Obama Reaches Out to Young Evangelicals

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The Obama campaign is making a play for young Christian voters. They're trying to rock the vote by reaching out to the new generation of evangelicals and Catholics.

The presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee is launching the "Joshua Generation Project."

For more on the push to reach evangelicals, click play to watch CBN News' David Brody.

"There's unprecedented energy and excitement for Obama among young evangelicals and Catholics," a source close to the campaign told CBN News. "The Joshua Generation project will tap into that excitement and provide young people of faith opportunities to stand up for their values and move the campaign forward."

"Joshua's Generation Project" will kickoff in about two weeks. It will include fun activities geared toward young voters such as house parties, concerts and opportunities to express their faith though blogs.

The name of the project comes from the biblical story of Joshua, who was called by God to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

In March 2007, at the Selma Voting Rights March, Obama referred to the well-known story as he contemplated running for President.

Obama received some advice from a spiritual leader encouraging him to put his hat in the race.

"If there's some folks out there who are questioning whether or not you should run, just tell them to look at the story of Joshua because you're part of the Joshua generation," Obama said during the speech.

Democrats and Faith

Obama has been very open talking about his faith as he tries to squelch rumors that he is Muslim.

"I just want to be very clear and this is obviously in no way an insult to the Muslim community who I respect deeply but I want people to know who I am. I am a Christian," he told CBN News. " I have never practiced Islam and I think it's important for people not to buy into these sort of fear tactics that people also often use during political games."

He has maintained that Democrats need to be more open when talking about their faith.

"Evangelicals have come to believe often times that Democrats are anti-faith," Obama said earlier this year. "Part of my job in this campaign, something that I started doing well before this campaign, was to make sure I was showing up and reaching out and sharing my faith experience with people who share that faith. Hopefully we can build some bridges that can allow us to move the country forward."

Obama's Chances with Evangelicals

In a recent interview with Beliefnet.com, Mark DeMoss of Spirited Public Relations believes that Obama could get some 40 percent of the Evangelical vote in November."

"There's a reaction among some evangelicals to swing out to the left in an effort to prove that evangelicals are really not that right wing," DeMoss said. "There's some concern that maybe Republicans haven't done that well. And there's this fascination with Barack Obama. So I will not be surprised if he gets one third of the evangelical vote."

Be sure to check back with CBNNews.com and The Brody File for a more in depth look at the "Joshua Generation Project" when the platform is officially launched.

Source: Christianity Today

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