Barack Obama didn't outshine John McCain this weekend the way many anticipated he might at the "Faith Forum" held by influential evengelical leader Rick Warren. McCain, no religious candidate by any measure, came out running on the matter of "confronting evil."
It was a missed opportunity for Obama, who has been under fire lately, by parties on the right on the matter of his commitment to "christian values" and particularly the right to life. Indeed, prominent members of the right have made concerted effort in the past two weeks to paint Obama a "baby-killer" because of his pro-choice position on abortion rights.
The most interesting salvo came from the political arm of the religious group "Focus On The Family." According to a KMGH, Channel 7 News report, the ABC affiliate in Denver, Focus on The Family Action quickly pulled from a video its website starring its digital director, Stuart Shepard. The video features Shepard calling on Christians to pray for God to deliver a torrential rain storm on Denver the night Obama is scheduled to give his acceptance speech at Denver's Invesco Field. He hoped for flash-flood warnings and swamp intersections tht would prevent television cameras from covering the speech.
In the video, Shepard said:
I'm still pro life, and I'm still in favor of marriage as being between one man and one woman...And I would like the next president who will select justices for the next Supreme Court to agree.
Here is the video:
But this is not the only salvo fired recently on the Obama as pro-abortion advocate theme. Pat Buchanan wrote this in a piece published on Townhall.com:
...not only is Barack the most pro-abortion member of the Senate, with his straight A+ report card from the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood. He supports the late-term procedure known as partial-birth abortion, where the baby's skull is stabbed with scissors in the birth canal and the brains are sucked out to end its life swiftly and ease passage of the corpse into the pan.
Before any devout Catholic, Evangelical Christian or Orthodox Jew votes for Obama, he or she might spend 15 minutes in Chapter 10 of Freddoso's "Case Against Barack." For if, as Catholics believe, abortion is the killing of an unborn child, and participation in an abortion entails automatic excommunication, how can a good Catholic support a candidate who will appoint justices to make Roe v. Wade eternal and eliminate all restrictions on a practice Catholics legislators have fought for three decades to curtail?
Adding to this theme, published the same day on the Townhall.com site was another piece by Townhall's national political reporter, Amanda Carpenter, that also went after Obama on his stance related to this issue:
Newly discovered documents from the Illinois state archives prove Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has lied about his opposition to legislation requiring health officials to provide care to babies who survived abortion as an Illinois state senator.
This seems to be a theme we will be hearing a lot about in the weeks and months ahead.