At least they're being consistent. Remember earlier this week when fundamentalists opposed efforts to go beyond gays and choice issues to fight poverty and disease? Okay, now they are talking about poverty and disease—specifically, about HIV/AIDS at an evangelical summit—but are outraged that the pro-choice Barack Obama has been invited to speak.
Obama is one of nearly 60 speakers scheduled to address the Global Summit on AIDS and the Church at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The base is not pleased. Phylis Schlafly and other extremists wrote an open letter criticizing Obama's pro-choice stance and his support for condom distribution—as opposed to flawed, abstinence policies—to respond to AIDS.
Conservative evangelical Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council, flooded in-boxes with this press release: "Senator Obama's policies represent the antithesis of biblical ethics and morality, not to mention supreme American values."
To his credit, Rev. Warren has defended his decision and Barack Obama will speak on Friday. But why the opposition? The senator is just speaking at the summit, he's not addressing the congregation. It's amazing to compare the compassionate message of Obama's denomination—the United Church of Christ—with the hatred evangelism of these fundamentalists. Either they want to fight AIDS or they don't. A new survey says conservatives don't care about the epidemic ... and making these silly pre-conditions to discuss the topic is proof.
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