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Obama’s Sermon On The Mount

Tuesday, March 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

On yesterday’s program I played the audio of Senator Obama discussing same-sex civil unions, dismissing “an obscure passage in Romans,” and citing the Sermon on the Mount as support for his approach to gay rights issues. The exact quote:

I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don’t think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. 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. That’s my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.”

Most evangelicals will not be shocked at the prospect of a very liberal Democrat supporting same-sex civil unions guaranteeing a variety of rights between those couples entering into them. Many conservatives support similar laws provided they originate with legislatures, and are not decreed by courts.

But even liberal evangelicals are going to be scratching their heads of Obama’s approach to Scripture. The Baptist News picked up on the story yesterday, and it will travel.

“Godwin’s Law” warns against the use of Hitler or Nazi analogies in arguments. A second useful law: A candidate should never cite Scripture except with great specificity and unless he or she expects and desires to return to the subject and have every reference they used parsed over by millions of Bible readers.

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