May 5, 2006


Blackwell speech links God, politics (Joe Guillen, 5/05/06, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Ohio's GOP gubernatorial candidate continued Thursday to play to the religious base that helped him win the party's nomination Tuesday. He showed no signs yet that he is willing to forgo them to appeal to a more moderate base. [..]

[Ken Blackwell, t]he Ohio secretary of state began his speech in Westlake with an anecdote about the connection between man and God, then quickly progressed toward politics, offering his interpretation of religious freedom and later declaring, "the first obligation of government is to protect innocent life."

The speech was peppered almost equally with references to the Bible and historic American politicians, like Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

"We have a godly heritage in this country," Blackwell said. [...]

"Those who want to run away from the roots of our judicial and civic legal system and pretend as if there's no connection between the 10 Commandments and our legal system are only fooling themselves," he said Thursday.

Some in the audience of about 200 responded with shouts of "Amen" and "Praise be to God."

Afterward, Blackwell said it was a fitting way to spend the National Day of Prayer. The last time he was in Cleveland, he spoke about job creation and the economy, he said.

Susannah Smalley, 23, of Avon, expected Blackwell, being in a church, to talk more about religion. "I like his stance for pro life," she said.

Lakewood resident Richard Ward, 37, supported Petro in the primary but wanted to learn more about Blackwell. "If he talks about his faith, it tells you what kind of man he is," Ward said, admiring Blackwell's embrace of religion.

Of course, opposing the Bible and Lincoln and Franklin presents a false dichotomy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 5, 2006 12:00 AM

Rice/Blackwell '08 -- black is beautiful!

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 5, 2006 10:00 AM

The Plain Dealer is red hot to destroy Blackwell. This type of article is aimed at the secular liberals that already hate Ken. I kinda doubt if people in general are really offended about talking about God on a National Day of Prayer.

Posted by: Bob at May 5, 2006 11:15 AM

"If he talks about his faith, it tells you what kind of man he is," Ward said, admiring Blackwell's embrace of religion.

Bill Clinton talked about his faith, so did Jimmy Carter. What did it tell us about them?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at May 5, 2006 2:30 PM


That they liked to talk about themselves.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 5, 2006 2:48 PM

It told us that they knew how to get elected in America.

Posted by: b at May 5, 2006 2:59 PM