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  •  Untrue about Obama wearing (1+ / 0-)
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    his faith on his sleeve.  I listen to everything he says and he never even talks about it----has only mentioned in connection with the need to convince religious voters that they are voting against their interests by voting Republican---a reaching out to convince those voters that it is the Democratic party whose interests are more likely to be the taking care of the "least of us"---the common good---the "we're all connected" idea that he mentioned tonight.  

    •  I have seen him start his speeches in large (1+ / 0-)
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      crowds mentioning God and his faith.  I did not mean it to be disrespectful but he mentioned it more than I was comfortable with.  And I am okay with a genuine faith the way I think Obama has it as a part of who he is.

      It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin

      by pioneer111 on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:23:01 PM PDT

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    •  Obama called out all Dems on ignoring (2+ / 0-)
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      the language of faith last fall (don't have the link but will look for it).  This didn't go over well with quite a few as it was another instance of a junior senator telling the rest of the party what was wrong, in public.  So, yes, Obama has been courting the religious vote for some time and claiming others in the party had abandoned the faith community.  He wanted (wants) everyone to talk it up; some other candidates prefer to live their faith rather than tout it.

      "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

      by edgery on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:34:12 PM PDT

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      •  I know what you're referring to--- (0+ / 0-)

        because I know everything that is available to know about Obama-----and the little snitty remark at the end about "live their faith rather than tout it" was unwarranted.
         What he was trying to say was all about winning back some of those religious voters---many in the southern states---who have all flocked to the Republican Party in recent years----and making it difficult and tricky for Dems to win elections.  It was about the need for Dems to reach out to those voters to say that Dem ideals of "we're all our brother's keepers" etc. are more in line with theirs.  And in keeping with Obama's modus operandi, it was about seeking common ground, inviting some converts into the party and telling them it's a good one.

        •  dot, the remark was in reference to Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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          not Obama. the Repubs have shoved religion down our throats for a long time and I have little patience with them.  As far as i can tell, Obama lives his faith as does Edwards.  

          you said he didn't wear his faith on his sleeve, I was only pointing out that he has made it an issue before, and not in a way that was well-received by some of his fellow Democrats.  

          "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

          by edgery on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 09:52:30 PM PDT

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      •  Wonderful speech by Obama at my blog (1+ / 0-)
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