The View From 1776
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Senator Obama Can’t Fool Everybody
Read Naomi Schaefer Riley’s essay Left Behind: Evangelicals Haven’t Embraced the Democrats’ Agenda.
Mr. Obama has tried to have his cake and eat it too when it comes to faith in this election. He has touted his spiritual journey, most recently in the current issue of Newsweek, but has then said that he didn’t go to church often enough to hear his pastor’s outrageous sermons. He has accused the right of politicizing religion but has acknowledged in his memoirs that he picked his church based on his “community organizing” goals. And now he says that he won’t pick a new church until after the election. Most sincerely religious people would find this odd, to say the least.
Mr. Obama certainly uses more biblical references in his speeches than John Kerry or Al Gore ever did. But evangelicals may not be as gullible as the Democratic elites make them out to be. Mr. Obama’s 100% approval rating from Naral, the abortion-rights organization, his support of the California Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision and his desire to pull out of Iraq no matter the cost to American security may tell religious people—especially evangelicals—all they need to know.