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Businessman Herman Cain, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, has criticized Barack Obama for disregarding America’s Christian heritage, stating he believes the president’s repeated omission of the phrase “endowed by their Creator” is “intentional.”
“I have been able to get the pulse of the American people of not only what’s in their head but what’s in their heart,” Cain told CBN News Correspondent David Brody in an interview. “What’s in their heart is they love this country. They love the values upon which this country was founded, and they don’t like it when the president omits ‘endowed by their Creator’ from reciting the Declaration of Independence.”
Brody asked Cain, “Do you believe that was intentional by the president?”
“I believe it was intentional because he did it three times, two of which I know about, and a friend of mine actually knows of a third one,” Cain answered. “With all of his teleprompters, how could you not put that in there? No. I believe it was intentional.”
Cain, a radio talk host, WND columnist and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, is one of only a few GOP potential candidates to announce formation of an exploratory committee to seek possible nomination for president in 2012.
In his criticism of the sitting president, Cain recalled Obama stating, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation,” a phrase Obama used repeatedly, both before and after his election.
“Here’s another example: When [Obama] first became president and he went to Turkey to give a speech and declared that we were not a Christian nation,” Cain told Brody. “Well I got news for the president. We are a Judeo-Christian nation, and a lot of people want to keep it that way.”
U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes of Virginia, one of 42 bipartisan members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, explained the importance of the distinction:
“These omissions and inaccuracies are a part of a larger pattern we are seeing with the president where he is inaccurately reflecting America and undercutting important parts of our nation’s history,” said Forbes. “Trust in God is embedded in the fabric of society and history in the United States.
“If we allow these threads to be pulled, we will begin to unravel the very freedoms that birthed America,” he said.
Forbes added, “President Reagan once warned that ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’”
“People are basically rejecting that sort of attack on our culture,” Cain said, “because most of the people I talk to, the majority of the people – not the mainstream media – they do not want God to be taken out of our culture.”
When WND’s correspondent at the White House, Les Kinsolving, last year raised the question about Obama’s omission of “their Creator” in his speeches, then-Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I haven’t seen the comments, Lester, but I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”
The Declaration states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Original wording from Declaration of Independence
One of the incidents is on tape, with the reference appearing shortly past the 22-minute mark:
Other speeches, with the reference missing, followed.