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Obama's audacity

Campaign 2008 | Candidate seeks-and gets-cover pro-life Democrats

Issue: "Food fight," May 3, 2008

We've heard about Barack Obama's hope from his bestselling book The Audacity of Hope. Now we are getting a glimpse of his audacity.

As the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody first reported, Obama has decided to go after two constituencies that have mostly voted Republican in recent years-Roman Catholics and Protestant evangelicals. The Obama campaign has formed the "National Catholic Advisory Council," co-chaired by Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and former Democratic Congressman Tim Roemer of Indiana, both Roman Catholics.

Obama has said that while he strongly favors "a woman's right to choose," he is open to hearing other opinions. That's nice, but hearing and acting are two different things. And why are two pro-life Catholics giving moral cover to Obama who, when he had the chance, did not even join with several of his Democratic Senate colleagues in voting to ban the horrid practice of partial-birth abortion, in which the brains of a fully developed baby are extracted as the child emerges from the womb?

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How can a Catholic in good conscience endorse someone who violates a basic tenet of the Catholic Church? The lust for power and position, apparently, has become so strong that some people are willing to sell not only their own souls, but also the beating hearts of unborn children to the highest political bidder.

Obama also wants to repeal the military's carefully crafted compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which allows homosexuals to serve in the military, as long as they don't reveal their sexual orientation. And Obama favors same-sex "unions." Though he might call them something other than marriage, he would allow all of the benefits government conveys on heterosexual married couples to be given to same-sex partners. This, too, runs afoul of Catholic Church doctrine.

How much more cynical can politics get? Obama knows he would never have a prayer of getting the nomination were he anything but pro-choice, but he makes nice with a couple of pro-lifers who ought to know they have zero chance in moving Obama from his radical position.

© 2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Cal Thomas
Cal Thomas

Cal, whose syndicated column appears on WORLD's website and in more than 500 newspapers, is a frequent contributor to WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It. Follow Cal on Twitter @CalThomas.

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