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Obama: Sermon on the Mount supports gay civil unions

Yesterday, the Baptist Press ran a story on Barack Obama’s position on civil unions. In short, Obama says that his reading of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount leads him to support civil unions for homosexuals. Here he is in his own words:

“I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don’t think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans. That’s my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.” Continue Reading →

Barack Obama’s Audacity of Infanticide

When I wrote my previous post about Obama’s refusal to defend infant survivors of abortion, I didn’t know that former Senator Rick Santorum had just penned an opinion editorial on the same subject. Santorum uses language that is even stronger than mine. He writes:

‘Let’s be clear about what Obama did, once in 2003 and twice before that. He effectively voted for infanticide. He voted to allow doctors to deny medically appropriate treatment or, worse yet, actively kill a completely delivered living baby. Infanticide – I wonder if he’ll add this to the list of changes in his next victory speech and if the crowd will roar: “Yes, we can.”‘

Read the rest here:

“The Elephant in the Room: Obama: A harsh ideologue hidden by a feel-good image” – by Rick Santorum (Philadelphia Inquirer)

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Obama’s Barbaric Record on Abortion

The delegate-rich primaries of Texas and Ohio will happen tomorrow, and the remaining candidates have been campaigning as hard as they can in the final days before the vote. I live in Texas and have been seeing a flurry of television ads in the last week or so.

I’ve also gotten telephone calls from the McCain, Huckabee, and Obama campaigns. Last week my answering machine had a pre-recorded message from Barack Obama himself. Earlier today, the Huckabee campaign called with a pre-recorded “push-poll.”

But the most interesting phone-call I have received was one that came about 8:45pm on Sunday evening. It wasn’t a pre-recorded message. There was a live voice on the other end of the line, and he was calling to drum-up support for Barack Obama. The conversation went something like this. Continue Reading →

William F. Buckley, R.I.P.

The New York Times reports:

‘William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.

‘Mr Buckley, 82, suffered from diabetes and emphysema, his son Christopher said, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said. “He might have been working on a column,” Mr. Buckley said.’

Here’s the rest: “William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82.

See also the AP story: “William F. Buckley Jr. Dies at 82.”

Jim Wallis’ Less Than Prophetic Voice on Abortion

In an interview with The Boston Globe, Jim Wallis says that evangelicals must not “allow politics to trump our prophetic voice.” Yet when asked about abortion, Wallis’s “evangelical” voice is anything but prophetic. He writes,

“This new evangelical agenda is not one issue, it’s broader and deeper. . . What ties it all together is the defense of the vulnerable. Let’s not pit unborn children against poor children — they’re both in the category of the vulnerable, and Jesus calls us to defend the vulnerable. I think we’ve got to embrace a full range of concerns. For example, I’m going to press really hard the Democratic nominee, whoever that is, to make abortion reduction a Democratic Party plank in this election year. The extremes on both sides don’t like that, but most Americans are in that middle place: they don’t like abortion — the abortion rate’s too high; but they don’t want to criminalize a difficult and often desperate choice.”

No matter how you slice it, Wallis is dodging the fundamental moral issue at the bottom of the abortion debate—that a person can kill an innocent human being with the protection of the law at any point during gestation. Wallis’s rhetoric indicates that he thinks he has staked out some “middle place” between the Democrats and the Republicans. In reality, he hasn’t. His position in this interview is no different from the hackneyed line made famous by former President Clinton—that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Continue Reading →

Were the Invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq Just?

My friend Scot McKnight posed a fair question in the comments section of a previous post (comment #65), and I think a proper response deserves a new post. Here’s Scot’s question:

“Do you really believe our invasion of either Afghanistan or Iraq was just war?”

Before answering the question, I need to clear the decks with a couple of clarifications. First, please note that Scot is not asking whether I hold to some form of the just war position. He’s a pacifist and knows that I am not. He is not asking me to justify just war theory. He’s asking if these two particular invasions can be reconciled with the just war position that I hold. In other words, he’s asking if I am consistent. I think the question is important, and anyone who supported either or both of the invasions should be able to give an answer. So I will try to do that here. Continue Reading →

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