Jewish Journal

Obama and Bush’s evangelicals *

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 1, 2008 | 12:04 pm

It’s the same story, over and over again, now from The New York Times, and with this interesting tidbit:

Between now and November, the Obama forces are planning as many as 1,000 house parties and dozens of Christian rock concerts, gatherings of religious leaders, campus visits and telephone conference calls to bring together voters of all ages motivated by their faith to engage in politics. It is the most intensive effort yet by a Democratic candidate to reach out to self-identified evangelical or born-again Christians and to try to pry them away from their historical attachment to the Republican Party.

Yes, Obama has been a campaign rockstar. But can he be a Christian rockstar?

*Updated: Obama just delivered a speech in Zanesville, Ohio, in which he touted the value of faith-based programs:

The fact is, the challenges we face today – from saving our planet to ending poverty – are simply too big for government to solve alone. We need all hands on deck.

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