Obama on Faith and Morality
...Mr. Obama, a senator from Illinois, gave the most political answers [to questions on religious faith] of the trio, and the forum gave him a chance to clarify what some have said is an inconsistency in his position about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
When asked whether God takes sides in a war, Mr. Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln as saying that "we shouldn't ask whose side God is on, but whether we're on His side." He added there is evil in the world -- as seen in the September 11 terrorist attacks -- and said he sees it in the detention camp in Guantanamo and in the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.
Did he just draw moral equivalence between Sept 11 and Abu Ghraib? I think he did.
On Israel, Mr. Obama said Palestinians "have to recognize Israel's right to exist; they have to renounce violence and terrorism as a tool to achieve their political ends; they have to abide by agreements."
Islam regulates the Muslim making and breaking of treaties. All Presidential candidates should at least know that much by now.
He said "faith can inform what we do" both internationally and domestically.
"Faith can say, forgive someone who has treated us unjustly. Faith can say that, regardless of what's happened in the past, there's a brighter future ahead," he said.
Wrong again. Faith, hope and forgiveness are three separate words representing three separate concepts. This kind of fuzzy thinking about religion and morality just won't do, not in an age when we are challenged by an alien religion which uses the same words we do, but which mean very different things.
Posted on 06/05/2007 7:05 AM by Rebecca Bynum