To put this in its intended perspective…

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Think Billy Carter.

And this sort of says…whatever it says.

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Page-turning in abortion history

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Are we going backward or forward? For fear that the Supreme Court’s partial birth abortion ban this year might somehow drive society back to discrimination and oppression and other horrible consequences, liberal activists swung into high gear to get control of the nation’s laws, every which way they could.

Key to their agenda was Sen. Barack Obama.

In late April 2007, Senator Obama, along with Senator Hillary Clinton and others, immediately re-introduced the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), a radical attempt to enshrine abortion-on-demand into American law, to sweep aside existing laws that the majority of Americans support– such as requirements that licensed physicians perform abortions, fully-informed consent, and parental involvement– and to prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.

More importantly, FOCA is a cynical attempt to prematurely end the debate over abortion and declare “victory” in the face of mounting evidence that (a) the American… click here to read whole article and make comments


One of the most important reasons to vote

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In a word…judges.

McCain an Obama couldn’t have been further apart on the issue of judicial appointments.

Obama and McCain have been divided on Supreme Court judges throughout the campaign.

Obama has promised to only appoint judges who take a strong pro-abortion view while McCain has promised judges who would not make up the law from the bench but would strictly interpret the Constitution.

Though there are plenty of news stories around carrying the candidates’ statements, I came across this one in the files the other day. On the last anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, Obama vowed to appoint Roe-affirming judges.

“Throughout my career,” Obama continued, “I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.”

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Change the rules if they no longer fit the plan

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Ever since Hillary Clinton waged the battle to have the votes in Florida and Michigan count, the Democrats have wrestled mightily with how (and whether) to discount their own rules to do that. So, this was inevitable.

To remind:

Michigan held its presidential primaries on Jan. 15 and Florida did the same on Jan. 29, breaking national Republican and Democratic rules that said most states couldn’t hold their 2008 primary contests before Feb. 5…

That led to a bruising intraparty squabble. Democrats in both states warned that the eventual Democratic nominee risked losing their states in November if they were punished. Some Florida Democrats took legal action to get their delegates seated, and neither state got preprimary campaign visits from candidates Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But we all know Clinton won both states anyway. Which is why she wanted those delegates seated at the convention.… click here to read whole article and make comments


What the religious pundits are saying….or not

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In the early rounds of analysis after the Civil Forum, commentators were already drawing differences between the two presidential candidates’ answers to the same questions. As the day has gone on, they’re sharpening their focus on those differences.

USAToday asked five religion and ethics experts to watch the forum and comment afterward on what they heard. In the earlier edition, this is what they said:

The presidential candidates took very different approaches to the same set of questions by Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the mega-selling Bible study book, The Purpose-Driven Life.

The differences showed up most sharply in questions related to abortion. When Warren asked when life and human rights begin, McCain’s succinct reply, “At conception,” and mention of his pro-life voting track record were greeted with some of the loudest applause of the evening.

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Neither candidate lost, but did either of them ‘win’?

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America saw the first real, refreshingly candid, civil and thoughtful discussion of morality and leadership in the Saddleback forum last night with Pastor Rick Warren asking the questions in a non-partisan atmosphere. Finally.

Sunday morning news shows and print media are filled with analyses on how it went and what it told us. Both candidates did very well and received polite, sometimes rousing, applause from the audience at the event. But of course, the question is always “who won?”

Some say McCain scored big points with evangelicals, a part of what might have been considered his base before but a group that’s been reluctant to back him.

Pundits have long said he can’t win without them and now it seems that U.S. Republican presidential contender John McCain may finally be wooing his party’s evangelical base…McCain, an Arizona senator and war hero, hit the right political buttons before a nationally televised… click here to read whole article and make comments


The Civil Forum

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The general election has begun, and ground zero was a Christian evangelical megachurch.

Voters had the first opportunity to see the candidates in the same forum with the same questions asked by a neutral and morally informed pastor.

“We believe in the separation of church and state, but we do not believe in the separation of faith and politics because everyone has a world view,” Warren said to cheers of the crowd from the pews of his church in Lakeforest, Calif., at the start of the forum.

This was entirely different than anything we’ve seen until now.

Their contest has until now been waged via TV ads, campaign memos, conference calls and stump speeches, but not in person…

Warren’s format took the candidates off their usual talking points. The event was intended to allow the candidates to engage in a kind of long-form discussion… click here to read whole article and make comments


The chosen pastor

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Candidates McCain and Obama have agreed to this one encounter (it’s not a debate) in a forum at an evangelical megachurch to answer questions that concern Christian Americans. Finally. But hold on…

Christians are divided over which issues are most important to address. And the pastor the candidates have chosen to moderate that forum and ask the questions says a lot about which way they hope this “Civil Forum” goes.

The founding pastor of the 23,000-member Saddleback Church is “Purpose-Driven Life” author Rick Warren. Perhaps the most prominent so-called “new evangelical” in the country, Warren focuses more on issues like AIDS, poverty, human rights and the environment than on social issues, chief among them abortion and gay marriage, that have been the focus of traditional evangelicals in recent years…

Hours before Obama and McCain take the stage at Saddleback, however, a very different evangelical gathering will be taking… click here to read whole article and make comments


No longer looking like a coronation

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Though the Democratic convention was shaping up to be the final crowning of the party’s new prince, the Clinton factor wasn’t quite reconciled. Now it is, and Hillary’s backers will have their day.

A Democratic National Convention that is supposed to showcase Barack Obama will devote a considerable amount of time to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family, with the two campaigns announcing an agreement Thursday to formally enter her name into nomination.

The development means that during the state-by-state vote on a nominee for president, delegates will have the option of choosing Clinton rather than Obama — giving supporters a chance to cheer her candidacy one last time.

Never say “last time” with the Clintons.

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Obama and Catholics

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This increasingly is the topic of news stories coming out in advance of the Democratic convention in Denver at the end of the month. It’s a key ‘bloc’ of voters the Democrat needs to capture, though Catholics don’t vote as a bloc. Actually, that sentence breaks down into two realities: Obama is after ‘the Catholic vote’, and Catholics are divided.

RealClearPolitics has this piece by Pat Buchanan addressing Obama’s Catholic problem.

In the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama rolled up more than 90 percent of the African-American vote. Among Catholics, he lost by 40 points. The cool liberal Harvard Law grad was not a good fit for the socially conservative ethnics of Altoona, Aliquippa and Johnstown.

But if Barack had a problem with Catholics then, he has a far higher hurdle to surmount in the fall, with those millions of Catholics who still take their faith and moral code seriously.

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