GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) â€” After speaking to an evangelical church on Sunday in this traditionally conservative South Carolina city, Sen. Barack Obama said that Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse.
“I think its important particularly for those of us in the Democratic Party to not cede values and faith to any one party,” Obama told reporters outside the Redemption World Outreach Center where he attended services.
“I think that what you’re seeing is a breaking down of the sharp divisions that existed maybe during the nineties, when at least in politics the perception was that the Democrats were fearful of talking about faith, and on the other hand you had the Republicans who had a particular brand of faith that often times seemed intolerant or pushed people away,” he said.
Something tells me that Obama’s views on abortion and gay marriage will be the first of his many hurdles to capturing any evangelical vote. Maybe I’m just being cynical but I seem to remember hearing this kind of rhetoric from Democrats almost every election cycle. Flashback to John Kerry giving political speeches from various churches.
“Sometimes this is a difficult road being in politics,” Obama said. “Sometimes you can become fearful, sometimes you can become vain, sometimes you can seek power just for power’s sake instead of because you want to do service to God. I just want all of you to pray that I can be an instrument of God in the same way that Pastor Ron and all of you are instruments of God.”
He finished his brief remarks by saying, “We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth.”
An instrument of God that supports abortion. To each his own. He seems to be coming off as somewhat divine. Is he trying to become a pastor or run for president?