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Opening Arguments

Faith heeling

What history of Christianity has he been studying in order to come to the conclusion that faith once brought us together?

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right- wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division. "Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart.

It got hijacked," the Democratic presidential candidate said in remarks prepared for delivery before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

Funny, I thought it was Islam that had been hijacked by extremists.


Gary Aknos
Mon, 06/25/2007 - 9:26am

Violation of church and state?

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And send an email to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (americansunited@au.org) demanding that the UCC lose it's 501(3(c) tax exempt status because:

From the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State perspective, a political speaker at a religious event has one of two distinct roles: Either they are 1) speaking as a candidate for office or 2) speaking as a non-candidate. If Obama was speaking as a non-candidate (since he was supposedly invited over a year ago before he declared) then his reference to campaign pledges if elected to office clearly violates AU's standard for separation. If he was speaking as a candidate, AU's standards call for equal access by the other candidates for the same office... which didn't appear to happen. In either case, his speeches before the Iowa Conference and the General Synod were a violation of separation by AU's own standards.

From the UCC perspective, there should be no confusion as they publicly advocate for the same rules on separation as AU. Furthermore, UCC leaders and conference ministers understood Obama's status as a declared candidate for some time and, by virtue of their reporting on the Iowa speech a week earlier, also understood that Obama's address would be a campaign speech. The UCC clearly and knowingly violated AU's standard for separation.

Mitchell Surface
Mon, 06/25/2007 - 11:30am

The UCC are the same folks that couldn't pass a resolution affirming they were Christian. Their definition of extremist is rather different than most folks.