Faith on full display at Republican convention

September 3, 2008

ST. PAUL – Faith was on full display at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night with prayers from a pastor and tunes belted out by a Christian pop star.

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Miles McPherson, a senior pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego and former professional football player, evoked patriotism and faith while leading the convention in prayer:

Thank-you God for always being there for us. And thank you for making America the greatest country in the world. We pray these things in Jesus’ name,” he said to warm cheers from the crowd.

Such overt displays of religion, politics and nationalism would be almost unheard of in many European countries but are common in America, especially with Republican crowds.

The invocation was given by a former U.S. Air Force chaplain while Christian singer Rachael Lampa sang her songs “When I Fall” and “Blessed” on a night dedicated to the theme of “service.”

In brief remarks broadcast from the White House, President George W. Bush said: “I am optimistic because I have faith in freedom’s power to lift up all of God’s children and lead this world to a future of peace.”

The party has a powerful conservative Christian base which is slowly warming to Arizona Senator John McCain who will accept its presidential nomination for the Nov. 4 election on Thursday night.

It has been energized by his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, a devout Christian who is strongly opposed to abortion rights. She will accept that nomination on Wednesday night.

So expect to a lot more displays of faith on the political stage in St. Paul.

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Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain’s running mate.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

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Levi, father of the unborn child is headed to the convention.

The plan of the Republican Party is to parade this young pregnant unmarried girl around the convention with the father and make them heroes bec they “chose” not to have an abortion.

They will in turn draw huge numbers of voters from the Evangelical Christians in support of this young girl. ..under the theme of love and forgive .,..and the antiabortion issue will take center stage over all over issues.

I watched two evangelical ministers on tv tonight say that in last election 40% of the Evangelicals did not vote and that now they must get out the vote…that this election is of God….and to not think about the party but to focus on “the issue” at hand !

The young girl will be mother ” Mary” before this over with. She is being used and exploited for political gain by the Republican Party.

She and her mother are heroes ! Think about it !!! That’s the plan !!!!!

But media say’s she’s off limits…really????

Tell the RNC.

Not getting my vote McShame and people will not support the choice of no choice…

hypocrits of any creed or religion are just that…hypocrits

a shame that the “intelligent” America can, and is, dominated by those who, in other parts of the world and under different (yet similar) auspices, are called EXTREMISTS!!!

Posted by raoul | Report as abusive

Certainly an ‘interesting’ story.

But who wrote the TITLE?

I suggest that, for the word “faith”, another term be used: “Zionist, Christo-fascist, anti-Islamic bigotry”.

But that would probably take up too much SPACE.

That would probably be somewhat more than ‘all the news that is fit to print’ for Reuters.

John McCain is in new hell. If he doesn’t remove Palin from the ticket he will have to spend rest of his campaign to defend Palin and her scandals in media instead of forwarding his own candidacy. On the other hand removing Palin from the ticket will raise serious questions about McCain’s Judgment.

Republican campaign is down the drain!!

Big Mac will win big,praise the lord!

Posted by Allen | Report as abusive

A-hahahaha!
OK, seriously, McCain: who is your VP candidate?

Posted by Dr. Dave | Report as abusive

Is anyone else sick of relgious views being forced into politics? I don’t know if the religious Repubs. have noticed, but not all Americans follow one religion. Those of us who do not follow the same religion as them or who don’t even follow one at all shouldn’t be forced into laws that are based on theirs. (And in case you are unsure I’m mostly speaking about abortion and gay marriage bans)

Posted by Nicki | Report as abusive

Let’s call this shameful show of hypocrisy by its real name. SHAME. Palin has failed as a mother, yet she wants to lead America. I sympathize with little Bristol who has been made an object of politics. This is the height of wickedness and selfishness; a young woman who ought to be in hiding caring for an unborn baby is being used for political gain by a selfish mother and a wayward parrty who thinks their political gains are far more important than the well being their children. What kind of a mother is this? More painful is Grandfather McCain’s inability to call a younger Palin to order. Is this what the GOP represents? A loss of core family values? McCain again has misjudged; we cannot afford a leader that misjudged over 95% of the time. It could be disastrous.

The so called Political Evangelicals should go and hide their face in shame for endorsing premarital sex on one hand and condemning abortion on the other hand. Where is the place of the Church as a model for good morals. They’ve all lost their bearing. It is a shame that things like this are happening in a 21st century America. America wake up! and salvage this great country from the hand of hypocrites who think they can fool you. In spite of the facts available to all of us, they said Bush is a hero for plunging the American economy to the very abyss. They will never tell you the truth for political gains. No America deserves better than this.

Posted by Emmanuel | Report as abusive

What was that thing about separation of church and state?

Posted by bob | Report as abusive

WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?? WHERE THE RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE THAT ONCE RENEGED ON THEIR LOYALTY TO INJUSTICE AND INEQUALITY TO DELCLARE FREEDOM FROM THE ENGLISH? WHERE ARE THE PATRIOTS? Just today, a report said that 1 million people have filed for bankrupcy this year alone!! We are experiencing the worst economic downturn since the great depression as just yesterday FDIC said 117 banks are on their list of going belly-up. I paid $40 for health insurance in 1999, today I am paying $400. TELL ME HOW WE ARE BETTER OFF?? YOU THINK MCCAIN CAN SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS? DOES HE REALLY KNOW IF THESE PROBLEM EVEN EXISTS?? WAKE UP AMERICA!!! IF YOU LOVE AMERICA, VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!

Posted by Guy From LA | Report as abusive

There is no faith on display, just a bunch of hypocrites. Thanking God for making America the greatest country in the world is anti-Bible that these fools so much refer to. No country should be greater than the other, because we are all children of God, none is greater in the creation.
The don’t like abortion, but they won’t feed or educate the ones who are already born, instead they will be used for war. President Bush said that McCain respects life. Whose life is he referring to. What about the life of poor Americans. What about the life of American-Indians, the Mexicans, the Haitians, the Iraqis, the Iranians, the Afghans, the millions of Africans that America use their resources everyday. To the Republicans, these people do not matter, and that is the wrong faith in God.

These Republicans are not Christians, they just pretend to be.

Posted by Theo | Report as abusive

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America is screwed.

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