CBN’s David Brody writes that just as Barack Obama has been courting evangelical voters with a speech on faith today, his campaign has been handing out pro-gay rights flyers at a gay pride festival in St. Louis.
Brody writes, “Obama has passed the first hurdle by engaging people of faith and being willing to discuss his faith openly. He has passed with flying colors. But now comes the hard part. It’s called scrutiny. His political opponents believe that once Evangelicals really get a handle on what Obama is all about policy wise, then they’ll be turned off and they won’t buy in to the lofty rhetoric.
Handing out pro-gay rights flyers while at the same time talking about your “Christian faith” is a MAJOR disconnect for not only conservative Evangelicals but for some of those Independent voting, moderate leaning working class folks in the rust belt. It doesn’t play well.”
He adds, “Let’s face it. Talking about fighting genocide in Darfur, poverty in America, global warming and promoting faith based groups are all well and good but will it be enough to make a dent in the Evangelical vote when his full record is exposed? Evangelicals will need ALL the information out there to make an informed decision.”
Yet Obama is hardly hiding his position on gay rights. His campaign has been out in force at Pride festivals across the country, and the candidate has been upfront about mentioning gays in his speeches and before some audiences of African-American ministers. Brody may be right about certain conservative evangelicals and working class voters, but the idea that a candidate can’t talk about his Christian faith while at the same time supporting gay rights strikes me not as a “disconnect” but a narrow way of looking at the electorate that has confounded Democratic candidates in the past few cycles.