Focus on the Family Attacks Obama in Misleading Iowa Mailer
Social issues and religion at center of campaign
October 31, 2012
|President Barack Obama address a campaign crowd at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.|
The mailer - paid for by CitizenLink, a political affiliate of Focus on the Family - also includes a striking admission from the president.
"Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation," Obama is quoted as saying.The mailer does not explicitly endorse Romney, but the quote is clearly aimed at arousing the suspicions of Iowa's vibrant Christian conservative community, a key voting bloc in the state and one that the Republican nominee will need behind him next Tuesday.
The quote, though, is cherry-picked from a speech Obama delivered in 2006, more than two years before he became president, at the Call to Renewal conference in Washington.
Here's the full quote:"Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation - at least not just," Obama said. "We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation and a Buddhist nation and a Hindu nation and a nation of non-believers.
In the same speech, Obama said, "Americans are a religious people," noting that "90 percent of us believe in God" and a large majority of Americans are "committed Christians.""I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the role of faith in people's lives, in the lives of the American people," Obama said. "I think it's time we joined a debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern pluralistic society."