Obama in Ohio: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions
Obama working hard to win the Catholic and evangelical vote here in Ohio:
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him "less Christian."(emphasis and editorial commentary added)
"I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state," said Obama. "If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans." [ED.: So, the Obamessiah gets to decide not only that the Sermon on the Mount gives license to same-sex "unions"/"marriage", but to decide which parts of our Bibles mean something and which parts don't? Never mind the fact that traditional Catholic (and therefore Christian) teaching on the matter is based not merely on Scripture, but also on Natural Law.] (Hear audio from WTAP-TV) St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans condemns homosexual acts as unnatural and sinful.
The passage from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, which Obama dismissed as "obscure," discusses people who knew God but turned against him.
On the topic of abortion, Obama said his support for keeping it legal does not trespass on his Christian faith.
"I think that the bottom line is that in the end, I think women, in consultation with their pastors, and their doctors, and their family, are in a better position to make these decisions than some bureaucrat in Washington. That's my view," Obama said about abortion. "Again, I respect people who may disagree, but I certainly don't think it makes me less Christian. Okay." (Hear audio from WTAP-TV)
Last Thursday, ... as reported by Cybercast News Service, Obama published on his Web site an "open letter concerning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) equality in America."
In that letter, Obama said he favored same-sex unions that were equal to marriage--including adoption rights--and that he was open to states codifying same-sex marriages.
"As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws," Obama said in the letter. "I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples--whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage."
In Ohio on Sunday, before mentioning the Sermon on the Mount, Obama insisted he was against "gay marriage" and did not mention his support for allowing same-sex couples to adopt children and have the same "family" status as heterosexual couples. [ED.: Of course not. He's still trying to hoodwink ... errrr ... win over Catholic and evangelical voters.]
Before discussing his views on same-sex unions and abortion, Obama told the crowd he was a "devout Christian." [ED.: Well then, that makes it all okay.]