Moral Issues and The Presidential Campaign 2008

Christians need to be involved in the elective process, not to champion one political party over another, but to call the nation back to its moral roots.

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Farrakhan on Obama: 'The Messiah is absolutely speaking'

Oct. 10, 2008 - Louis Farrakhan told a large crowd of young people at a Nation of Islam Saviour's Day rally that God will use them to bring about universal change and Barak Obama will lead them. He said, "That's a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking."
Source: WorldNetDaily


Republican National Committee: ACORN & Voter Registration Fraud ...

Oct. 8, 2008 - The Fox News team exposes the widespread voter fraud activities of ACORN apparently aimed to help Barak Obama in key battleground states.
Las Vegas - Federal officials raided an ACORN office for registering all sorts of people who were not actually going to be voting there.
In 21 states ACORN registered 1.3 million.
Source: MarketWatch
Planting Seeds of Disaster - ACORN, Barack Obama, and the Democratic party -Stanly Kurtz - National Review
Obama, ACORN, and the Financial Crisis - OneNewsNow
Voter-fraud task force raids office backing Obama - Washington Times
Obama, Ayers and the Politics of Intimidation - Frank Pastore

More Young Christian Voters Favor Obama

Oct. 9, 2008 - According to a national survey of 18-34-year-olds found that those who attended church at least one or two times a month favored Sen. Barack Obama. Those who attended more frequently favored his opponent John McCain. The survey, conducted by Faith in Public Life, also exposes a growing "God-gap" between older and younger Christians.
Young Christian voters seemed to be less concerned with human rights issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
Source: CBN

Palin Says Obama 'Palling Around' With Terrorists

Oct. 4, 2008 - Speaking in Englewood, Colorado, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the anti-American terrorist group, the Weather Underground.
Obama served on a charity board with Ayers in Chicago and has denounced his past activities.
Source: NewsMax
Oct. 5 - Hannity's America: Obama and his friends: History of Radicalism - 6-part video of Sean Hannity's documentary exposing Obama's numerous ties with anti-American radicals from the time of his college years right up to the present.
Obama and ACORN: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide - News Max
McCain Goes for the Jugular in New Obama-Ayers Ad - Fox
Will MSM Report on Obama Membership in Socialist New Party? - NewsBusters

Talking the Walk

October, 2008 - After years of ambiguity, Senator McCain reveals his spiritual side for public viewing.
Source: Christianity Today

Palin Reignites The Culture War

Oct. 3, 2008 - The writer, Eleanor Clift, obviously doesn't support Palin, but she says the debate with Joe Biden shows that she can bring back debate about cultural differences between the Presidential candidates.
Source: Forbes

Should Christians Argue Politics?

Sept. 30, 2008 - Frank Pastore, host of KKLA Radio's “The Frank Pastore Show,” responds to critics about speaking out on political issues. They say,
“You’re not fair and balanced, you’re close-minded and too biased against liberals.”
Pastore's response is that our political and social policies should grow out of our theology, not vice versa. However, he explains that a Christian can become too political. That is the case when a believer's politics is no longer rooted in his or her theology. When that happens there is a disconnect between their faith and their political agenda.
Source: Crosswalk

From The Presidential Debate:
McCain: Obama's call for dialogue with Iran is 'dangerous'

Sept. 27, 2008 - During the first presidential debate, neither John McCain or Barak Obama scored a decisive oratorical victory over the other. But when the debate turned to Iran's nuclear threat to Israel, McCain attacked Obama's concept of sitting down to talk to a person like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "without any preconditions." McCain said about this approach,"It isn't only naive, it's dangerous." He also said that if Iran had possession of a nuclear bomb, it would pose an existential threat to Israel.
Source: Ha'Aretz

Clinging to Her Religion

Sept, 2008 - This article traces Sarah Palin's Christian beliefs and the churches she has attended. She describes herself as a "Bible-believing Christian."
Source: The Weekly Standard

Jesus was no 'community organizer'

Sept. 13, 2008 - WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah complains that the recent campaign conversations are blasphemous, comparing Obama to Jesus, and Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate, who was a governor. Worst of all, Jesus wasn't just a "community organizer." Farah said,
Let me make one thing clear – as an actually believer in Jesus: "Jesus was not a "community organizer." Jesus is the Son of God, the Lord of the universe, the savior of humanity.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Rush Limbaugh to Obama: 'You are no Jesus Christ'

Sept. 12, 2008 - As part of the Democrat campaign strategy, Barack Obama is being compared to Jesus and Gov. Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate. Rush Limbaugh blasted the concept as "pathological" and "insane."
"I know Jesus Christ. I pray to Jesus Christ all the time," said Limbaugh." I study what Jesus Christ did and said all the time, and let me tell you something, Barack Obama, you are no Jesus Christ."
Limbaugh also said he couldn't find any Biblical references to Jesus promoting infanticide or sex education be taught to 4- and 5-year-olds.
Source: WorldNetDaily

McCain Camp Accuses Obama of Comparing Palin to a Pig

Sept. 10, 2008 - Following Sarah Palin's joke about lipstick being the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, Barak Obama said you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The GOP reacted by claiming that was a personal attack on Palin, and by asking Obama to apologize.
Source: Fox

Palin desires spiritual revival in Alaska

Sept. 7, 2008 - Governor Sarah Palin now attends an independent evangelical church, but she has deep roots in her home town church, Wasilla Assembly of God.
Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin this summer told her former church in Alaska that she's praying for a spiritual revival in the state.
Source: OneNewsNow
Media accused of creating controversy over Palin's faith - OneNewsNow
Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view - Washington Times
In Palin’s Life and Politics, Goal to Follow God’s Will - Washington Times
All You Need to Know About the Assemblies of God - A primer for Palin watchers and others - Christianity Today (9/17/08)

A star is born
The country 'fell in love with Sarah Palin tonight'

Sept. 4, 2008 - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention was even more impressive than expected. She introduced herself to America last night as "just your average hockey mom." She seemed unaffected by the magnitude of her viewing audience, and identified with middle-Americans in their struggles. She delivered stinging rebuffs to Barak Obama with a smile. And she extolled the heroism and leadership of John McCain. Pollster Frank Luntz called it "the best vice presidential speech I have ever heard."
"I don't know a vice presidential candidate that had a more powerful impact, and I've been to every convention since 1988," Luntz said.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Liberals Panic About Sarah Palin Nomination
and Resort To Disgusting Tactics

Sept. 3, 2008 - John McCain's V.P. pick, Sarah Palin, is experiencinging the predictable attacks against her by the liberal press and far-left blogs. Many of their reports are obviously dishonest. The Daily Kos and others promoted the lie that 4-month-old Trig was not Palin's son, but her daughter's. MSNBC's intial story about her asked the question, "How many houses does Palin add to the Republican ticket?" US Magazine's misleading cover story featured the headline "Babies, Lies, and Scandals." It has now been disclosed that her Social Security Number is being published.

The attacks will continue. But the rusult has been an outpouring of support for Sarah Palin by a host of influential voices, and a likely backlash against the far left and the liberal news establishment.

Pondering Pain - Crosswalk - Newt Gingrich opined Monday: "Palin represents the worst threat to the Left since Ronald Reagan."
Stick With Sarah - Dick Morris and Eileen McGann - Townhall.com
"Babies, guns and Jesus" - Rush Limbaugh is enthusiastic about the choice of Palin.
The Argument Against Idiots - Glen Beck
Gov. Palin Announces Teen Daughter's Pregnancy... - Dr. James Dobson - "(The Palins) should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances."

Thompson Raps Obama on Abortion Answer

Sept. 3, 2008 - At the Republican National Convention, actor Fred Thompson, who was an early contender in this year's Presidential race, spoke against Barak Obama's position on abortion.
"We need a president who doesn't think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade," Thompson said.
The remark referred to Obama's answer to Rick Warren's question about when he believed babies had human rights.
Source: NewsMax

Conservatives cheer, Democrats sneer McCain VP choice

Aug. 30, 2008 - John McCain's choice of Alaska Governer, Sarah Palin, as his Vice Presidential running mate has caused jubilation among conservatives. Even Rush Limbaugh, who has been critical of McCain, was pleased.
McCain has made a brilliant move here. We do have a woman on the ticket but she is a Republican woman, it's not Hillary (Clinton), Sarah Palin does not have to wear pantsuits and her husband is not a crook,"
Source: AFP

Alaska Gov. Palin Tops Speculation About McCain Veep Pick

Aug. 29, 2008 - John McCain's choice for Vice Presidential running mate might be Sarah Palin, Alaska's first female governor, mother of five, including a downs syndrome child, and strong pro-life advocate.
Adding fuel to the Palin possibility was a report that a charter aircraft from Anchorage owned by a McCain supporter had arrived in Dayton, Ohio, where McCain has scheduled a noon ET rally to announce his choice.
Source: Fox
Is mysterious website tipping off McCain's VP? - WorldNetDaily
McCain*Palin 2008 Website
McCain Should Pick Sarah Palin for VP - Jack Kelly - Real Clear Politics (From June 2008)

Looking For God At The Democratic Convention

Aug. 29, 2008 - Christianity Today's blog about Christian issues in the Democratic Convention.
Source: Christianity Today
Analysts, Media Commentators Praise Obama's Speech - U.S. News and World Report

Majority voters bash Obama ‘family’ values
Poll: Americans back man-woman marriage, also believe life commences at conception

Aug. 26, 2008 - While Barak Obama calls for complete equality of homosexual couples, opposes state marriage amendments, and holds an extreme pro-abortion position, he is out of step with the majority of Americans according to the latest Zogby poll.
The newest WND/Zogby poll results assessing the 2008 election showed 58.3 percent would support "a ballot measure in your state" limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Another 36.2 percent would oppose the plan.
On abortion, the poll found that 59 percent believe human life begins at conception, 16.8 percent think it begins when the baby can survive outside the womb with medical assistance, and 17.2 said life begins at birth.

In addition, the poll showed (55% to 28%) that voters would oppose a president who does not know when life begins. At the recent Saddleback Forum Obama told Rick Warren that determining when life begins was "above my pay grade."

Source: WorldNetDaily

Official: Obama Picks Biden for Veep

Aug. 23, 2008 - Just before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has selected Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate. Biden has been a Senator for more than 30 years and has experience in foreign and defense issues as well as Constitutional issues.
Source: NewsMax

Abortion Vote Returns to Haunt Obama

Aug. 21, 2008 - As an Illinois Senator, Barak Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which allowed medical assistance to a baby that was being aborted but lived through the ordeal. The National Right to Life committee says Obama is misleading Americans by saying he opposed the bill. Obama accuses the pro-life group of lying. They say they have proof of Obama's extreme position.
Source: CBN

Obama, McCain air views on faith

Aug. 16, 2008 - Presidential candidates Barak Obama and John McCain participated Saturday in a forum at Saddleback Church moderated by Pastor Rick Warren.
Demonstrating the growing range of concerns to evangelical Christians, the candidates were challenged not only over their views on social issues such as abortion and gay rights, but taxes, education, and the standards for military intervention abroad.
Source: Boston Globe
Pastor Rick Warren Brings McCain, Obama Together - NPR

Polls show more reject both McCain, Obama

Aug. 13, 2008 - Joseph Farah explains why support for third-party candidates is growing - nearing 20% of voters. They cannot win, but many feel it is wrong to vote for either McCain or Obama, since they do believe either one will uphold the fundamental tenets of our Constitution.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Dem Platform Endorses Abortion?

Aug. 11, 2008 - Democrats will consider adopting a strong pro-abortion stance in the coming elections. The proposed platform includes:
- Unequivocal support for Roe v. Wade
- No limits on using taxpayer funds to finance abortions
- A woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of the ability to pay
Source: CBN

McCain Raps Obama over Private School

Aug. 2, 2008 - Both presidential candidates send their children to private schools, but McCain says that he favors vouchers that give parents more school choices while Obama is not willing to give ordinary families that choice.
Source: CBN

Obama Opposes California Marriage Amendment While McCain Supports It

July 30, 2008 - Democrat Presidential candidate Barak Obama has taken a stand on the California Marriage Amendment.
"I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states."

John McCain, the Republican candidate said,
"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."
Source:LifeSiteNews

McCain Surges to 4-Point Lead in USA Today/Gallup Poll

July 29, 2008 - A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows presidential candidate John McCain leading Barak Obama by 4 points. One month ago Obama was 6 points higher than McCain in the same poll.
The polls suggest that Obama's efforts to act like a president abroad -- even though he has yet to be elected -- may have backfired among American voters.
Source: NewsMax

Rick Warren, 'gay' advocate team up to host Obama-McCain

July 26, 2008 - Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain will discuss leadership and compassion issues at Saddleback Church on Aug. 16th. The event was the idea of Meg Riley, board president of Faith in Public Life, whose board members include other theological liberals, including a pro-abortion Muslim leader and a Jewish rabbi. Riley is a Unitarian-Universalist minister who once headed her denomination's homosexual advocacy office.
Warren told OneNewsNow, a Christian Internet site, he's not troubled by the association with a group at odds with his church's conservative evangelical theology. "Really we just are ... co-hosting [the event]," Warren said.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama promises to 'remake the world'

July 24, 2008 -
Addressing more than 200,000 elated Europeans massed in Berlin at twilight, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama promised Thursday that he would work to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in a safer, more united world.
Source: Politico
Obama's $845 billion U.N. plan forwarded to U.S. Senate floor - 'Global Poverty Act' to cost each citizen $2,500 or more - WorldNetDaily
How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist - Hal Lindsey

John Bolton: Obama presidency dangerous

July 9, 2008 - John Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, expressed his concern that Barak Obama would not support the use of force to fight terrorism by U.S. allies, such as Israel.
Bolton argued Obama holds a "broad conviction" that "everything can be negotiated and can be solved through negotiations."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama opposes proposed ban on gay marriage

July 2, 2008 - Even though Barak Obama has said he believes marriage should be only between man and a woman, he now voices opposition to a California Constitutional Amendment effort to establish that view as law.
In a letter to San Francisco's Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club, the presumptive presidential nominee said he opposed "the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution" and similar efforts in other states.
Source:San Francisco Chronicle

Dobson Accuses Obama of 'Distorting' Bible

June 23, 2008 - Dr. James Dobson of Focus on The Family, says that Presidential nominee Barak Obama distorts the Bible and is pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution. In his Tuesday radio program Dobson gives examples and added,
"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology."
Obama has said that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
Source: NewsMax
Text of Barack Obama's 'Call to Renewal' speech - Citizenlink
Obama Accuses Dr. Dobson of 'Making Stuff Up' - NewsMax

McCain, Obama Differ on Approach to Judicial Nominees

June 16, 2008 - McCain supported Supreme Court nominees John G. Roberts, Jr., and Samuel Alito, Jr., to become chief justice of the United States and associate justice, respectively. McCain voted to confirm both men, whom he said were "strict constructionists." Obama voted against both.
Source: Crosswalk

Is Obama really a Christian?

June 14, 2008 - Joseph Farah cites a Chicago Sun-Times interview of Barak Obama four years ago to show that Obama "has no concept of what it means to be a follower of Jesus."
He states, for instance, that he has no idea of what will happen to him when he dies....
He says there are many paths to heaven.
He suggests his eternal destination has something to do with being a "good father."
Farah, who is editor of WorldNetDaily, goes on to clarify that the Bible teaches that being a Christian means accepting Jesus' atoning, sacrificial death on the cross as full, unmerited payment for one's sins.
Source:WorldNetDaily

Huckabee to Join Fox News

June 13, 2008 - Mike Huckabee is no longer a presidential candidate, but he has been picked by Fox news to be a commentator on the election.
The former Arkansas governor has joined Fox News Channel as a contributor on election coverage, the news channel announced Thursday.
Source: NewsMax

Obama's Play for the Faithful

June 12, 2008 - Barak Obama's campaign set up a meeting with conservative and evangelical Christians, including Franklin Graham. So far, Obama has lost evangelical votes to McCain and Hillary Clinton, but McCain's support by evangelicals is also weak.
The candidate's advisers believe that if he can improve upon Kerry's standing among white evangelical voters by 5 to 10 points in November (essentially returning to Bill Clinton's level of support in the 1990s), he will win the election.
Source: TIME

Is Obama's candidacy constitutional?

June 11, 2008 - Bloggers are questioning Barak Obama's qualifications to be U.S. president, because of the circumstances of his birth. Obama was apparently born in Honolulu to Barack Hussein Obama Sr., of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya, and Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kan. FindLaw.com says that the requirements in force when Obama was born state,
"If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16."
Ann Dunham was 18 when Obama was born "so she wouldn't have met the requirement of five years after the age of 16."
Source:WorldNetDaily
June 12 Update: Blogger reveals Obama birth certificate - 'All information is what we have been told before' - WorldNetDaily

Southern Baptists remain wary of McCain

June 11, 2008 - Senator John McCain hasn't bothered to visit the 7,200 representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention, most of them staunch Republicans. He continues to distance himself from evangelicals
McCain opposes a federal marriage amendment, believing the question is for states.
Source: AP/ Google
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