September 24, 2008
Obama's Faith, Family and Variable Values TourBy Jan LaRue
Senator Obama apparently is beaming a guiding light for the faithful ones seeking the "epiphany" he promised his followers at Dartmouth College last January:
The faithful are called to follow the beam to Obama's "Faith, Family and Values Tour" beginning this week. For those already blinded by the beam, "fleecing the sheep" seems more apropos.
Obama's "faith" journey
For openers, no one who contradicts Jesus Christ on the subject of salvation should be directing Christian traffic at the intersection of faith and politics. That's a lot of cheek to turn. Maybe audacity should be added to the list of deadly sins.
Obama told Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Cathleen Falsani, that he is "rooted in the Christian tradition, and that "there are many paths to the same place." Falsani found it an "unlikely theological position for someone who places his faith squarely at the feet of Jesus." Obama told her it depends "on how a particular verse from the Gospel of John, where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me,' is heard."
Those seeking further illumination about Obama's Christian beliefs, beyond his 20-year indoctrination by the most left, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright and Rev. Michael Pfleger, might mull over Newsweek's cover story, "Finding His Faith," with a Bible in hand. I also offer for consideration my own musings in "Sermon from Mt. Obama Raises Big Questions."
The 2004 Democratic Platform mentions God seven times. Obama's book of political revelation, otherwise known as the 2008 Democratic Platform, mentions God but once in reference to "God-given potential." The Obama flock isn't really into "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Obama's family tour excludes unborn members
Obama's policies will increase the number of abortions. On April 13 at CNN's Compassion Forum, Jon Meacham asked Obama if he believes that life begins at conception. Obama said he didn't know. But the man who claims a "scientific bent of mind," thinks "potential life" is exceptionally potent:
Two months later, The New York Times, reported:
Has Obama seen the light? Does he finally understand that life begins at conception? Maybe he experienced his own epiphany.
But alas, just two months later, the light faded -- the circuit shorted -- the bulb blew when Rick Warren asked Obama at the Saddleback Forum: "At what point does a baby get human rights?" Obama's dim response, "It's above my pay grade."
Consider. The 2004 Democratic Platform states: "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare." Obama had "rare" deleted from the 2008 Platform. It states:
If Obama intends to reduce abortions, he wouldn't be a co-sponsor of the "Freedom of Choice Act," but he is. On July 17, 2007, Obama told the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." The Act would nullify state pro-life laws, including waiting periods, informed consent, parental notification, and a host of others.
Obama isn't committed to marriage as ordained by God
Asked by Rick Warren to define marriage, Obama said:
He then rejected a constitutional amendment "because historically, we have not defined marriage in our constitution. It's been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition."
Obama wants to remove federal support for the right of states to define marriage. His claim, that he is "not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage," is highly suspect, to say the least.
During his race for Senate in 2004, Obama denounced the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed into law by President Bill Clinton, as "an abhorrent law," and promised to seek its repeal. He wants both sections of DOMA repealed. He doesn't want federal law to limit marriage to a man and a woman, and he doesn't want federal law to protect the right of the states to decide for themselves. It remains his position.
Obama recently sent a letter to a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender group stating:
Under Obama's leadership, the 2008 Democratic Platform now calls for DOMA's repeal:
If Obama doesn't understand that DOMA reinforces the right of states to "decide" how to define marriage, how is he competent to be president? If he does understand, he is intentionally misleading the American people about federal law and his true position on marriage.
Read Obama's words in the above-referenced letter again. He is a promoter of homosexual marriage, contrary to what he led Rick Warren and millions of viewers to believe.
Obama's policies would likely increase the number of fatherless homes
In his Chicago sermon "Mr. Obama spoke of the burden that single parenthood placed on his mother, who raised him with the help of his maternal grandparents." He said:
Obama had a male figure in his grandfather, but he still felt a hole in his heart only a father can fill.
The 2008 Democratic Platform expounds upon the toll on children without fathers:
According to the 2008 National Fatherhood Initiative, "the federal government spends $99.8 billion dollars every year on programs -- such as child support enforcement and anti-poverty efforts -- that support father-absent homes."
Why does a man who recognizes the grave and costly consequences of absentee fathers support lesbian marriage? Why does he support "marriage" between two men, which deprives children of a mother? And why do Obama and his wife support adoption by homosexuals and lesbians?
Obama says his support of state-sanctioned legal rights for homosexual unions comes from the "Sermon on the Mount." He finds it "more central than an obscure passage in Romans."
This beam of light emanates from a different mountain and "another Jesus" that Paul warned about in 2 Corinthians 11:4.
Jan LaRue served as Chief Counsel at Concerned Women for America, Director of Legal Studies at Family Research Council, and Senior Counsel at the National Law Center for Children and Families. She is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.