Obama’s S.C. campaign director Clay Middleton has sent an e-mail out with talking points on Obama’s record and a letter by Congressman Jim Clyburn.

Middleton says the letter will be read each Sunday until election day by Obama field operatives and supporters.

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic is worried about the potential legal entanglements. But, based on my experience with African American churches, I’m less concerned.

I’m sure this story will sound very familiar to anyone who’s listened to a Clyburn speech in the past, but here’s the meat of the letter:

My father was a fundamentalist minister, and when I left home to attend college, I fully expected to further my education in the seminary.   On the day I shared with him my decision not to follow him into the ministry, he told me he felt that, “the world would much rather see a sermon than to hear one.”

I have never forgotten that anxious moment and have accepted his words as a mantra by which to live and serve.  I truly believe that people of faith, especially those of us who are elected officials, are mandated to conduct ourselves and make policies that fulfill the scriptures.  We are required to care for “widows and orphans” and provide for the “least among us.”  No more, and certainly no less, should be expected of our Presidential candidates.  We must require more than rhetoric, photo-ops and high-sounding platitudes.  We must make certain that their deeds match their words, and their promises square with their records.  In short, have their lives been good sermons.

When we listen to the rhetoric and look at the records, it is not even close.  Barack Obama has earned our votes and deserves our support for President of the United States.  I ask you to join me and millions of faith voters all across our great land in active and tireless support of Barack Obama.

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