The recent "interview" with John McCain and Barack Obama by Rick "purpose driven" Warren was a cultural spectacle for sure. I'm still processing the event and need to listen again before analyzing in blog form.
Two statements by the candidates did cause an immediate reaction in my thinking and I wanted very badly to follow up on them.
Obama's statement regarding when human rights begin-
"Whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective... answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade."
My response: Are you serious Barack? You want us to put you in the most powerful position in the world and you can't tell what a baby is? Seriously? You are asking America to give you final say over whether "the button" should be pressed but you can't discern when life begins? I'm not even asking you to say life begins at conception (though it clearly does), is it a baby in the third trimester when you still advocate allowing doctors to "terminate" it? Have you seen a baby just weeks before it's due date? Come on Barack! What a total cop out.
McCain's statement regarding when human rights begin-
My response: That's good John, thanks. But why do you support embryonic stem cell research then? Is political expedience the reason you oppose abortion but support embryonic stem cell research? What other decisions do you make on the basis of political expedience?