Obama’s Big Cross Kentucky Flier

By MichaelJames

May 18, 2008 11:58am

Some voters in Kentucky, where Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is expected to romp on Tuesday, have received a flier from the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., where the lanky Illinoisan is emphasizing his Christianity. (Update: The Obama campaign says this flier is not new, though it’s the first I’ve seen of it. I’m told it’s being distributed on a limited basis to faith groups.)

On the front of the flier is a photograph of Obama speaking from a pulpit with a large cross hanging on the wall behind him.

"Faith. Hope. Change. Barack Obama for President. ‘My faith teaches me that I can sit in church and pray all I want, but I won’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I go out and do the Lord’s work’. – Barack Obama"

Inside, it also mentions that as a "community organizer in neighborhoods devastated by the closing of local steel mills" the senator "forged a profound connection with the people of these communities. At their encouragement, he visited a local church one Sunday. That day, Obama felt a beckoning of the spirit and accepted Jesus Christ into his life."

Over at CBN, our friend David Brody writes: "I know the conservative policy purists will say that Obama is liberal and therefore Evangelicals won’t buy his ‘Evangelical speak’. Not so fast. Remember, many people vote based on an emotional connection to a candidate or if they can relate to that person. Obama may need to work on this perception that he is ‘elite’ but when he talks about Jesus and the Bible and the fact that he’s a sinner, it makes him more real and in the process, more electable too."

The mainstream media’s reaction has been quite different from the reaction when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, invoked Christ in a TV ad.

Of course, the context is different. One senses that half the battle Obama is waging here is to let voters know he’s not Muslim.

But still, why the different reaction?

- jpt

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