On The War Room with Quinn & Rose, co-host Rose Tennent twice stated that "I don't think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama." Tennent and co-host Jim Quinn also referenced comments Obama made on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to again falsely suggest that Obama is not a Christian.
During the October 6 broadcast of The War Room with Quinn & Rose, co-host Rose Tennent twice stated that "I don't think you can be a Christian and vote for [Sen.] Barack Obama." Tennent later said: "I don't care what kind of Christian he is -- I'm talking about Christians, voters. If you can't take a look his record, his track record, and listen to the words he's saying, and, and you can still vote for him. -- I'm curious, I'm just very curious. I don't understand it."
During the program, Tennent and co-host Jim Quinn also referenced comments Obama made on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos to again falsely suggest that Obama is not a Christian. Tennent stated, "[W]hen he's not being reminded that he's a Christian, he's saying he's a Muslim, but that's OK." Quinn responded: "Yeah, oh yeah, 'my Muslim faith.' "
On the September 7 edition of This Week, Obama discussed, in host George Stephanopoulos' words, Republicans who have "suggested" he had "Muslim connections "and claimed that such suggestions are "promulgated on Fox News, let's say, and Republican commentators, who are closely allied" with Sen. John McCain's campaign. After Stephanopoulos asserted that McCain "said that's wrong" to question Obama's faith, Obama replied: "[Y]ou're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith." Stephanopoulos interjected, "Your Christian faith," to which Obama replied: "My Christian faith. Well, what I'm saying is he hasn't suggested that I'm a Muslim. And I think that his campaign, upper echelons have not either. What I think is fair to say is that coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I'm not who I say I am when it comes to my faith, something which I find deeply offensive. And that has been going on for a pretty long time."
As Media Matters for America has documented, both Quinn and Tennent, along with numerous other conservative radio hosts, seized on Obama's comment in order to suggest that the comments prove Obama is really a Muslim, not a Christian.
From the October 6 edition of Clear Channel's The War Room with Quinn & Rose:
TENNENT: You know, the other thing I don't understand is, like when we were talking earlier about where these contributions are coming from, why isn't the federal government looking into this? Why is this guy getting a free pass on everything? I can't even look at him anymore. I mean, it's on my screen right now. I gotta -- I can't take it. Now, I'm gonna tell you something else, too. A couple of times now, I've run into people who are voting -- who are Christians, and they're voting for Barack Obama. I'm going to say this. I don't think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama. OK?
QUINN: Well, Barack Obama --
TENNENT: I'm just saying. Now, I'm going to get emails from people --
QUINN: You know -- oh, I don't know --
TENNENT: I don't give a rip what you said to me in the email. OK? I'm not even going to answer your email. I don't think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama.
QUINN: Yeah, I'm sorry if the truth is politically incorrect. But Obama claims he's a Christian. Muammar Qaddafi --
TENNENT: But you know what? He's being remind -- when he's not being reminded that he's a Christian, he's saying he's a Muslim, but that's OK --
QUINN: Yeah, oh yeah, "my Muslim faith." Uh --
TENNENT: You mean "your Christian" --
QUINN: Right, right, yeah. I mean, here's a guy who was in Quranic studies class in a -- in a -- in an Islamic school. Here's a guy whose -- who Muammar Qaddafi says is a Muslim. The mullahs in Iran think he's a Muslim. So he must be part of the vast right-wing conspiracy, I suppose.
TENNENT: And abortion alone. And, you know, and that child protection act. All of that -- I mean, that is dirty, that is evil. I'm sorry, it is evil.
QUINN: Well, and the other thing, too, is that Christianity that he --
TENNENT: Well, I'm not even here to --
QUINN: -- adheres to --
TENNENT: -- judge his religion.
QUINN: -- is black -- well, I am. It's Black Liberation Theology that's a conveyor belt for Marxism. It's not Christianity, it's Christianity turned into politics.
QUINN: So don't give me this thing about how much of a Christian you are.
TENNENT: I don't care what kind of Christian he is -- I'm talking about Christians, voters. If you can't take a look his record, his track record, and listen to the words he's saying, and, and you can still vote for him. -- I'm curious, I'm just very curious. I don't understand it.
QUINN: Well, I do. It's, it's the culture of narcissism. These people want reality to be what pleases them. And they will convert anything around them, including their own morality and the morality of their church to suit what it is they want. Because what they want is everything. I want, I want, I want.