgusting and vile organization!!!!

      May 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Stephen

      Your anti-Catholic bigotry is showing. Your statements are not based in fact, and have no bearing on the real issue. This administration is attempting to dictate to people of faith that they must comply with new laws, crafted as if we lived in a monarchy, that are in direct conflict with their doctrine.

      May 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • momoya

      Stephen, get over yourself like the catholic church should.. When this country makes laws, EVERYONE has to follow them.. Nobody is singling out catholics.. It's the catholics who pretend that they're better than the lawmakers and act like they can do whatever they please.. Stupid azzholes!. I hate the catholic church for what they've done to thousands of children.. They're desp.icable, and you know it as well as I do.. I don't have to be bigoted towards the catholic church when I can just be honest about it.

      May 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  7. DaLe

    i wish anyone would hire me for anything, except for or including s****** d***. i would escort ladies or such, tho even if i were pre tty enough for that, wouldn't really know where and how.

    Had a nice job in the UK, but me st upid quit and emigrated because of the "gang and their nu kes". And so here i am, having spent time and money on non-sense as well, waiting for Ascension Thursday probably for a better turn-out of returnable bottles and half-eaten whatever. My life sure s****. Wouldn't worry if i hadn't a bit of financial debt to pay off. Not that anyone would care, just me mumbling really after reading "hires" in the ti tle.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  8. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    The Lib's "faith" (secular humanism) the state religion; is NOT compatible with truth. Jesus said that if any one would come after Me he must deny himself. Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, and Luke 9:23 ("Self") is the foundation of secular humanism. Jesus also said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

    May 16, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • Satan

      Well the bible and Jesus are not real. So that's that's.

      May 16, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • danielwalldammit

      Somebody's gotta be the villain in your fantasies. You should thank us.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  9. PR. Frunchas

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm pretty burned out hearing/reading/seeing what obama has to say/do about everything. Who the hell is he anyway? I didn't vote for it. It isn't my president.

    Romney will get elected this year and we'll finally be back to how the white house should be.

    May 16, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • momoya

      Obama is your president if you're an american.. Are you claiming to be a non-american?

      May 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      Lol, you're funny.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  10. Michael

    I hope Obama is not using taxpayer money to hire the faith outreach director. That should come out of his campaign funds!

    May 16, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill.

      Obama is a Liberal with Bin Ladne tatics;use US money to fight against its people.

      May 23, 2012 at 10:32 am |


    May 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Hellbound

      Put a gun in your mouth a pull the trigger, then you can meet your god! Win win for everyone.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      You may rebuke gayism, but I for one think your post is just fabulous! Come on Jesus, let your inner fab fly!

      May 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Travis Stone

      Hellbound, be carefull what you ask for, you mite not think it is so cute later!!!!!!

      May 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Which God?

      Oh Jesus H. Fvkking Christ, get over yourself and go roam around in the romper room

      May 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  12. CafeConservative

    I'm sorry Dan Gilgoff, don't you mean "In the face of faith-based defense?" Or were you implying that Obama was making fait-based attacks as when he decided to violate the values of Catholic organizations and force them to provide abortifacients?

    May 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      Projection can be a way of life, can't it?

      May 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  13. A Serpent's Thought

    People of sodomy, the fruits within, are said to be unable to be "normal" and in such abnormalness, sodomites tend to do what is their abnormal desires in abnormally viewed by others Tv eyeing controversialisms! Too much abnormalities can cause the societal constructs' normality rates to become lowered or raised depending upon one's figurative choices and/or flexible stance! Being normal in a societal construct of many abnormalisms will ever have abormality ratios in conjugating performances outside the normal barriers' ever-changing-perceivements! Hate sodomy and try to love the sodomites but in a brotherly/sisterly way! Remember well how the very young want to mimick those who their lives are touched/impressed by!

    May 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  14. Grow a backbone!

    Don't bother to kiss their asses, Obama! They hate you no matter what you do. Stand up for equality and justice and human decency. They are the minority who pretends to be the majority.

    Stand for what's right, and ignore all these hate filled-intolerant Christian bigots. They already would not vote for you, so their "pressure" is totally illusory.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • j

      I am not sure by your remarks where you stand on this? You were not clear

      May 16, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • W247

      Actually Obama is playing both sides of the house now. However we know that won't ever work. It reminds me of the movie "The Mummy" where the squirrely lackey is wearing a necklace with every single religious icon on it that would give him the advantage in any situation he is in...

      May 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm |


      May 19, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  15. Bootyfunk

    Obama is just hiring someone to calm the mindless sheep. baaahhhh!

    May 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  16. yaddi yaddi yaddi

    "I do not respect your religious beliefs.
    I respect your right to have them.
    I respect your right to express them.
    I respect you as long as you respect me.
    I do not respect your “right” to tell me I am an evil person.
    I do not respect your “right” to tell me I am going to hell.
    I do not respect your “right” to impose your beliefs on me.
    I do not respect ignorance.
    I do not respect brainwashing.
    I do not respect cults.
    I do not respect hatred, bigotry, misogyny, se-xism or tyranny.
    I do not respect your religion. And I don’t have to."

    May 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Nobama

      What, you can't let stuff bounce off you? You take -everything- so personally? Like anyone needs your respect. anyway. After all that internalization your 'respect' is probably a paranoid mess anyway. Like spoiled milk. Yeeeech.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Nobama

      and again, I miss your point because I have poor reading comprehension skills and I don't understand what respect means.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • gerald

      Let's see, i do not respect ignorance or brainwashing. All well on the surface but of course our beliefs in your opinion are ignorance and brainwashing which makes actual respect for us and for our right to have our beliefs a lie. I've seen your posts. You don't respect anything. But I won't tell you you are evil and going to hell. I'll leave that to the God you don't believe in. He will handle you just fine. God bless.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Nobama

      Me... and my shaaa-doe...

      May 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "I won't tell you you are evil and going to hell. I'll leave that to the God you don't believe in. He will handle you just fine"

      Wow, contradicting yourself a little? You say to 'yaddi' that you won't say it but yet you say your god will. So please explain how your god is so loving if he is so hypocritical (judge not lest ye be judged)? Please enlighten us with evidence for hell and while you're at it, you might try proving your god. Do you personally know someone who has returned from the dead to attest to a place called hell or are you strictly relying on a book written 2000 years ago by man and inspired by man's vivid imagination, for your answers? Are you even capable of thinking for yourself or taking responsibility in this world for your own actions? Do you even care that what you believe might not meld with the reality of the evidence we have today? I'm guessing you have never read your buybull because it so full of horror and murder that it becomes incomprehensible as to why anyone would support it. Could you also please point us to where 'yaddi' has posted before because I've been on this blog for months and have yet to see other postings by this person?

      May 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Hellbound

      God won't handle sh•t. As you can see every day your "god" doesn't seem to give a fvck about anyone or anything. No proof, no god.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • gerald


      Well at least you have a firm conviction about you. Not always good however. Those who flew in to the twin towers had a firm conviction about getting a bunch of virgins. I'm guessing there weren't any waiting for them. But I am also pretty sure there is a hell.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • just sayin



      Well at least you have a firm conviction about you. Not always good however. Those who flew in to the twin towers had a firm conviction about getting a bunch of virgins. I'm guessing there weren't any waiting for them. But I am also pretty sure there is a hell.

      Your faith/wishful thinking is equally ignorant as your Muslim brothers.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      well said, Yaddi.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • j

      However Marriage is between one man and one women..... If you dont believe that then at the end of your life you will find out
      who was right you or Gods word. Good luck

      May 16, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Satan

      Gods word is man's word dipsh•t.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  17. gerald

    Another radical liberal/communist in a radical liberal/communist administration. Ya that should help.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      And another useless post from a useless partisan idiot (AKA gerald), yea that'll help.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • gerald


      Thank you for your helpful post.

      God bless

      May 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i wish he was a radical liberal. i really do.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      You wouldn't know a communist if he nationalized your home.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • rizzo

      I wish his administration was communist...we might actually be doing good for people if it were...

      May 16, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  18. Reality

    Is this latest Whitehouse move some kind of joke?


    Saving the taxpayers the need for this bureaucrat and some money by putting the kibosh on all religions in less than 500 words:


    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    May 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • dirtydozen

      A group of "uneducated" fishermen come up with a moral code followed by 1.2 billion people, and that produces the likes of Mother Teresa. An unknown person posts to the forum criticizing Christianity. Since this person is unknown, then whom should the reader believe ? We don't have proof that he has written a better comprehensive moral code. No proof that he's better than Mother Teresa. No proof that he's a good person as attested by millions of people.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • momoya

      dirtydozen you're oversimplifying to the point of lying.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Crom

      @Reality – Nope. No joke here. They really hired this guy.
      And their target is young believers instead of old bigots with their head encased in concrete, like you.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Crom

      @dirtydozen – I am a nicer person than your sadistic biitch Teresa who was no one's mother and tortured the poor on top of it all. There are plenty of testimonies by people who saw what she did to people while diverting the money she received towards building nunneries instead of using it for medical help.
      Yeah, like we care about your ignorant opinion, gerald / dirtydozen. You won't be getting any afterlife, good or bad. You are wasting your time pandering to your criminal overlords. They can't do a thing about your afterlife. Ha ha!

      May 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • gerald


      Ya right, mother Teresa built over 500 schools and hospitals with that money. Malcom Mugaridge saw the work she did in Calcuta and wrote a book on it. Why would he lie? Hate of course will believe any story that disparages good and so you post.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • just sayin



      Ya right, mother Teresa built over 500 schools and hospitals with that money. Malcom Mugaridge saw the work she did in Calcuta and wrote a book on it. Why would he lie? Hate of course will believe any story that disparages good and so you post.

      Mother Teresa couldn't hold a regular job nor get la id so she "volunteered" for the church.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      plus she was sadistic as he ll

      May 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Bgfvhu

      Your words smell of hot garbage. Good day sir

      May 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Crom

      @gerald – Yes, thank you for supporting my position. She didn't save a single person with that money – betraying the trust of the people who gave it to her!!
      And she was only too willing to take a private jet to get healthcare when she was ailing. But nothing for the poor except a bare minimum of space in which to suffer and die.
      Oh, if only you could have been one of those who died in her sadistic torture chambers! Then we wouldn't have to see you spraying your filth here. Things would be looking up. )

      May 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Gerald..and I expect that the Pope would be the first to go to one of those hospitals if he had a chronic disease.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Reality

      Many OT, NT and koran thu-mpers are actually thu-mping the rules and codes of the ancients like King Hammurabi and the Egyptians who wrote the Book of the Dead and who did NOT need revelations from angels or mountain voices to develop needed rules of conduct for us h-o-minids.

      "Hail to thee, great God, Lord of the Two Truths. I have come unto thee, my Lord, that thou mayest bring me to see thy beauty. I know thee, I know thy name, I know the names of the 42 Gods who are with thee in this broad hall of the Two Truths . . . Behold, I am come unto thee. I have brought thee truth; I have done away with sin for thee. I have not sinned against anyone. I have not mistreated people. I have not done evil instead of righteousness . . .

      I have not reviled the God.
      I have not laid violent hands on an orphan.
      I have not done what the God abominates . . .
      I have not killed; I have not turned anyone over to a killer.
      I have not caused anyone's suffering . . .
      I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste.
      I have not increased nor diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm; I have not encroached upon the fields.
      I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.
      I have not taken milk from a child's mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage...
      I have not stopped (the flow of) water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.
      I have not quenched a fire in its time . . .
      I have not kept cattle away from the God's property.
      I have not blocked the God at his processions."

      "The Book of the Dead was written circa 1800 BCE. 2 The Schofield Reference Bible estimates that the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt and the provision of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai occurred in 1491 BCE., some three centuries later. Many religious liberals, historians, and secularists have concluded that the Hebrew Scripture's Ten Commandments were based on this earlier docu-ment, rather than vice-versa."

      May 16, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Just think Reality, if you loved and followed Jesus' truth you wouldn't be bent out of sorts researching all the Cain's offshoot of babble baloney. LOL
      Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
      cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

      John 14:6


      May 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, "I am the Truth........" i.e. John 14:6. This passage was not said by the historical Jesus but was wishful thinking and an embellishment by John to make Jesus more like the ancient and local gods of first century Palestine. AND Said passage is a single attestation found no where else in the NT making it historically unreliable. e.g. http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?ti-tle=210_Place_of_Life

      See also Professor Gerd Ludemann conclusions in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 535-540.

      And also from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "

      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/john.html

      May 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  19. gregoire

    Obama will do exactly what WA's governor did. In his second term he does not need to campaign for a third term. He won't care anymore. That's why he will push for getting gay marriage legal in all 50 states. He's been anti chris tian all thru his presidency. There's no reason for him to change course.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      And I here I thought Christianity was all about tolerance and love. Remember what Jesus said "forgive them father, for they know not what they do." And that was to Roman soldiers who were crucifying him! Why do you care if gays are allowed to marry? Last I checked, according to Christianity, you aren't the judge. It doesn't affect you personally, why do you care?

      May 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      If by "Christian" you mean bigot, then yes. It's a shame that's what the term seems to mean to you.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
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