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Without tickets, they relied on faith (Catholics to attend Obama Convention) ^ | 08.29.08 | HEATHER APPEL

Posted on 09/05/2008 8:53:50 PM PDT by Coleus

DENVER – When Valerie Wilson saw Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on TV delivering the keynote address four years ago at the Democratic National Convention, she knew he was someone to follow.  And follow him she did. Over the last four years she has avidly watched his media appearances and she has been following his campaign closely, sharing information on Obama with friends and relatives and registering everyone she knows to vote as the election approaches.

On Wednesday, Wilson, 59, a Paterson native, and her daughter, Aisha Wilson, 31, arrived in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Their aim was to be present in the audience when Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.  The trouble was, they didn't have tickets to the speech, which would be delivered in Denver's biggest venue, Invesco Field, home of the NFL's Broncos. But they made the trip to Denver anyway.

"Ever since Fannie Lou Hamer stood at the Atlantic City convention and said she was sick and tired of being sick and tired, I always wanted to come to a convention," said Valerie Wilson, who works as a medical technician at Quest Diagnostics. "I started to feel that I'm getting older, and these are historic times." It's the second trip she and her daughter have taken this year to mark a historic moment. In April, they went to Memphis, Tenn., to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his assassination. Even though she had no tickets for the convention, Wilson started making reservations for Denver months ago.

"I booked things I could cancel, like the hotel and car," she said. Then she finally booked her flight. Her daughter, also a huge fan of Obama, thought it was worth it just to be in the same state while he was speaking.  "I said, 'Ma, we have to go, even if we don't get into the Convention Center," said Aisha Wilson, who lives in Garfield and is an adjunct English professor at Essex County College in Newark.  Tickets to fill the 76,000 seats at Invesco Field were distributed by lottery, but there were many pilgrims like the Wilsons who made the trip in hopes of scoring a last-minute ticket.

The Wilsons, active members of the Our Lady of Victories parish in Paterson, told their pastor of their quest. Monsignor Thomas J. Coletta couldn't believe they were going to Denver and didn't have tickets to the convention, Aisha Wilson said. He suggested they e-mail Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson. Pascrell's staff initially said they didn't have any extra tickets, so Valerie Wilson signed up to be a convention volunteer and decided to go anyway. Pascrell told them to call when they arrived in Denver, and he would see what he could do.

On Wednesday, when they landed in Denver, they got the good news. Pascrell had arranged for them to be admitted to Thursday night's event. "I was overwhelmed, and I tried not to cry, because it was like everything we hoped for was happening," said Aisha Wilson. Her mother said she had been crying on and off since she arrived. "I'm glad it happened, because this shows my daughter my determination," Valerie Wilson said. Aisha Wilson said a lot of her friends were dreaming of attending the big speech, but they didn't think it was possible. When she kept making plans, they thought she was crazy.

"Our friends told us we were fools for going out there without a ticket," Wilson said. "Now they're wishing they came out too." Obama made headlines a few weeks back when he announced he would make his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High, the football stadium where the Denver Broncos play, instead of the smaller arena where the earlier convention events were held.  It was a move inspired by John F. Kennedy, who addressed more than 80,000 supporters in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1960 when he accepted the Democratic nomination.

As they prepared to board the shuttle to the stadium, Aisha Wilson said she was thinking about her 81-year-old grandmother, who was stunned when she heard that she and her mother would be able to witness the speech in person. "Not only can I vote as an African-American woman," Aisha Wilson said, "I can see an African-American run for president of the United States."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; catholicvote; obama; paterson; religiousleft
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so the monsignor recommends they contact the local Catholic, K of C, pro-abortion congressman to get tickets to hear the acceptance speech of the most pro-abortion politician in US History.  Let him know how you feel   (973) 279-0487

1 posted on 09/05/2008 8:53:50 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


2 posted on 09/05/2008 8:55:27 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: Coleus

Speaks volumes.

3 posted on 09/05/2008 8:58:21 PM PDT by doc1019 (Palin '12)
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To: Coleus

Gag me.

4 posted on 09/05/2008 9:03:43 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Coleus
I have news for you, Brain-Dead Aisha.

Martin Luther King would be appalled at the Golden Calf you worship.

5 posted on 09/05/2008 9:04:49 PM PDT by kromike
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To: kromike


6 posted on 09/05/2008 9:06:53 PM PDT by doc1019 (Palin '12)
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To: doc1019

Obama appeals to people who feel slighted, ignored or left out. They don’t understand what the cost is of following him.


1) Youth corps (aka, brownshirts)
2) Community organizers (aka, brownshirts)
3) Propaganda and destruction of differing opinions
4) Capitalism is replaced by Marxism (except the wealthy who get to play in the party - just like Spears, Krup, etc)

Wait until deserters are beaten, thrown in jail, and worse.

7 posted on 09/05/2008 9:07:36 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Coleus

Any Catholic who votes for Obama should be immediately and irrevocably EXCOMMUNICATED.

8 posted on 09/05/2008 9:11:35 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: kromike

How the hell did Aisha show up here of all places?

10 posted on 09/05/2008 9:16:29 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Coleus

So what if there were 80-90 thousand people at the Obama acceptance speech. There were 37 million people who watched Sarah Palin’s VP nomination accptance on TV which was more than 50% more people than the 24 million who watched Obama’s pretentious speech at Invesco Field in Denver.

11 posted on 09/05/2008 9:22:41 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: Coleus
The Wilsons, active members of the Our Lady of Victories parish in Paterson, told their pastor of their quest.

LOL! If I'd said that to my Priest, he would've smacked me up aside the head, or locked me in a room while he tried to get an Exorcist over ASAP.

12 posted on 09/05/2008 9:35:41 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

How can a Catholic Support Obama?

He believes in killing babies.

13 posted on 09/05/2008 9:41:04 PM PDT by dila813
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To: dila813

Unfortunately, this woman is so enamored of the fact that Obama is black, she doesn’t seem to be paying attention to this positions.

14 posted on 09/05/2008 10:29:23 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Coleus

Stunning revelation.

The Wilsons are only CINOs not real Catholics.

15 posted on 09/05/2008 10:36:30 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus; antonius

16 posted on 09/05/2008 10:37:05 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Here is the stand of the Catholic Church for those who support abortion, either by obtaining one or for voting for someone who supports abortions. Yes, you will see the word "excommunicated."

enter the Table of Contents of the Catechism of the Catholic Church here

1: CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2271  (618 bytes )  preview document matches
1 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,

2: CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2272  (580 bytes )  preview document matches
2 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A

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2 From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a "criminal" practice (GS 27 § 3),

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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent

17 posted on 09/05/2008 10:39:08 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: dila813
Catholics do not support Obama or abortion.

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Pelosi: "Many Catholics do not ascribe to that view”
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Don't Blame the Bishops (Pelosi slap down)
Joe Biden [on Abortion]

Two more bishops censure Nancy Pelosi
Biden On his pro-abortion stance: "My Views are Totally Consistent with Catholic Social Doctrine..."
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McCain Himself Accuses Obama of Courting Infanticide
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[Dems] Losing faith voters
Biden: "My views are totally consistent with Catholic social doctrine..." (Ignorance Alert!)
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Pope Pelosi At the Gate
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[OPEN] Catholic Bishops and Democratic Theologians
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Pope Pelosi at the Gate - Life with the Speaker.
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Nancy Pelosi Patristic Scholar (great graphic!)
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Archbishop scolds pro-choice Biden (says Mr. Biden should avoid taking Communion)
Pope Pelosi At the Gate
Pelosi’s feud with archbishop escalates
Archbishop: Democrats don't know Christianity
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[OPEN]Bishops say Pelosi misrepresented abortion teaching in TV interview
The Arrogance of Nancy Pelosi ( Rush Limbaugh )
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Pelosi's spokesman responds with more gobbledygook, quotes Augustine again
The issue that won't go away [Abortion and Politicians]
American prelates rebuke 'pro-choice' Catholics
[OPEN] Pelosi a 'religious heretic,' says former GOP Rep.
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Bishops Respond to House Speaker Pelosi's Misrepresentation of Church Teaching Against Abortion
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Bishops: Democratic VP Nominee Should Refrain from Communion
Cardinal Egan Blasts Pelosi (in brilliantly scathing response) [Open]
Archbishop scolds pro-choice Biden

Denver Archbishop scolds pro-choice Biden
Bishops say Pelosi misrepresented abortion teaching in TV interview
Washington Archbishop rips Pelosi
Washington archbishop rips Pelosi on abortion
Washington archbishop rips Pelosi on abortion
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Archbishop Wuerl on the Church’s Constant Teaching on Abortion
Washington archbishop rips Pelosi on abortion
Bishops Correct Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 'On the Separation of Sense and State'
Pelosi lies about Catholicism and abortion

Catholic Bishop: Pro-Abortion VP Candidate Joe Biden Should Skip Communion
When Does Human Life Begin? Obama's Pro-Abortion Answer Hill Downfall
Bishops Correct Speaker Nancy Pelosi: On the Separation of Sense and State
Denver archbishop slams Pelosi on Church teachings and abortion
Pelosi, Abortion & St. Augustine - UPDATED
Catholic leaders react to Biden pick; Bishops say he should refrain from Communion
Obama Supporter On FNC: Jesus Would Be O.K. With Abortion
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"Catholic" Speaker Pelosi Denies that Catholicism Condemns Abortion
Catholics Against Joe Biden (Link to site) [Open]

Choice of Biden Re-Opens Catholic Wound; Own Bishop Outspoken on Obligation to Protect Life
"Prudent And Nuanced View”( LA Times wants Archbishop Burke to shut up about abortion)
“Help me out here, Madam Speaker” ( “I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins” )
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Nancy Pelosi on when life begins (Smarter than Obama?
Obama, Biden, Foreign Policy and the Catholic Vote
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McCain attacks Obama on pro-abortion stance
Barack Obama's Sole Article in Harvard Law Review Promotes Abortion
Why Obama Really Voted For Infanticide
Obama's Born-Alive Problem
William A. Donohue: Catholic Left Hangs Itself (5/22/08) [Abortion]
"Until they have reformed their lives" ( No Holy Communion for pro-abortion Catholics!)
African American Pro-Life Leader Tells Barack Obama: No We Can't OK Abortion
They'd be angry at Obama if he was caught saying the N-word. Supporting Infanticide—Not so much.

In 2002, Barack Obama Supported Infanticide and I've Got the Transcript of His Words
Explosive Audio Found - Obama arguing against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act - Audio
Transcript of Obama's verbal opposition to Born Alive on the IL Senate floor
Explosive Audio Found Obama arguing against BAIPA
Audio Found Obama arguing against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act
Abortion foes using racism to make point at DNC [Randall Terry / Operation Rescue]
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EXTRA: Archbishop Burke on Catholics who Support Abortion
Senator Barack Obama Wants You to Pay for Abortions

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John McCain Will Not Pick Pro-Abortion Running Mate, Rules Out Tom Ridge
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CNN Again Omits Part of the Story Concerning Obama’s Abortion Votes
Obama Flunks Rick Warren's Abortion Question
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Barack Obama - Abortion Extremist
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Niece of Martin Luther King Jr. to Lead Prayer Vigil Outside Largest U.S. Abortion Centre
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Barack Obama Says Pro-Life Group Lying About His Pro-Infanticide Votes
Obama's infanticide problem>
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Obama's 10 reasons for supporting infanticide
Mommy Won't Help Dems on Abortion
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Obama More Than An Abortion Radical
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Knighting the Catholic Vote (K of C urging Catholics to vote pro-life)
Linda Chavez: Obama’s Catholic problem
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Barack Obama Supports the Murder of Newborn Infants

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More Catholics leaning towards Democrats, poll reports (really not Catholics)
The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)
Obama's Abortion Bombshell: Unrestricted Abortion....

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Editorial: Disagreeing with Doug Kmiec One More Time
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Catholics Debate Obama Vote

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The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)
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How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question
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18 posted on 09/05/2008 10:41:39 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus

Instead of suggesting sending an e-mail, Coletta should have bought both of them a copy of the Catechism and taken the opportunity to help them properly form a conscience.

19 posted on 09/06/2008 6:26:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Salvation

that’s some list, keep up the good work.

20 posted on 09/19/2008 10:36:47 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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