Barack Obama Faith Tour Flops With Pro-Life Voters in Jerry Falwell’s Backyard

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Faith Tour Flops With Pro-Life Voters in Jerry Falwell’s Backyard

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 22
, 2008

Lynchburg, VA ( — For the new Barack Obama "faith tour" to have any success, it needs to be able to draw young and evangelical voters. Yet, at its first stop in the Virginia back yard of well-known pastor Jerry Falwell, just 15 people showed up for the event.

The Obama campaign has signed up evangelical author Donald Miller, Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec and former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer, for the "Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour."

The trio made a stop at Liberty University, which is home to over 10,000 evangelical students from across the county and a conservative bastion in a state Obama is targeting heavily in this election.

Yet, his "faith tour" failed to resonate with people there.

Billy Valentine, director of Catholics for McCain, a grassroots organization of young Catholics not affiliated with the McCain campaign, told he’s not surprised the event flopped.

"Young Evangelicals and Catholics alike can’t be deceived by Obama’s empty rhetoric, and instead realize that an Obama administration would laugh in the face of the human rights issues they passionately fight for, such as the right to life," he said.

"The Obama ‘faith event’ might have been a bigger draw if they had advertised it as a circus show … or perhaps a desperately hilarious comedy show," he said.

Valentine says that’s because Obama’s pro-abortions views — "for infanticide, partial-birth abortion, and taxpayer-funded abortions" — will never capture the support of evangelical and Catholics voters.

"Young Evangelicals and Catholics are savvy enough to do their homework on Obama and realize the consequences of him in the White House," Valentine said. "Obama has said the first thing he’d do as president is sign the ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ which would invalidate all the pro-life laws that we have fought so hard for."

"John McCain, on the other hand, has a stellar 24-year record on right to life issues that young Christians can be proud of," Valentine told

"Most importantly, he is committed to nominating pro-life justices to the Supreme Court with the guidance of pro-life champion, Senator Sam Brownback," he said.

The Obama faith tour is beginning this week and is similar to the evangelical outreach Obama attempted in Iowa an South Carolina during the Democratic primaries.

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