Sunday, April 13, 2008

Clinton, Obama hold "Compassion Forum" in PA on CNN

CNN hosted a 90 minute live “Compassion Forum" at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA tonight (April 13, 2008), in which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were “interviewed” separately about matters of faith and values.

Hillary Clinton, dressed in yellow, opened with a comment that she understands that the world of religious faith is what gives life meaning to some people, and defines who they are. Both candidates indicated that “church and state” has led to “false debate” as to whether religious values belong in politics.

When Hillary Clinton was asked about “life beginning at conception” she mentioned her study of China’s “one child per family” policy, and Romania’s “baby mill” policy under Communism, both of which led to underground abortions. Hillary said that “the potential for human life begins at conception.”

Hillary didn’t try to answer “why bad things happen to good people.”

Barack Obama recognized the need for each of us to be “our brother’s keeper.” Earlier he has said that many working people simply want to be “listened to.”

Obama said that he could accept the idea that God created the world in six days, but a day was not necessarily measured as “24 hours,” because of relativity of for no other reason. Obama insisted that science and religion both had legitimate places in his thinking.

The New York Times has a story on the Forum Monday April 14 by John M. Broder, "Democrats Wrangle over Words, Beliefs", here.

Pictures: 1889 Flood impacted area of Johnstown, PA.

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