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Update: Obama Meets with Conservative and Progressive Religious Leaders

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  1. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/390184.aspx

    Update: Obama Meets with Conservative and Progressive Religious Leaders
    June 10, 2008

    More now on Barack Obama's meeting with religious leaders in Chicago this afternoon. As we first reported on The Brody File, Obama is meeting with influential mega-pastor TD Jakes and pro-life Catholic constitutional law professor Doug Kmiec. Read more here on that. That's a big deal. A really big deal. The fact that these two conservative men are meeting with Obama may be a signal that Obama's campaign is ready to break down the traditional wall of separation between conservatives and liberals when it comes to religious talk.

    This meeting with Obama is made up of religious leaders from several denominations including Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants and Catholics. There are about 30 people there and these are leaders from Chicago and outside Chicago. Some in the meeting have shown their support for him. Others have not. I'm told that the meeting consisted of prayer as well and it lasted two hours. A campaign source tells me that besides Jakes and Kmiec, other religious leaders in the room today include Religious leaders include Rich Cizik with the conservative National Association of Evangelicals, best selling Christian author Max Lucado, Luis Cortes, Paul Corts, Cameron Strang, Bishop Phillip Cousin, Rev Stephen Thurston, Glenn Palmberg and Dr T Dewitt Smith. This campaign source tells me:

    "Reaching out to the faith community is a priority for Barack Obama and will be a priority under an Obama Administration. This is one of several meetings he will have over the coming months with religious leaders."

    Folks, this is an important development. It shows that the game has changed. Old rules don't apply. We're in uncharted territory. John McCain's religious outreach team has to now step to the plate and work hard for faith voters. It's not automatic.
  2. Maikeru-sama

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    Anybody who believes this is extremely naive.

    I really am starting to get "tired head" with all these claims that Barack Obama is a new kind of politician and the proverbial "skunk of the party".

    The guy is no different than any other politician and people need to start focusing on what he and McCain believe in, as opposed to these overly-hyped articles about meetings with evangelical leaders. I mean seriously, do you really think somebody like T.D. Jakes is going to turn down a meeting with a man who could be sitting in the Oval Office next year?

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  3. Heisenberg

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    It's definitely a sensationalist article. He goes a bit too far on the importance of the meeting, but considering that Obama's opponent is really not that much of an ally to the Christian right as past conservatives have been, who knows.
  4. Bach

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    Interestingly it doesn't look like Jeremiah Wright was among the invitees.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I relish the day when we don't need politicians pandering to religious leaders in the community.
  6. Heisenberg

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    I relish the day when politics and religion don't touch. Won't be in my lifetime I'm sure.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    I relish the day when politicians don't pander to anyone. huh. long wait there.
    Is this any worse then the slavish adoration the Dems do to big labor and various minority pressure groups?
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Something we agree on.

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