Obama's New Faith Adviser

UMC seminary prof believes young evangelicals could sway election.

In the same week Focus on the Family's James Dobson made some pointed comments about Barack Obama's "confused theology" in his 2006 "Call to Renewal" speech, the senator's campaign took another step in its deliberate outreach to evangelical voters by hiring Shaun Casey.

An ethics professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., Casey will next month become Obama's official "senior adviser for religious affairs." Similar to his informal role in John Kerry's 2004 campaign, much of Casey's time will be spent communicating Obama's personal story and policy positions to leaders of the evangelical world. (Casey was also the lucky one to go to bat for Obama on Good Morning America following Jeremiah Wright's own pointed comments.)

Casey was one of four figures to speak on religion in public affairs at this weekend's Christian Scholars Conference, held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, a school affiliated with the Church of Christ denomination (not the UCC) and with the Council ...

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