Cal  Thomas

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has discovered "new documents" that it says prove that Obama "has for the past four years blatantly misrepresented his actions on the Illinois Born-Alive Infant Protection bill."

According to NRLC, as chairman of the Illinois state Senate committee, Obama "voted down a bill to protect live-born survivors of abortion - even after the panel had amended the bill to contain verbatim language, copied from a federal bill passed by Congress without objection in 2002, explicitly foreclosing any impact on abortion." Obama claims he voted against the bill because it was designed to undermine Roe vs. Wade, but NRLC says specific language was included in the measure to alleviate his concerns. It says he supported that language, but then led committee Democrats in voting against the amended bill and it was defeated by a 6-4 vote. (See NRLC for the full analysis.)

Obama links his faith to the role of government, frequently sighting the "inasmuch as you've done it unto the least of these, you have also done it unto me" statement by Jesus as justification for his government-as-redeemer philosophy. When politicians use faith as a tool of public policy, they risk encouraging too much faith in government and too little faith in God.

Rick Warren was right when he told CBN reporter David Brody, "I happen to be in the kingdom of God. My kingdom is not of this world. And sometimes when people don't understand that they want you to be on their political bandwagon."

Warren seems to have learned from the mistakes of those who preceded him and dabbled in the earthly kingdom, often to their and that other kingdom's detriment. The Saddleback Forum was a useful contribution to one kingdom and a reminder to evangelical Christians of the source and strength of their faith and hope. It shouldn't be in politicians.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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