I have to hand it to Rick Warren. Many of his questions last night to presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were very good. This one was the best:

“At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?”

Very simple. But Obama wouldn’t answer it. He wouldn’t even confer human rights to newborns. He couldn’t even say, “at birth,” which should be the pro-abortion position of all but the Peter Singers in the world.
Obama responded…

Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.

“Above my pay grade”? And this man wants to be president?

That was an amazing statement. But Obama couldn’t commit to saying even newborns have human rights, you see, because he knew that would give Warren the opening to ask about Obama’s opposition to the ILBorn Alive Infants Protection Act.

Obama should reread his own book, Audacity of Hope, for he had an answer for Warren there (pg. 53, hardcover edition):

… [T]he essential idea behind the Declaration – that we are born into this world free, all of us; that each of us arrives with a bundle of rights that can’t be taken away by any person or any state without just cause; that through our own agency we can, and must, make of our lives what we will – is one that every American understands.

No, there is one American who doesn’t understand that, incredibly the writer of that statement.

Even then Obama got it wrong. He had just quoted from the Declaration “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Created equal. Endowed by their Creator. Life. But I digress.

At least in Audacity Obama was willing to commit to rights at birth, something he can no longer do because he’s being painted into a corner by his opposition to Born Alive.

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