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A presidential contender takes to the pulpit this Sunday morning.  The beginning of his remarks:

The Scripture tells us that when Joshua and the Israelites arrived at the gates of Jericho, they could not enter.  The walls of the city were too steep for any one person to climb; too strong to be taken down with brute force.  And so they sat for days, unable to pass on through.    

But God had a plan for his people.  He told them to stand together and march together around the city, and on the seventh day he told them that when they heard the sound of the ram’s horn, they should speak with one voice.  And at the chosen hour, when the horn sounded and a chorus of voices cried out together, the mighty walls of Jericho came tumbling down.

There are many lessons to take from this passage, just as there are many lessons to take from this day, just as there are many memories that fill the space of this church…

If you’re worried that Mike Huckabee is preaching again, don’t.  It’s Barack Obama, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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