When you peruse the White House website and look at the President’s agenda items, often the language is rather vague, allowing one to read into it what one prefers. Yet, on some issues, the wording is quite clear. For instance, when addressing the stem cell research issue, it states,
Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created . . . solely for the purpose of fertility treatment.
It is quite clear that he intends to promote embryonic stem cell research, thus reversing the policy of the Bush administration. This section, by the way, is found in the “women’s issues” part of the agenda. Immediately after the paragraph on embyronic stem cells, the site deals with abortion in this manner:
[President Obama] has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Adminstration. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case. [italics mine]
So there is no vagueness when it comes to taking the lives of innocent children.
But isn’t Obama a man of Christian faith? After all, didn’t he speak to a major evangelical group to reveal his Christian values? The exact wording is,
In June of 2006, then-Senator Obama delivered what was called the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, then-Senator Obama candidly discussed his own religious conversion and doubts, and the need for a deeper, more substantive discussion about the role of faith in American life. [italics mine]
My first question, after reading this, was, “Who, precisely, called this the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years?” We are not told. Are we to believe that Ronald Reagan, for instance, in his “Evil Empire” speech, said nothing significant about religion and politics? I encourage everyone to read that one.
Second, what “major evangelical group” did he speak before? It turns out it was a conference sponsored by Sojourners, a liberal organization that is more Social Gospel than Gospel. That’s the only “evangelical” group Obama would have felt comfortable addressing.
Christians need to be informed about the worldview of this administration. I will continue to do what I can to pass on that information.