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September 3, 2008

Conception

No comments on abortion from Sarah Palin tonight (at least according to the prepared remarks; she's speaking now). But it sure came up a lot tonight from the podium.

"America's hope is in a seasoned, strong leader in this dangerous world ... a President who knows in the core of his soul that human life begins at conception," said Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams.

Mike Huckabee had a similar comment: "It is not above John McCain's pay grade to grasp the simple fact that human life begins at conception, and he is committed to protecting it."

And GOP Chairman Michael Steele told the crowd, "John McCain knows we must empower working families and stand with them against the erosion of our constitutional rights, the corruption of our school systems, the weakening of our families and the taking of human life - born and unborn."

Comments

Yes,

Also no plans for special needs kids, just talk of having a voice. That's no help to us. Also she didn't mention her decision to cut aid to pregnant teenagers --- perhaps a foreshadow since she now seeks the presidency it will be my money that pays for her teenagers support.
Last, God teaches women are to be respectful. Tonight the strident disrespect was so callous and blatant only the darkest heart wouldn't see it. She belittled a man for deciding to "serve" his community as an organizer. This from the campaign that claims to want to inspire the country to serve. I say ENOUGH

I am voting Barack for President -- he had the decency to defend this piece of TPT and she turns and bites the grace extended her.

Go Barack

In a diverse world of evangelicals, I was shocked and disappointed by the white convention the GOP paraded as representative of America. Had there been diversity Palin would have heard how strident and disreptful her comments were to those who benefited from the servant leaders who organized communities in a self-less way.

Here at the convention, I was speaking with major pro-life leaders, who were -- of course -- enthusiastic beyond belief about the Palin speech. Their line: "She didn't need to utter the word abortion."

It's true -- Sarah Palin doesn't need to talk about the value of human life because she clearly demonstrates her feelings about the matter.

Mike, you aren't telling the whole story. Obama HAS been attacking Palin as not being qualified and belittling her service as a small town mayor compared to the big campaign he has run.

She simply compared that to Obama's community organizer experience. Moreover, most of us have absolutely no idea what a community organizer is ... from what I have learned in Obama's case it was a low-level operator in the Chicago Political Machine. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see that as being more valid service than even Palin's PTA days before she got into politics.

I have seen plenty of diversity in watching the convention ... both in the delegates and speakers. One of the prominent speakers last night was Michael Steele.

Moreover, if you look at Republican Leaders you will see even more diversity. This may surprise you but George W. Bush's cabinet has had a larger representation of women and minorities than even Clinton.

That said, I would love for the Republican Party to be more diverse, but it is awfully hard when socially conservative blacks continue to give their votes to Democrats in a 9 to 1 ratio.

Gideon,

You are wrong...perhaps if you were a little more curious you would find out that community organizers are hardworking passionate individuals who trade the chance of much higher paid jobs for the reward of helping ordinary people (many who live in poverty or economically stressed communities) stand up to the powers that be, whether business or government interests, and hold them to account as to their responsibilities to the community. Kind of like the Prophets of old. I know this firsthand as a member of a congregation who belongs to a faith based community organization. Our organizers do lead and do have a lot of responsibility. Sometimes it's not good enough just to feed the poor and clothe the naked, you also have to fight the injustices that cause such inequality in the first place. In any case, to see such an obviously privileged group as the RNC belittle such work is beyond contempt. It's also ironic that Mayors are often the people we hold to account as they are the first line of government whose policies affect local communities directly. Governors are also on our list. We all know that government is meant to be of the people and for the people but if it really were then we would have no need of Community Organizers at all.

I realize that Palin was 'handled' into giving the speech she did by the McCain crew - but it is very disappointing to see a Christian give such a caustic, harsh, and divisive speech. It is difficult to see someone who 'respresents the Christian community' politically trash others. I would have hoped for better behavior! Democrats and Republicans have differences that need to be thoughtfully discussed by Americans.

Sarah Palin has worked her own miracle. She has convinced my in-laws to vote for Obama.

Remember that Christians are ALWAYS supposed to play nice! PLEASE! Because Jesus ALWAYS played nice too! You brood of vipers! We are called to discrimnate (not racially) but between right and wrong! Barack's answer is government as the saviour! WRONG! Politics are viewed through your lense of your belief system. Therefore if you beliefs are wrong or misguided so can (not will) your political views be wrong. Freedom/salvation is the answer to the human condition and not government. Government is turning into a substitute for God.
And I supposed since I am white that I should also be punished for the hand that God dealt me? Or America is the greatest "sin"? Despite the good we have done for furthering the Kingdom of God?

THANK YOU ERIC FOR YOUR CLEAR COMMENTS! NOW IF ONLY HALF OF THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS WOULD "GET IT", AND QUIT WATCHING OPHRAH AND GETTING THEIR "PROGRESSIVE" VALUES FROM OUR CULTURE AND FROM THE WORKS OF "GREAT THINKERS" WHO DO NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEITY OF OF OUR SAVIOR AND LORD...WELL, WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY? WE HAVE BEEN WARNED, BUT SOMEHOW PEOPLE INTERPRET WARNING AND TRUTH AS NOT "NICE" AND NOT "POLITICALLY CORRECT". IN THIS CULTURE (AT LEAST THE CULTURE OF THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR LIVING OFF OF PROMOTING IDOLS OF THEIR OWN MAKING) THOSE OF US WHO DO DISCERN BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG, GOOD AND EVIL...WHO ACTUALLY KNOW THAT THERE IS SUCH TRUTH, MUST PRAY HARDER AND SPEAK UP IN THE WISDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR TRUTH. GOD WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST, THE WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE. AMEN

TO MIKE....WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION ABOUT SARAH PALIN'S PLANS? YOU DO NOT KNOW OF ANY TRUTH IN WHAT YOU SAID IN YOUR ABOVE
COMMENTS.

heather,
You are pathetic.