Saturday, October 20, 2007

Barack Obama

I will not be continuing my Creationism posts today. I do plan to return to them soon.

Then, I plan to answer the response about Iraq. I am sorry for the change in plans. Plans, in reality, often are altered for one reason or another. “The best laid plans … often go astray.” Thank you for your understanding and patience.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish, barbaric decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

The following article is from World magazine which is the only weekly magazine that I read regularly. Because of the work I had been doing for my clients, I have fallen behind (once again) on my reading. I had just finished reading this article the other day. I was going to do material on Mr. Obama and after reading the article decided this was a good time to do just that. The two previous posts—Seven things GOD hates and MURDER on a MASSIVE SCALE—were preludes to this series.

I originally was going to just take sections from the article and comment on them but I decided that some might accuse me of trying to skew my presentation by taking material out of context. Therefore, I have ended up quoting the whole article. I was going to first post the article and then make comments the next post. However, I couldn’t resist making some short comments as I was typing it so (because of the increasing length) I have divided it into two sections. The first is this post and then the next post will be the second portion of the article.

The following portion of the article is from World magazine, October 6, 2007, pages 18-20. (Page 19 is a full sized picture of Barack Obama.) The first portion of the article:

“Moments before Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) bounded onto the stage at a campaign rally in downtown Atlanta late last month, retired minister and civil-rights icon Joe Lowery offered an opening prayer: ‘Lord, we are here tonight because when we sing ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee,’ we see too much misery.’

The 2,200 supporters gathered in a ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center responded with chuckles and scattered applause. But the chuckles turned into a resounding ‘Amen’ when Lowery, 82, compared Obama to John the Baptist. Lowery prayed for the success of his presidential run, concluding ‘in the name of justice.’

Obama finally took the stage two hours after the doors opened and delivered a well-worn stump speech with the enthusiasm and cadence of a preacher. The crowd cheered in agreement when the Democratic presidential candidate spoke of being ‘my brother’s keeper.’

Religious language and themes aren’t new for the Obama campaign. The Illinois Senator has compared himself to a modern-day Joshua who longs to lead the American people into the Promised Land. (There is only one Promised Land for Christians and it doesn’t come from the United States government!—my addition [Obviously, this is where I decided to start adding comments. Mr. Obama is clearly misusing the concept of the Promised Land and it is just as clear that he is implying that he is GOD inspired. NO ONE WHO IS GOD INSPIRED SUPPORTS and PROMOTES the MURDER of UNBORN BABIES—my additional addition]) Earlier this year, Obama told an A.M.E. congregation in Selma, Ala., that he draws encouragement for God’s Old Testament words to Joshua to ‘be strong and have courage, for I am with you wherever you go.’

Any candidate needs strength and courage for a presidential run, but Obama recognizes that he also needs faith. He protests the notion that faith and politics must remain separate, and chastises fellow Democrats for abandoning religious ideas in the public square.

Less than three months before the presidential primaries begin, Obama is trailing front-runner Hillary Clinton in the polls, but he is pressing religion more than any of his Democratic opponents: He openly offers his account of converting to Christianity, has delivered at least two major speeches on faith and politics, and is aggressively courting support from churches and individual Christians. (What happened to the “separation of church and State” nonsense that libertine Democrats including Obama are usually so quick to parrot???—my addition)

The Obama strategy is key to distinguishing himself from Clinton, who shares nearly identical policy positions on issues like health care, economics, and the war in Iraq. The goal is clear: Gain an edge by tapping into a segment of religious voters that Democrats have largely ignored in the past; insist that conservative Christians should compromise on principle for the sake of consensus. (Why??? He is not willing to compromise. He wants capitulation!!!—my addition) In his words, the ‘so-called leaders of the Christian right’ are ‘hijacking’ faith and ‘all too eager to exploit what divides us.’ (One of the major items that divide us is his insistence that it is proper to MURDER unborn babies!!!—my addition)

Apart from commending conservative evangelicals for drawing attention to the African crisis in Darfur and over AIDS, Obama makes it clear that he doesn’t often agree with the religious right. Yet he has sought consensus among Christian leaders well known in conservative circles—appearing late last year at a church-sponsored event to combat AIDS with mega-church pastor and Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren.

Obama also strikes themes that resonate with conservative evangelicals. He speaks about the importance of family and individual responsibility in addressing poverty, AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies. He stresses the urgency of cultivating strong fathers in the black community and says the government is no substitute for good dads. (What do his policies speak to? Are his proposed policies and his uttered words the same or are they different?—my addition.) He also speaks about the importance of his own family, including his wife of 14 years, Michelle, a Harvard –educated attorney he met while working at a law firm in Chicago. The couple still live in Chicago with their two daughters, ages 9 and 6.

When Obama delivered a speech about faith and politics at the Call to Renewal conference organized by left-leaning evangelical Jim Wallis and others, he told the group that Democrats need to compete for the support of Christians. (Again, what happened to that “wall of separation of church and State” that libertine Democrats always trumpet? It seems they only believe that lie when it is convenient for their purposes!!!—my addition) ‘Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.’ (He is right about that!!! The problem is, does he actually believe it or is this a convenience???—my addition) But he also challenges conservative Christians to ‘accept some ground rules for collaboration’ (Whose ground rules? His???—my addition) with those with whom they disagree.

Specifically, Obama believes conservatives should be willing to compromise on the issues of abortion and civil unions for homosexuals. (Doesn’t he really mean capitulate and reject and/or ignore the basic Biblical truth that both—the MURDER of unborn babies and homosexual practices—are GOD condemned sins!!!!!!!?—my addition) The candidate vigorously supports both.

In his political memoir The Audacity of Hope, Obama, 46, makes clear that his religious views, like his political ones, are progressive and liberal. (If he is a Christian, shouldn’t his religious views be to be obedient to GOD according to HIS will not according to his own views?—my addition) Nearly 20 years ago, he joined the United Church of Christ (UCC), a self-described ‘progressive’ denomination that was the first to openly ordain homosexuals. In 2005, the UCC passed a resolution supporting gay marriage. (Like other Democratic front-runners, Obama says he doesn’t support gay marriage, but advocates civil unions for homosexual couples.) [He may not advocate it now but homosexuals do. Do you think they will be satisfied with civil unions? If they achieve civil unions, you and I and they know that the next thing they will be demanding is homosexual marriage—they have mastered the art of incremental progression to achieve their ultimate goals. After marriage is allowed, they will no doubt attempt to achieve a lowering of the age of consent—you know the old “consenting adult” lie!!!—my addition]

Obama and his wife are long-time members of Trinity UCC, an 8,500 member congregation in Chicago that represents the largest predominantly black church in the denomination.

But Obama didn’t always identify himself as a Christian. The senator grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, raised by grandparents and a single mother who later remarried. Obama’s father, a Kenyan whom he met only a short time before his death, grew up a nominal Muslim but embraced atheism later in life. Obama’s mother encouraged her son to learn about all religions—he attended both Islamic and Catholic schools—but was skeptical of religious systems.

Obama embraced his mother’s skepticism and didn’t seriously consider religion until after college when he took a job as a community organizer for a group of inner-city churches in Chicago. He visited Trinity UCC on a Sunday morning in 1988 and heard pastor Jeremiah Wright deliver a sermon called ‘The Audacity of Hope.’ ‘And during the course of that sermon, he introduced me to someone named Jesus Christ,’ says Obama. ‘I learned that my sins could be redeemed.’

Obama says he embraced Christianity and was especially drawn to Wright’s emphasis on black liberation theology: The pastor interpreted the Bible as a story of struggles of black people and emphasized social justice. (I don’t know of any portion of the Bible that discusses the specifics of the “color” of people. The Bible discusses languages but I don’t know of any discussion of “color.” Where exactly are those passages of Scripture?—my addition)

‘Inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion’s den, (Daniel in the lion’s den is in the Bible. “Christians in the lion’s den” is not—my addition) Ezekiel’s field of dry bones,’ Obama wrote in his autobiography Dreams from my Father. ‘Those stories of survival, and freedom, and hope—became our story, my story.’

Obama’s story continued to unfold at Harvard, where he earned a law degree in 1991 and became the first black student to head the prestigious Harvard Law Review. (How did he get accepted into Harvard?—my addition) While practicing as a civil-rights lawyer and teaching constitutional law (As a constitutional law teacher you would think that he would know that the U.S. Constitution does not mandate a separation of church and State and that that same Constitution DOES NOT allow for the MURDER of unborn babies. You would think that he would know this!!!—my addition), Obama served in the Illinois state Senate for eight years. In 2004, he became just the third African-American elected to the U.S. Senate (This is somewhat misleading since his mother is Caucasian.—my addition) since Reconstruction, and his widely praised keynote address (praised by libertine Democrats and the libertine press—my addition) at the 2004 Democratic National Convention established him as a rising star (What legislative accomplishments has he achieved???—my addition) in the party.

Today when Obama speaks about faith, he still focuses on human struggle and the need for social change, but he doesn’t focus only on race. And since running for the White House he has distanced himself from his pastor’s political views: Wright often preaches in scorching terms about ‘the Great White West,’ and he declared that 9/11 was the result of violent American policies.”

(to be continued)


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