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The Pastor Who Has Obama's Attention
Washington Post ^ | 10/13/2009 | Jacqueline L. Salmon

Posted on 10/13/2009 8:56:08 PM PDT by Saije

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is long gone; Rick Warren, just an Inauguration Day memory. The hordes of ministers around town who were hoping they'd somehow wind up with the first family in their pews have (mostly) given up.

The president has been pastorless for quite a while now. Well, sort of.

Seventy miles from Washington's prying eyes, Barack Obama has been attending church from time to time at Camp David, where services are led by a 39-year-old Navy chaplain with a famous last name, a compelling life story and a fervent belief in a God who works miracles.

Carey Cash, the great-nephew of singer Johnny Cash and the younger brother of a former Miss America, sees the hand of God in every part of his journey: from the football fields where he once aspired to the NFL to the medical facilities where he learned he'd never play again; from the battered Humvee where he came under fire on the streets of Baghdad to the tiny chapel where he preaches to the country's commander in chief in the Western Maryland mountains.

Although Cash was assigned to Camp David by the Navy, the president really likes the guy. Cash, Obama told religion reporters this summer, "delivers as powerful a sermon as I've heard in a while. I really think he's excellent."

But don't make the mistake of referring to the imposing 6-foot-4 Southern Baptist chaplain as the president's pastor. The White House has said that's not the case.

None of the president's advisers have forgotten the firestorm that engulfed Obama during the campaign when inflammatory sermons by Wright, Obama's longtime spiritual mentor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, were made public.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: campdavid; careycash; cash; chaplain; evergreenchapel; iraq; marines; mrff; navy; obama; obamaandgod; pastor
Sounds like an interesting guy (the chaplain I mean).
1 posted on 10/13/2009 8:56:08 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

‘Problem is, he facilitates one who would destroy America. Otherwise, a supposedly good pastor.


2 posted on 10/13/2009 9:00:37 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Saije
But don't make the mistake of referring to the imposing 6-foot-4 Southern Baptist chaplain as the president's pastor.

Of course not...Obama would never place himself under the authority of a Christian (fascists, socialists, communists, Saudi kings, etc., are okay).

3 posted on 10/13/2009 9:03:03 PM PDT by scott7278 (Obama, Klaatu barada nikto!)
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To: onedoug

“Problem is, he facilitates one who would destroy America.”

Not much point in preaching to the converted. But really I don’t see how the chaplain is “facilitating” anything. He’s answerable only for his own words and actions, not what those who listen or don’t listen choose to do.


4 posted on 10/13/2009 9:04:28 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

“He’s answerable only for his own words and actions, not what those who listen or don’t listen choose to do.”

Exactly.


5 posted on 10/13/2009 9:06:59 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: Saije
LT. Carey H. Cash


6 posted on 10/13/2009 9:06:59 PM PDT by BBell
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To: onedoug

He only facilitates Obama if he agrees with his anti-Christian policies. If Rev. Cash is a true man of God, he will let the Holy Spirit do the talking, and he will do the praying for someone who needs a relationship with our Savior as much as the rest of us do. It’s up to Obama and his Maker what to do with what he hears.


7 posted on 10/13/2009 9:12:07 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Saije

This surprises me. I’ve known several chaplains and they were all captains or majors. Isn’t lieutenant kind of low on the food chain, as well as young? What do you have to do to qualify to be a chaplain?


8 posted on 10/13/2009 9:12:16 PM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: onedoug
"‘Problem is, he facilitates one who would destroy America. Otherwise, a supposedly good pastor."

That depends on what he is preaching. Without hearing his sermons, I doubt you can lay Obama's actions at the foot of the preacher.

9 posted on 10/13/2009 9:14:59 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: skr

“He only facilitates Obama if he agrees with his anti-Christian policies. If Rev. Cash is a true man of God, he will let the Holy Spirit do the talking, and he will do the praying for someone who needs a relationship with our Savior”

It is encouraging to learn that someone like this has been placed in the path of Obama. Perhaps amazing grace will happen. We all should pray fervently that it does.

It is definitely encouraging to learn that Obama is actually in attendance, regardless of what his motivation may be. We can leave it in God’s hands, but praying for grace to descend, and enlightenment to occur, is something that all of us can do.

No task is too big (or ego too large) for Him.


10 posted on 10/13/2009 9:25:37 PM PDT by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: Saije

Interesting. Prayers for this Southern Baptist preacher that he can reach Obortion Obama and influence the WhiteHouse resident’s faith in a positive way.


11 posted on 10/13/2009 9:26:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins

Ping!


12 posted on 10/13/2009 9:27:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: DannyTN
"That depends on what he is preaching." More from the article:

"Yes, our men were lost and separated," Cash recounts in "A Table in the Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God's Presence Amidst the Chaos of the War in Iraq." "But our God was not confused. Just as he had from the very beginning of the war, He was providentially working all things together for the good of a cause that was just and true."

The book also offers an unflattering assessment of Islam, which Cash views as a flawed faith.

"Sadly, grace is often absent in Islam, which is based upon binding religious law, requiring strenuous adherence to every tenet of the 'Five Pillars of Allah,' " Cash writes. "A religion that emerges from the soil of strict adherence to law as a means of gaining God's favor will always tend toward extreme self-sacrifice."

Cash has drawn criticism from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group that monitors Christian proselytizing in the military, for his participation in Campus Crusade for Christ's Military Ministry, a program for evangelical chaplains to "help every troop, every leader, every family member hear and receive the lifesaving message about Jesus."

"This is an organization that has repeatedly stated its goal of transforming our military into a force of 'government-paid missionaries for Christ,' " said Chris Rodda, a foundation spokesman. "Any chaplain or commander who would support or condone these tactics or goals is a problem."

The White House declined to comment on the criticism. But those who served with Cash in Iraq have nothing but praise for his deep faith, warm manner and forceful sermons.

"I have absolutely no surprise that the president is moved and inspired by or finds that his message is powerful," said Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, Cash's commander during his deployment. "You don't have a heart beating in your chest if you don't feel this way when you hear this man talk."

13 posted on 10/13/2009 9:30:06 PM PDT by Saije
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To: BBell

He has Johnny Cash’s eyes.


14 posted on 10/13/2009 9:32:25 PM PDT by Reddy
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To: Saije

Based on what you posted, Cash is excellent. His focus appears to be on spreading the news of God’s grace through Jesus. And he’s not afraid to mince words.

That’s what Obama needs to hear.


15 posted on 10/13/2009 9:38:53 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: ottbmare

LT in the navy is the same as a CAPT in the other services. Still an O-3.


16 posted on 10/13/2009 9:44:44 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: DannyTN
"His focus appears to be on spreading the news of God’s grace through Jesus." He sounds like the kind of man who walks the walk:

Cash went on to play football at the Citadel in South Carolina, where he was a 270-pound NCAA all-American offensive tackle. He drew interest from several NFL teams, his mother writes in one of her books. But after graduating from the Citadel in 1992, he began having blurred vision and headaches.

The diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor. Doctors told Cash it wasn't cancerous, but it was located in a dangerous place on the brain stem. If it grew, it could threaten his life. Football was out of the question.

"My life may have been as good as over in the eyes of some people," Cash writes. "But something deep inside was calling me to turn my eyes away from the situation and to trust God, who knew exactly what He was doing."

With the encouragement of his father-in-law, a Navy chaplain, Cash entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the goal of becoming a chaplain, too. He served as a youth minister, pastored a small Tennessee church and eventually received a medical waiver to enter the Navy Reserves based on a doctor's assurance that his tumor would not grow.

After much prayer, Cash writes, his headaches and blurred vision went away, which he attributes to God's direct intervention.

In August 2001 -- just a month before terrorists would bring down the World Trade Center -- Cash entered active-duty service and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, part of the first ground force to enter Iraq in 2003.

As the convoy of tanks, trucks and transport vehicles moved through southern Iraq toward Baghdad, Cash and his assistant, Petty Officer Redor Rufo, drove alongside in their Humvee, large white crosses painted on each door.

Cash prayed with sweating Marines inside massive amphibious assault vehicles and conducted brief, informal services, using tailgates and ammunition boxes for altars. He baptized men with canteens of water.

At one point, he writes, he and Rufo were sprayed with bullets as Cash finished up a service in Saddam City. They threw themselves behind the Humvee's front bumper and were unharmed.

"He didn't ever seem scared and nervous like the rest of us," recalled Bill Bonner, a corporal in the battalion. "He was always just there to keep us going. He was a stalwart in the way that he faced the challenge of dealing with combat for the first time."

17 posted on 10/13/2009 9:44:50 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

BTTT


18 posted on 10/13/2009 9:55:22 PM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: ottbmare

Navy LT = Army CPT (both ranks are in the grade of O-3).

Of course, it’s always fun for an Army Captain to call a Navy base...


19 posted on 10/13/2009 9:58:28 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: Fred Hayek

...Except the Navy and Air Force are the only services with CAPT as the abbreviation for Captain.

Navy CAPT = O-6 (= Army, Marine, Air Force Colonel (COL))
Air Force CAPT = O-3 (= Army, Marine CPT or Navy LT)


20 posted on 10/13/2009 10:02:29 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: ottbmare

LT is where they start.


21 posted on 10/13/2009 10:20:28 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: LiteKeeper

You know, it’s rare that I get to bear witness to a celebrity in a Washington Post article. But Cary Cash is a very old friend of mine. He and I went to Navy Chaplain School together in Newport, RI back in the mid-nineties. We spent nearly every waking hour together.

Cary is one of the kindest, most inspiring human beings I have ever known. He is one of the most likable individuals I have ever met. He has one of the deepest faiths I have ever seen. I actually think this country is in much better hands than before I read this article. The fact that the President is hearing Cary speak actually will make me sleep better tonight.

But for the record, I remember him more like 6’1” 220lbs.
And yeah, he does have Johnny Cash’s eyes.

‘night all!


22 posted on 10/13/2009 10:39:35 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: Saije
Not much point in preaching to the converted.

Oh?

I guess I waste my time going to church on Sunday. < /sarc>

23 posted on 10/13/2009 11:57:58 PM PDT by Gamecock ("...Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles" and both to Americans.)
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To: Happyinmygarden

Exactly. Miracles can and do happen. May the Lord fill Obama, convict his heart. Now that would be an awesome miracle
Headline: “President gives his heart to Christ and apologizes to the Nation for his ‘blindness’!


24 posted on 10/14/2009 12:00:50 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (I know who wins; I have read the 'Book')
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To: scott7278

Plus, a narcissist like Obama relishes the fact that it’s all about him, and that, in the end, he is the chaplain’s boss.

Very Romanesque...


25 posted on 10/14/2009 12:20:38 AM PDT by scott7278 (Obama, Klaatu barada nikto!)
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To: scott7278

My prayer is that, whatever the motivation of the listener, that the historical Jesus Christ - found in the Scriptures - would be preached and the Gospel take hold.

His word never returns to Him empty, but always accomplishes the sovereign purpose for which it was sent.

May God’s word bring about salvation for Obama, and revival to America!


26 posted on 10/14/2009 12:28:42 AM PDT by scott7278 (Obama, Klaatu barada nikto!)
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To: johnnycap

Small world. He and I were classmates at the Citadel and attended East Cooper Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant for a few months after graduation.

I didn’t know him as well as you, but more of an acquaintance.


27 posted on 10/14/2009 2:42:08 AM PDT by Rammer
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To: onedoug

Military chaplains do not choose their own assignments. A southern baptist chaplain going to Camp David would certainly come under a lot of scrutiny, but he would have been one of a dozen or so looked at.

In short, he was simply at his duty assignment, and totally outside his control is who shows up for worship service.


28 posted on 10/14/2009 5:00:45 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins; skr; DannyTN

You guys are right, I know, and I surely thank you.

Though it’s hard to pray for one who would...IS destroying our nation.

God give me strength and show me the way....

Thanks again.


29 posted on 10/14/2009 5:15:06 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: skr

Nicely summarized. I pray that the seed of God’s Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit will effect a great change of heart in Mr. Obama.


30 posted on 10/14/2009 6:35:49 AM PDT by opus86
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To: Rammer

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31 posted on 10/14/2009 8:17:20 AM PDT by johnnycap
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To: johnnycap

Good post and so true.


32 posted on 10/14/2009 10:10:51 AM PDT by Rammer
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To: Outlaw Woman
“President gives his heart to Christ and apologizes to the Nation for his ‘blindness’!

Wouldn't that be wonderful?
33 posted on 10/14/2009 3:32:46 PM PDT by mlizzy ("It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy" --Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
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To: Fred Hayek

Cash is a Lt Commander


34 posted on 10/14/2009 4:03:56 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: mlizzy

Would it ever. Wow... That would be a shock I could live with!


35 posted on 10/14/2009 4:16:08 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (We know who wins; We have read the 'Book')
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To: Old Professer
Everyone knows The Obammunist pays no attention to what's said in church. He could spend 20 years in this church and deny he ever heard a sermon.

This story is a self serving diversion by the Hussein administration.

yitbos

36 posted on 10/14/2009 5:05:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: skr

Exactly. That’s why we need to pray for Obama and Michelle’s salvation. Sounds like he’s hearing the Word. Pray he really HEARS and responds to this pastor’s message.


37 posted on 10/14/2009 8:20:03 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Saije
“The book also offers an unflattering assessment of Islam, which Cash views as a flawed faith.”

Hannity is complaining about his choice of pastor tonight.

Sounds like the man speaks the truth. I wish he could get through to Obama. But I don't believe Obama is going to change his stripes this late in life. I think saying he likes this guy is politically motivated to appeal to Christians whose vote he's losing.

38 posted on 10/15/2009 6:50:27 PM PDT by FR_addict (www.conservativesinactionusa.com)
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To: bruinbirdman

“This story is a self serving diversion by the Hussein administration.”

Exactly.


39 posted on 10/15/2009 6:51:26 PM PDT by FR_addict (www.conservativesinactionusa.com)
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To: FR_addict
"Exactly."

They sure have been going out of their way in the last couple of weeks for the diversion trick.

Diversion from Socialized Medicine. That could still be The Obammunist's Waterloo.

What do they want on the news? His new church? Hillary cutting deals with the Rooskies? Troops in Afghanistan? Dancing with Latinos? Don't ask dont tell protests in DC?

Hours and hours of the Colorado backyard UFO hoax?

yitbos

40 posted on 10/15/2009 11:14:23 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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