As Obama addressed the packed Time Warner Cable arena, he spoke mainly of economical and educational concerns, such as the creation of jobs and the ability for one to attain a college degree. However, there were times that he would also insert thoughts about moral issues.
At one point, Obama slipped in a comment regarding his view that some blame homosexuality for the current condition of our nation.
“We don’t think government can solve all our problems,” Obama stated. “But, we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems – any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
He again spoke of homosexuality when he boasted of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which he credited the people with doing, declaring, “You did that!”
“You’re the reason … why selfless soldiers won’t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love,” Obama proclaimed.
However, when he spoke about homosexuality for the third time, coupling it with abortion in the same phrase, he received one of the loudest cheers and standing ovations of the evening.
“If you turn away now – if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible , well, change will not happen,” he stated. “If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void … [such as] Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry, or control health care choices that women should make for themselves.”
Cameras especially captured an elderly woman who rose to her feet to support Obama’s statement. She repeatedly punched her fist into the air to show her approval of homosexuality and abortion.
In between these mentions, Obama inserted references to faith and the Bible.
“As Americans, we believe we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights – rights that no man or government can take away,” he remarked. “From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings – men and women, Christians and Muslims and Jews.”
Near the end of his speech, Obama told stories of struggling Americans who have found monetary or educational success, and then added, “I don’t know what party these men and women belong to. I don’t know if they’ll vote for me. But I know that their spirit defines us. They remind me, in the words of Scripture, that ours is a ‘future filled with hope.'”
“And if you share that faith with me – if you share that hope with me – I ask you tonight for your vote,” he added.
Obama concluded by again referencing God, insinuating that the Lord was supportive of the direction of the nation.
“We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth,” he stated.
“Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless these United States,” were Obama’s parting words, which were met with cheers and applause.
A number of women captured on camera began welling up throughout the speech, and by the conclusion, they had tears running down their face.
Meanwhile, outside of the arena, a number of Christians who did not want Obama or the Democratic party to forget the 4,000 preborn children murdered every day by abortion stood pleading with the people to turn from the shedding of innocent blood. They held signs demonstrating the reality of abortion, talked with attendees and delegates, and distributed tracts to the thousands that were entering the arena to listen to the speech.
As previously reported, many evangelistic groups and other Christians from across the country descended upon the Democratic National Convention throughout the week to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A number of celebrities and political figures were able to hear the Gospel, including Jesse Jackson, CNN talk show host Anderson Cooper and actor Wayne Knight of Seinfeld.