Skip to comments.Gresham Barrett Aide Pushes Story On Nikki Haley's Religious Views
Posted on 06/15/2010 10:01:31 AM PDT by redk
CNN published a story at 9:25 a.m. this morning titled "Haley's path to Christianity leaves some evangelicals uneasy." The story informs readers that Nikki Haley, who was raised a Sikh and converted to Christianity, "still attends Sikh services occasionally with her parents and extended family." Its clearly a trouble-making attempt to gin up controversy among Republicans where there has been almost none, and so was able to find a couple pastors who question whether Haley, the frontrunner in next Tuesday's South Carolina gubernatorial primary runoff, is really a Christian.
At 9:38 a.m., the CNN story was emailed to a colleague by a campaign consultant working for Haley's opponent, Rep. Gresham Barrett.
One strongly suspects this attempt to take the low road wont work, and Haley will crush Barrett in the runoff next week. But does Gresham Barrett, who has had a good reputation and would seem to have a promising political career still ahead of him, really want to go down this path?
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RINOs are not on our side.
Barrett, like Bauer, proves himself unworthy of office.
This is true. Guys like this really need to go, for good.
>> But does Gresham Barrett, who has had a good reputation and would seem to have a promising political career still ahead of him, really want to go down this path?
My question would be: is Mr. Barrett a Christian?
Because this behavior he is allowing, encouraging and/or condoning is decidedly UN-Christian.
Some of these guys that have an "R" after their names here in SC are "NOT" on our side.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
... any more questions? :-)
I wonder if this Kristol scoop is as accurate as his scoop he revealed on Fox news on election night that Barrett was dropping out.
Conservative women sure do seem to draw an inordinate amount of personal attacks — more than the guys do, IMO. Imagine if Nikki had been a flaming lib — the MSM would be SCREAMING for heads.
RINOs are just democrats in disguise, we should know the lesson well by now!
“I expect this from the Dems and the MSM not from people on our own side.”
You mean Kristol? I think he’s on HIS side.
So what! When I was a kid, our Christian friends came to all our bar mitzvahs.
It’s a shame that dueling is illegal.
Hey we seem to have people on this very forum who are afraid of conservative women.
At 9:38 a.m., the CNN story was emailed to a colleague by a campaign consultant working for Haley's opponent, Rep. Gresham Barrett.The specificity of the time implies that Kristol has seen the actual email.
Somebody Ping Pissant.
Honor your father and mother.
I read the Wikipedia article on Barrett and wonder why there is such opposition to him from conservatives. Please explain.
yeah, because of your dislike for anything Nikki, Palin etc....
“still attends Sikh services occasionally with her parents”
Hmm,,didn’t our current Fearless Leader school the press that you can sit in a church for YEARS and not subscribe to the doctrine taught.......?
“Hmm,,didnt our current Fearless Leader school the press that you can sit in a church for YEARS and not subscribe to the doctrine taught.......?”
Yep, and when was the last time an Indian Sikh drove a plane into a building?
I say, “So what?” I was raised a protestant and converted to Orthodox Christianity, but, while my father was still alive, attended protestant services with family.
(Incidentally, Sikhism is the only religion arising after the coming of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost for which I have any respect—its founders, living in a time and place devoid of the light of the Gospel and stuck between the barbarous teachings of Mohammed and the refined paganism of the Hindus, seem to me to have chosen largely the little bits of truth found in each.)
EXACTLY! I was best man for a college roommate in a Catholic church. Doesn't make me a practicing Catholic.
Note to CNN and other leftist media:
I realize that you all go to great lengths to portray us a simple-minded Christian rubes, but you would be surprised to learn that most of us have don’t have a problem with people of other religious groups - except islam, which many of us suspect is the faith of the current president.
Trying to scare us away from Haley because she is a Sikh won’t work. We aren’t as closed minded as you think/wish/hope.
It worked for Coley Blease in ‘24.
And like it or not it is a fair question. It really is. You don’t run for statewide office in South Carolina unless you’re willing to lay it all on the line.
This reflects badly on Barrett, not Haley.
There’s really not. It’s just that the Sarah Palin fan club has latched onto her in that state as the next sort of Palin.
If she wasn’t an attractive woman they wouldn’t be doing it and I worry about the country when so many people are willing to throw in with a candidate just because they are an attractive woman.
I don’t have a dog in this fight but my in-laws in SC do. They split between Bauer and Barrett in the primary (would have been all Bauer except Barrett went to the Citadel and they’re a big Citadel family) and they’re all going with Barrett now.
How exactly does it reflect badly?
It’s a legitimate question and one I still ask about Jindal.
She was raised as a Sikh. She then says she converts to Methodism but then keeps attending Sikh services?
In a state like South Carolina it is a legitimate question because they would not elect a Sikh on their own. So, whether or not she’s really Christian or is just playing one to get votes is a legit question and like it or not this has come up in South Carolina races in the past.
Evidently there is something to her. If not, why are the establishment Republicans trying to destroy her?
You really think Barrett is on ‘our’ side?
There is more evidence that Haley is a Christian than Obama.
I’ve never seen Haley on TV talking about “her Sikh faith” or saying that Sikh prayers are her favorite sound -— nor have there been any foreign officials who state that she confessed she was Sikh.
Obama, on the other hand . .
Jindal expressed publically his conversion and his faith in Christ.
I think he is a RC, but he had a classic “born again” conversion.
He’s been very open about it.
The same reason people at various times came after Tillman, Blease and Thurmond.
If you know South Carolina political tradition you know that throughout South Carolina political history politicians have come along who have basically used their relationship with the people to try and enforce their will on the state.
Haley might be an India Indian but she still comes in that same political tradition of the state and you can hardly blame people who see Tillman’s face at Clemson and still learn about Thurmond’s exploits from being a little wary when someone else comes along who might try and make the state their own personal oyster.
Barrett's connection to Huckabee?
Barrett is a staunch opponent of the federal income tax, and has sponsored legislation to replace it with a national retail sales tax, called the FairTax."DeMint battles earmarks, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald, January 11, 2008.(8)"DeMint battles earmarks, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald, January 11, 2008.Barrett has worked with former presidential candidate/ Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in promoting the FairTax. Barrett has also lobbied hard to promote a Taxpayer Bill of Rights requiring balanced budgets and guaranteeing return of taxes taken for retirement programs.Hyde, Paul, Spending limits?, The Greenville (S.C.) News, April 16, 2007.(9)
The thing about that is that Jindal grew up in Baton Rouge where everyone is Catholic. So how do we really know that his conversion was in his heart and not to fit in with the kids in Baton Rouge?
Jindal ended up still marrying the wife who had been arranged for him by his parents. If he were a Catholic in his heart why keep with that Hindu marriage custom?
Haley at least has that going for her. She did marry a local good ole boy which means she is probably more legit then I suspect about Jindal.
Bobby Jindal wrote extensively about his conversion in the New Oxford Review. The essays were used by the Democrats to attack him in his last gubernatorial run.
2. Not doing the gentlemanly thing of conceeding so we can get on to the general.
3. Playing the religion card
Obama also wrote a lot of crap in his book too.
If you’re trying to craft an image for yourself, writing a bunch of crap is the way I do it and like most people who enter politics young I imagine Jindal knew by high school he wanted to enter politics, especially considering that right after college he gets snapped up by the Foster administration.
I’m just not convinced and the reason I’m not convinced with Jindal is his choice of wife and that will come up if he runs for president. You know Huckabee will use it and I wouldn’t be shocked to see others use it too. It’s just the way politics in a diverse country works.
I don’t see what the fairness of the question has to do with a campaign aide spreading stories about an opponent being a clost Sikh.
And I can't believe people read it and still voted for him....
As to Huckabee, I'm sure he would use that as the man is a snake. The way he played the religion card in the 2008 was, to me, unforgivable.
Why does he have to concede. For all intents and purposes the Republican Primary has become the 21st century answer to the old Rooster primary and most Republican nominees win statewide by default unless there is a really bad candidate.
Why should Barrett drop out from what is more likely than not the real election? Especially when a majority of South Carolinians chose someone other than her in round 1?
In 1970 Albert Brewer polled ahead of Wallace in the first round. Wallace took the low road. Wallace beat Brewer in the runoff. It’s how politics works.
The only reason Haley supporters are so upset at what her opponents are doing are that they fear that they could work. If they weren’t afraid they’d be paying it no mind.
Well, he doesn't HAVE to concede and apparently he isn't.
49% in a four way race is enough in most states, while I do respect the right of SC'ers to be different.
Candidates with much better shots and polling have dropped out before; I'm thinking specifically about the last NC GOP gubernatorial primary as the latest example.
“Especially when a majority of South Carolinians chose someone other than her in round 1?”
You say that like 60% of the state voted against her. She had almost as many votes by herself as the three stooges combined. She won all but 4 counties, it’s not like it was close. lol
North Carolina is a two party state and has been for a long time and the Democrats have been dominant for the last 20 years.
South Carolina has always been a one party state except for the generation in which it transitioned from one party Dem to one party Rep.
In a state like South Carolina it is a legitimate question because they would not elect a Sikh on their own. So, whether or not shes really Christian or is just playing one to get votes is a legit question...
Right on. SC is the Bible belt, for heaven’s sake. The Bible thumping kind. Listening to my radio the last time I drove through SC it was very evident.
In how many did she get 50% or more?
She may have carried counties with a plurality but it still doesn’t mean a majority in said county didn’t vote against her and for someone else.