Anti-Obama mailer: 'We are no longer a Christian nation'
A Colorado-based socially conservative organization is sending out mailers to Iowa residents quoting a 2006 keynote address made by Barack Obama to a “Call to Renewal” conference. The fliers state, “We are no longer a Christian nation.”
The organization, Focus on the Family, founded by evangelical author and radio host James Dobson, compares Romney and Obama on issues like gay marriage, religion, abortion, and insurance coverage for contraception.
The pamphlet, paid for by the advocacy group Citizen Link, does not claim to support Mitt Romney, but it is aimed at the strongly Christian residents of Iowa, a state that some consider a must-win for Mitt Romney in the coming election.
However, the pamphlet quotes only a part of Obama’s speech.
In 2008, this out-of-context sentence was circulated by organizations as proof of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s attempt to curb religious freedom in America. It was immediately debunked by FactCheck.org.
What Obama said, in context, was:
“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.”
Obama stumbled a bit in the actual execution of his words. Below are his prepared remarks.
Obama, June 28, 2006 (prepared remarks): Given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.