Obama Compassion Forum  

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So i was up kinda late last night and instead of going to bed like i should have, i flipped on the tube. As i was surfing through channnels to find the final score of the Red Sox/Yankees game i came across Barack Obama's smiling face talking into the camera. I've followed Barack Obama ever since he anounced he was running for the presidency, after all they talk about him a lot here in Illinois (I'm originally from Virginia). As if him talking weren't enough for me to keep the channel, i read the word "Compassion" on the bottom of my screen. I just had to see what was up.

For those of you who do not know, the Compassion forum was a faith based question and answer session for the candidates at Messiah College. I missed Hillary Clinton.

Rodriguez: The terms pro-choice and pro-life, do they encapsulate that reality in our 21st Century setting and can we find common ground?

OBAMA: I absolutely think we can find common ground. And it requires a couple of things. Number one, it requires us to acknowledge that there is a moral dimension to abortion, which I think that all too often those of us who are pro-choice have not talked about or tried to tamp down. I think that's a mistake because I think all of us understand that it is a wrenching choice for anybody to think about.

The second thing, once we acknowledge that, is to recognize that people of good will can exist on both sides. That nobody wishes to be placed in a circumstance where they are even confronted with the choice of abortion. How we determine what's right at that moment, I think, people of good will can differ.

And if we can acknowledge that much, then we can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doing everything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead somebody to consider having an abortion.

And we've actually made progress over the last several years in reducing teen pregnancies, for example. And what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children.

But we also recognize the importance of good medical care for women, that we're also recognizing the importance of age-appropriate education to reduce risks. I do believe that contraception has to be part of that education process."

Let me start off by saying I am a HUGE supporter of Barack Obama and plan on voting for him in the coming elections November 4th should his name appear on that ballot. I also disagree with him very much so on his stance on abortion, simply because he is pro-choice. I simply cannot put on the glasses of pro-choice and view anything through that lens and things still make sense. I am staunchly pro-life. What i do like however is Barack Obama's position on being serious about getting to the root of the problem that leads to so many abortions: poverty and lack of education. I feel like he did a good job of really bringing the best out of this issue and saying that the worst part is not the decision, but the fact that a girl has to make that decision.

Barack Obama was very vocal about his faith as a professing Christian (United Church of Christ). This was a huge step for our political system, a far left-wing Democrat professing Christian Faith and admitting over and over that his belief system greatly affects the way he approaches politics. I was impressed through and through by Obama's comments during this forum. He has some positions I disagree with, but this is to be expected.

Obama showed me more and more that he is the right guy for the job. He is genuinely interested in solving the problems of poverty (humbly committed to a goal of ending poverty in the next 10 years when asked by Jim Wallis if he would), education, and all the underlying issues that lead to a lot of our problems like abortion. I really appreciate his humility when talking about foreign policy and the need to be a nation that listens and leads by example, not by military might. He even congratulated Bush on his PEPFAR program in fighting AIDS and said it was "one of the success stories of this administration" leading the hearer to believe he might give Bush more credit than he has in the past. This was also encouraging.

This is a guy Christians can get behind, I know he's pro-choice and that SUCKS, but honestly, a pro-life candidate won't make any progress on this issue with the current Congress as Democratic dominated as it is.

Change: Yes We Can

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Hey Ben!

I love that you have a blog. I look forward to keeping up with it. I also love this post. Really well rounded. It's always hard to discuss politics because Christ transcends elections and governments but I really appreciate you looking at both sides of the coming election. I completely agree that there is more to stopping abortion than just making it illegal. I'm also stoked you're still seeking the Lord. Amen brother!
Your sister in Christ,
Victoria Stembokas
victoriastembokas.blogspot.com

April 15, 2008 at 12:18 AM

Hay there Ben it is Michelle from LVCN... I am a big Obama supporter too... just feels right... I don't know how to exsplain it i ahve never been a huge politics person but this time i am really steping up and making my voice heard... it is such a shame that SO many christians will not even listen to him just because he is a DEM... I am sadened by that... most are the same people that told me 8 years ago Row V Wade would be turned over if I voted for Bush :-( just sad to me that there seems to be a great man strong in his faith out there and so many are missing him because of the side of the floor he sits on

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