alankeyes-barackobama.jpgby Carder
Edward T. Oakes, S.J. asks in a First Things journal entry the burning spiritual question about our President:

Can Barack Obama be converted on abortion? The short answer to that question is: probably not.

Oakes mentions the April 29 press conference in which a reporter asked President Obama about his unfulfilled promise of passing FOCA as his first act as president. The president managed to give a mini-lecture, but not without displaying a bit of discomfort….


Rewind to The Audacity of Hope where Oakes analyzes Obama’s interaction with Alan Keyes on the abortion issue:

Despite having absolutely no chance of winning the election, Mr. Keyes nonetheless rattled Mr. Obama… as the future president describes in this telling passage:

Christ would not vote for Barack Obama,” Mr. Keyes proclaimed, “because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved.”

Oakes claims:

This wasn’t the first time that Mr. Keyes had made such pronouncements…. One Republican colleague of mine in the state senate provided me with a blunt explanation of their strategy: “We got our own Harvard-educated conservative black guy to go up against the Harvard-educated liberal black guy. He may not win, but at least he can knock that halo off your head.”

What should have been a hands down, don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff home run for Obama ended up nagging him, as he states in his autobiography:

… as the campaign progressed, I found him [Keyes] getting under my skin in a way that few people ever have. …his readings of Scripture put me on the defensive.
Mr. Obama says he’s a Christian, but he supports the destruction of innocent and sacred life.
What could I say? That a literal reading of the Bible was folly? That Mr. Keyes, a Roman Catholic, should disregard the pope’s teachings?

Oakes articulates something that I have felt all along: that when it comes to abortion, Obama’s authentic position is not a source of public pride for him. He would prefer to cross his arms, blink his eyes, and POOF!
Talk economy, foreign policy, and other topics with our president, but bring out the abortion hammer and we get an amusing song and dance every time.
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