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“From His Heart”

Via the “Matthew 25 group, “a newly formed Political Action Committee (PAC) resolved around the Gospel values laid out in Matthew 25″ — we give you candidate Barack “Jesus” Obama:

Which church is the PAC referring to? “God damn Amerikkka,” anyone? And what about those radical, racist religious leaders he hung out with, regularly, in Chicago for over 20 years — from Father Michael Pfleger to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, both of whom are close to Minister Louis Farrakhan?

And will any evangelical buy into Obama’s all-out campaign to prove he’s a devout Christian? Especially with his strong voting record on abortion and long association with Planned Parenthood (which, it is claimed, instructed him how to vote)?

Or that he voted “present” on two Illinois senate bills on teaching “respect” in schools and on prohibiting sex shops near schools and places of worship?

From my December story, quoting a New York Times article:

Mr. Obama was also the sole present vote on a bill that easily passed the Senate that would require teaching respect for others in schools. He also voted present on a measure to prohibit sex-related shops from opening near schools or places of worship. It passed the Senate.

In both of those cases, his campaign said, he was trying to avoid mandates on local authorities.

In “Barack Obama Radio Spot Hits Christian Radio,” CBN Network’s Brody File column reports that the PAC is running this radio ad on James Dobson’s home turf in Colorado Springs, Colorado (!).

Now playing on Christian radio: Barack Obama!

The Brody File has learned that the Matthew 25 Network which is a religious political action committee supporting Obama has put together a radio ad in which Obama’s faith is highlighted. And get this….they are airing it on Christian radio in Colorado Springs, the home to James Dobson and Focus on the Family.

Part of their release, sent to The Brody File, is below:

The Matthew 25 Network today launched an initial radio ad campaign to reach Christian voters with Obama’s positive message of how faith informs his life and enhances dialogue in the public square.

The ad entitled “From his Heart,” comes on the heels of Senator Obama’s historic speech earlier today about the instrumental role faith communities play in caring for the “least of these” in our society and the importance of public partnerships with faith-based programs that have proven track records.

The Matthew 25 Network ad will first run in Colorado Springs, CO, home of James Dobson who garnered much media attention last week for attacking Senator Obama’s faith. The group will run run ads in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and other swing states.

Here is the script version of the radio ad:

Narrator: You know it’s an election year when certain people start grabbing headlines by attacking the faith of Presidential candidates. With all these stones being cast at Senator Obama, it can be hard to know what to believe. But in Luke, Jesus taught us that we must listen to what a man says because “out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.” So here are words from Senator Obama’s heart:

Obama: “I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in people’s lives” “kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt that I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.”

Narrator: Paid for by Matthew 25 Network, Matthew 25.org is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Matthew 25 Network is responsible for the content of this ad because we think it’s time for a better Christian witness in politics.

Dr. Richard Land, Chairman of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Association, was a guest on Just In with Laura Ingraham, her new Fox News show that airs weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Dr. Land pointed out that, no matter how much Obama pounds on the point that he’s a good Christian, his pro-abortion stand will be a certain deal breaker for evangelicals.

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There’s something else that bothers me. Obama, by hammering on his insistence that he is a Christian, is also insulting Muslims. As I wrote recently:

To be clear: We at No Quarter have no concerns about Barack Obama having had a Muslim background; given the circumstances of his childhood, living with a stepfather in Indonesia who was Muslim as well as having relatives in Africa who are Muslim, it is simply a part of his background, and probably a plus to be exposed to the faith, although he was for the most part rather young to assess it.

Our issue is with Obama’s failure to be frank about his life history and — worst of all — his appearance of running from any past associations with Muslims, as if being evasive would protect him from voter concerns in an age of the Internet and 24/7 news. Instead — by insisting repeatedly that he is solely a “committed Christian” and has “never been a Muslim” — Obama may be insulting Muslims worldwide who are surely puzzled why he hides this past. Further, his obfuscations lose him credibility among voters who seek honesty and forthrightness in their presidential candidates.

Obama seems unable to grasp what most mature people understand: That hiding the simple truth damages one’s reputation far more than the fact that is being hidden.

We get it, Barack. We do. You’re desperate to kill the rampant rumors that you were or are a Muslim, or ever had any associations with any Muslims. But, the saying, “He doth protest too much,” applies here.

But this is going to backfire, I predict, because Obama’s positions on abortion and his astonishing voting record in the Illinois senate are going to come out, and NO devout Christian will vote for him.

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  • mary

    Barack voted Present (“Hell, I don’t wanna take a position with this, screw it!)
    on EARLY PAROLE FOR SEX OFFENDERS IN ILLINOIS!
    and present (I don’t care either way, screw this!)
    on
    SEX SHOPS NEAR SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES!

    Figures. He let his 2 little girls witness the lewd,obscene gyrations of his Pastor at the pulpit every Sunday–without posting an X-warning Sign outside the Hate Church.

    And you expect him to vote against Criminals, sex offenders and sex shop owners near Schools! Not our Sweetie!

    Pumas Go Roar in his big ears and teach him Family Values!

  • Margaret

    I’m glad Catholics, by and large, aren’t falling for this huckster. He felt the “spirit of God and submitted to His will”? He has a tin ear; this isn’t even Christian vocabulary, but it is very much Islamic. Submitted to His will”, me arse.

  • DancingOpossum

    I really wonder about this evangelical outreach. Is it a sign of desperation? Does the Obama campaign know they’ve lost too many Democrats? Is it an attempt to turn red states blue? I don’t think it will work, whatever it is trying to do. The obvious comparisons to Wright and Pfleger are gold for the 527s.

  • PS

    http://www.earlham.edu/alumni/content/relations/spotlight/vanderslice_mara.html

    From online information she was active in the Earlham Socialist Alliance.

  • sjc-tx

    I think they need to “Reintroduce” the videos of the ‘faith’ and church that oblassole attended and was “inspired” by for 22 years. Bring back wright and farrakhan… REMIND the voters just exactly WHAT BHO TRULY IS!

    • Alex01

      Good idea! I try to remind people a lot when I blog. That is one of the huge issues that WILL keep OBOMBA out of the White House.

  • Alex01

    Mike McCurry, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary, is part of this outfit. He was also an advisor to John Kerry during his campaign. Here’s a quote concerning McCurry from 11/17/04:

    “He basically said that the votes are not there, they looked at all the angles and that’s why Kerry conceded. They are aware of all the blogs, but that he had dinner with Kerry last night and that it’s time to look towards the future. Seems in contrast to Kerry’s interview in which he states that there still counting votes.
    I don’t get it!”

    Found at http://preview.tinyurl.com/56onqe

  • ohio

    As my name says, I’m from Ohio. I do not see Obama winning Ohio. As a Christian, we do not buy his message. Also, as a Christian, I can tell you that a lot of us voted for Hillary, not because Rush “told” us to, but because McCain pretty much had it sewed up by then and we did not want Obama. We actually had wanted it to be between Hillary and McCain. We felt that whoever won the election between the two, we could live with it. Not so with Obama. So Obama can “pander” to the evangelicals, christians, whoever, we aren’t buying it. We remember the Wright’s rant, Michelle being proud, and the bitter clinging to their religion and guns. So now it’s GO McCain. Obama is a fake.

  • Katmoon

    And what he “proposes”: is already in place by the current faith based initiatives.(looks like he copy and pasted again!) Making it his own; Let him own it, as one has to wonder if he has “changed” so much as to leave his former church, why does his website say he still is a member? From- the resource library on his page; “Respond to Email Smears Flyer”

    “Barack Obama became a Christian long before he entered politics. As a community organizer in the
    1980s, he worked with a group of churches in a depressed neighborhood of Chicago. He became active
    in Trinity United Church of Christ, where he, his wife, and daughter remain active members today.”

    and…

    Current Faith based initative rules:
    from
    whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/guidance/index.html

    We are a faith-based organization. Can Federal funds be used to pay the salary of a member of our staff?

    “Yes, provided that this staff person is delivering the Federally-funded service and is not engaged in religious worship, instruction, or prostelytization. The staff member may be a rabbi, priest, imam, or preacher, so long as he or she does not engage in these activities while being paid with public dollars. For example, a minister may teach an anger management seminar to ex-offenders as part of a Federal grant. But the minister must keep his or her teaching on the subject of anger management separate from his church duties and preaching responsibilities.”

    What are the rules on funding religious activity with Federal money?

    The United States Supreme Court has said that faith-based organizations may not use direct government support to support “inherently religious” activities. Don’t be put off by the term “inherently religious” – it’s simply a phrase that has been used by the courts in church-state cases. Basically, it means you can not use any part of a direct Federal grant to fund religious worship, instruction, or proselytization. Instead, organizations may use government money only to support the non-religious social services that they provide.

    Obama’s New Idea…July 01, 2008
    Obama’s Speech on Faith-Based Organizations
    Barack Obama
    (As prepared for delivery)
    Zanesville, Ohio

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/07/obamas_speech_on_faithbased_or.html

    “Now, make no mistake, as someone who used to teach constitutional law, I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don’t believe this partnership will endanger that idea – so long as we follow a few basic principles. First, if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion. Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs. And we’ll also ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work.”

    • let them eat change

      There are so many other uses for 500 million annually that could go to help the impoverished and educate youth.

      How’s about supporting community garden projects?
      How’s about putting the money into after school community projects?
      How’s about putting the money into art programs to help clean up neighborhoods?
      How’s about just helping out good old fashioned neighborhood associations that encourage neighbors to work together?

      This money does not have to given to faith based groups to achieve the goals that are proposed.

    • let them eat change

      Jesum, not proselytize! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

  • Just Say NoFraud, NObama

    I’m going to let Obama in on a little secret. Evangelicals have been donating to their fellow man without government intervention for a long, long time. As most of us know, when you give money to charity there are administrative costs that subtract the actual value that you give…so $20 given may be $15 or less. On the other hand, if a church or another group donates directly to the person who needs it, there are no administrative costs and the entire value of the money is received by the person who needs it. This type of thing has happened for centuries so Obama didn’t invent it–he just doesn’t happen to know much about it. What Obama wants to do is get government bureaucracy involved in that process (as if the government is good at handling money anyway). He stands on a mountain to proclaim how good he is and how badly we selfish evangelicals have been. IMO his “good works” are for votes, not for the actual benefit of the people.

    I lost a child some years back and had things that I no longer could use. I thought I would try to find a family that was having a baby unexpectedly and located a group that helped people who needed help to support their families. This group helped the husband find a job, a car, a refrigerator, clothes, baby needs, etc. It wasn’t just a singular approach to the problem, it helped lift an entire family out of poverty instantly. This family wasn’t affiliated with any church but I believe the Lord supplied their needs. Believers know what Jesus said about helping the ‘least of his’ and they don’t stand on a pedestal to prove anything, they just obey.

  • PS

    “I’m rooted in the Christian tradition,” Obama told Falsani. “I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

  • Florida With 1/2 Vote

    Matthew 25: 35-46 In this parable God describes the consequences of two attitudes to Christ’s return. The person who diligently prepares for it by investing his or her time and talent to serve God will be rewarded. The person who has no heart for the work of the kingdom will be punished. God rewards faithfulness. Those who bear no fruit for God’s kingdom can not expect to be treated the same as those who are faithful. This parable also describes acts of mercy we all can do every day.

    Now I ask you, has Obama shown acts of mercy to the little babies that he has voted on to abort through “partial birth abortion”?

    God gives discernment to everyone; and, God know Obama’s heart. The truth will show to everyone that Obama is a false prophet.

    Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.” Jesus tells us in this passage to beware of those whose words sound religious but who are motivated by money, fame, or power. You can tell who they are because in their teaching they minimize Christ and glorify themselves.

    FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST EVIL—(OBAMA)

  • rjj

    Obama polls well with the Scribe-Pharisee-Whited Sepulchre demographic – same as George Dubya.

  • HillGirl

    Good grief! It is just tooooo frickin’ much. Now?! Now?! He decides he’s what? Religious? Didn’t he just say that he wasn’t particularly religious? And, really – how could he be after listening to a racist and a bigot for 20 years?!

  • HillGirl

    Good grief! It is just tooooo frickin’ much. Now?! Now?! He decides he’s what? Religious? Didn’t he just say that he wasn’t particularly religious? And, really – how could he be after listening to a racist and a bigot for 20 years.

  • annagain

    OK. That video made me vomit.

  • Retired

    I’ve figured it out. Sometime after the convention, Obama is going to find some white evangelical preacher looking to make a few bucks and make a joint appearance with him on live TV. During that appearance, Obama will claim that the preacher has “cured” him of his homosexual desires through the strength of the Lord. Michelle will suck it up (no pun intended) and join Obama on stage and they will all sing a few traditional hymns. Jackson, Farrakhan, Sharpton, Wright and Pfleger woun’t even be allowed in the same state during the broadcast. Watch for it!

  • let them eat change

    I am so mad tonight. He is so propped up and we can’t do a thing about it. I feel so completely powerless from stopping this “thing” from getting in office. I needed to vent!

    • It’s Not Me

      WE will stop him! He has alienated the entire Democratic Party!

      The Baby Boomers
      The bitter voters
      The Typical White Voters
      Gun Clinging voters
      Religion clinging voters
      Blue Collar workers
      The rural voters
      The Garlic-Nosed Italians
      The Catholic voters
      The Jewish voters
      The Moderate Democrat
      The anti-illegal immigrant voters
      The female Hillary voters
      Many male Hillary voters
      Anti-FISA voters
      The campaign finance reform supporters
      The anti-Faith-Based initiative voters

      THERE’S NO ONE LEFT TO VOTE FOR THE LOSER! He has the so-called “creative class” and the AAs (which make up 10% of the TOTAL population in this country).

      Obamarrhoid is NOT going to win the election in November….SHOULD HE BE ALLOWED TO STEAL THE NOMINATION FROM HILLARY IN AUGUST.

  • memyself&i

    This ad will convince some religious people to not vote for Obama because there is too much self-glorification.

    I hope someone will record this before they figure out it will backfire and remove it.

    • rjj

      This ad will convince some religious people to not vote for Obama because there is too much self-glorification.

      When has that ever been offputting in religion or politics? Humble Leaders of Flocks? Oxymoron!

  • http://notofthebody.blogspot.com HypeJersey

    Does anyone else notice how Obambi looks white in that photograph?

  • http://www.madinthemiddle.blogspot.com churl

    I’ll trump your Matt 25 with Matt 6.

  • Uña de Gato

    “bama will run out of lapel space when he has to don his flag pin, crucifix pin, AIDS ribbon pin, Breast cancer survivor pin, Che Guevara beret pin, and I Believe in Rainbows pin. Some despots wear medals, others wear pins.

    • rjj

      funny. great cartoon material.

  • standard

    Right wing Christians won’t fall for it any more than vets are fooled by his flag pin.
    What has Soros done to this party?

  • d2d

    If I’m correct, there can be no coordination b/w a presidenital campaign and 527 activities. Does anyone else find it interesting that he announces the expansion of the faith based programs and now this Matthew group is releasing a favorable message about BO’s christian roots.?

    Give me a break. This ain’t no co-inkydink

    • It’s Not Me

      The Matthew group 527 probably = Soros. Follow the money.

  • DavidE

    I see this faith based initiative backfiring on him. It reminds people of Pflegler and Wright.

    Is Sen. Obama going to be able to connect with white Evangelical Christians. I tend to doubt it. Every time he talks about religion, people are reminded: (1) that he was brought up a Muslim and (2) he belonged to a black nationalist church.

    His best move is to drop the issue.

  • Just Say NoFraud, NObama

    Again, Obama keeps getting himself in deeper but, again, by using surrogates. I’m afraid he’s going to be further educated by reading your insightful articles and these posts. You know, new position tomorrow after you show him the error of his ways.

    IMO evangelicals simply do not like a hypocrite. (We despise those fake tv preachers more than anyone!) Obama has become one of them–instead of looking for a buck from the sheep he’s leading astray, he’s looking for votes. A good preacher tells you what you need to hear, not what you may want to hear and they can back it up. Obama tells you what you want to hear and looks for Bible verses to prove he’s not just a mere mortal like the rest of us–he’s the ultimate authority on religion as well as being a world-class economist; peace negotiator; philosopher; philanthropist; patriotic American; “legitimate” Democratic Nominee.

    Obama sat in a church for 20 years with Rev. Wright humping the podium–hard to imagine Jesus doing that on the Mount of Olives. A reverand who preached along racial lines rather than the lack of division given by Jesus and his followers.

    (Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.)

    His spiritual mentor believes in getting even with the enemy though the Bible is clear on who is to judge and who will defend the powerless–(i.e., vengence is mine, saith the Lord) The Bible speaks of turning the other cheek. The Bible tells the hypocrite to remove the plank from your own eye before removing the splinter from someone elses. No, the church he sat in, that taught the entire Obama family, is demonstrative of plenty and it’s hardly the Biblical view of most evangelicals.

    Obama’s own words have sunk him with the evangelical vote–because he’s pretending to be someone he is not. Everyone is free to believe what they want in this country–which is what makes us great! But why pretend to be something you are not? Unfortunately, being real is the one thing the great Obama doesn’t have the courage to be.

    • believe

      And evangelicals also don’t like McCain.

      So maybe this year a lot of them JUST WON’T VOTE!

      • Just Say NoFraud, NObama

        RE: McCain/Evangelicals
        That’s true too–but Obama is going to enrage and energize that group so much they show up to send Obama and his koolaide drinking drones a message. (You know, the one’s that laughed at the oh-so-subtle-it-can-be-denied-later flip-off.) (PS–not all evangelicals believe in voting so you may not have ever seen them fully represented to date–though a lot of talking heads believe so.)

        If Obama’s still the nominee in November, I hope he’s still preaching.

        • believe

          Yeah, this sort of thing will drive evangelicals — where did you say??

          Obama’s first public campaign stop Tuesday was the Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio, a non-profit group that provides groceries and clothing to families and tutors 32 students.

          The visit came on a day when the Obama campaign rolled out a plan for a White House office that would support faith-based programs. A fact sheet provided by Eastside side shows that its funding comes from the United Way, churches, civic groups and individual donors.

          Children in grades K-12 are offered help with their homework and life skills training, along with activities including 4-H, Bible Club and Girl Scouts.

          http://thepage.time.com/pool-report-of-obamas-eastside-community-ministry-tour/

          • let them eat change

            you have no “beliefs”!

          • Just Say NoFraud, NObama

            Nice photo-op. Since he’s advertising his good works to be rewarded by man.

          • candymarl

            Too bad he wasn’t there for the people in his district in Chicago. I guess he’s trying to “look” caring. If he cared he would have done something for the victims of his friend Rezko. But since they were just poor black folk I guess they don’t count. No apologizing, no change, and no hope for you!

          • DoroB

            If he had done this while his constituents were living without heat they might have been saved. And it would look genuine.

            • skepticle

              Yeah! Because none of John McCain or Hillary Clinton’s constituents are poor! Nyah nyah!

  • Uña de Gato

    ‘Bama has lots of plexes. President Plex.

  • Linda C.

    My partner who works in mental health stated very obviously
    Obama has got a complex and I have a spot for him.

  • Ann

    Jesus Christ, (forgive me, Lord) I can’t believe how transparent and pathetic this is! NOTHING is beneath these people! But, I pray, I hope he keeps this up – yes, keep talking about your faith and church – keep bringing it up, church, church, church – let’s not let the people forget that Black Liberation Theology you believe in – anti-white, anti-semetic, anti-American – 20 years of being indoctrinated into your soul – yes, all ye Evangelicals – that’s the man you want for your President – go forth and vote – but first, google “Black Liberation Theology” and sit in amazement.

    • Zimeeisme

      Amen!