The dance he danced at Saturday’s nights Civil Forum at Saddleback Church was meant to dazzle us, as it has dazzled audiences countless times before. It was carefully choreographed and well rehearsed. Barack Obama went through the near flawless routine, but this time, something unexpected happed.
The music stopped!
When John McCain stepped on stage, the senator from Arizona gave Pastor Rick Warren direct answers to his questions. Agree or not, McCain put it all out there. There were no pirouettes or spins, just short simple answers to some of the most important and troubling questions we face as a nation.
When Obama left the stage, we were dizzy from his artistic performance; when McCain left the stage, we were shocked back to reality. He delivered a dose of smelling salts to those who were present and a wake-up call to the millions who had watched the event on television.
Obama makes beautiful speeches. He touches our deepest emotions, but when he’s finished, you have no idea where he stands.
No one expects a president to know everything about every issue, so it is very important to know who his advisors (choreographers) are. Right off top, Warren asked each man to name three. McCain did just that. Obama hedged by naming is wife and grandmother. Then, he began his dance and refused to name anyone else.
Clearly, one of most divisive social issues of our time is abortion, but abortions have occurred up to and during the birth process itself. Abortion has been defined by some to include what others term “infanticide.” As a state legislator, Obama defended the practice and voted against the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act.”
Obama refers to himself as “pro-choice,” which is the code word for “abortion.” Is he still as radical as he once was? How far is he willing to go now?
Many who considered themselves to be pro-choice think that choice should be made in the early weeks of pregnancy. Others would allow abortions up to the age of viability – the point at which a baby can survive outside the mother’s womb. After all, if the baby is viable and the mother does not want her child, why not deliver a premie and allow the child to be adopted? It’s a lot safer for the mother and we know what an abortion does to her child.
Rick Warren asked an important question:
At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?
Obama’s dance reached a crescendo when he refused to answer that question saying, “Whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective” it was above his “pay grade.”
Should Obama achieve the office he is seeking, there will be no one above his pay grade.
This is a question that deserves an answer. It is rarely asked and almost never pursued. It is instructive to examine an answer given to this question by one of Obama’s colleagues, with whom he walks in lockstep.
The most revealing exchange on the subject occurred in the Senate on October 20, 1999, (pages S12878-80 of the Congressional Record) during debate on the “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.” When Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was pressed by Sen. Rick Santorum on that exact question, Boxer finally agreed that once the baby is “in the mother’s arms, that baby is a human being.”
Santorum then asked her if the child should be protected if it were in the doctor’s arms? Boxer would not answer that question. It was chilling!
As U.S. senators, both Boxer and Obama should know that there is no longer a scientific debate on the humanity of the unborn. Instead, they hide behind Roe V. Wade, a 1973 “world is flat” Supreme Court decision made before realtime ultrasound imaging or fiber optics gave us a window to the womb.
As a Christian, Obama also should know that there is a prohibition in the Bible against the murder of a human being.
If science and religion are not dictating his stance on this issue, who is? One of his most definitive statements to Rick Warren was this:
I believe in Roe v. Wade!
What Obama was really saying is this:
I’ve pledged my allegiance to abortion rights groups.
These groups are his real choreographers!
At that point in the program, the tempo changed and Obama waltzed through questions on gay marriage, offshore drilling, merit pay for teachers and a host of other issues, with a little dip here and a little turn there.
The question is this: Will the American people allow him to continue this dance and waltz right into the White House?