As John McCain and Barack Obama head out to Saddleback to sit down with Rick Warren and avoid tough questions about Obama’s support for infanticide (yes, yes does support it, but Warren won’t be filled with enough of the Spirit to ask him about it), the Chicago Tribune is breaking news today with an exclusive about John McCain.
Sen. John McCain, who is known for his reticence and even discomfort invoking faith on the campaign trail, was once dubbed a “Hell’s Angel” for rioting against his captors in Vietnam in order to hold Sunday church services.
It’s a fascinating story and contrasts with Obama trying to wear his religion on his sleeve with Rev. Wright until it blew up in his face.
As for this weekend, I suspect McCain is getting set up by Rick Warren for abuse in favor of Obama. Paul Seale sent along this link.
Warren says he is going to get “Faith in Public Life” to help him come up with the questions to ask McCain and Obama. Who is “Faith in Public Life”? From the link:
Jim Wallis is **America’s foremost spokesman for the Religious Left**. Bob Edgar, of course, is the former head of the National Council of Churches. Catherine Pinkerton **sits on the Obama campaign’s Catholic Advisory Council**. Anybody see a pattern here? Just to drive the point home, consider the boards of directors and advisors of the FLP, which include such luminaries as:*Board of Directors president Meg Rlley, **Director of Advocacy and Witness for the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship**.*Elizabeth Letzler, member of the PCUSA’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee and the Israel-Palestine Network (i.e., **an Israel divestment proponent**). She’s also been “deeply involved” with FaithAmerica.org, an NCC outfit.*Nazir Khaja, a Muslim leader who also **sits on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights.***Fred Rotondaro, **a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress**, run by Bill Clinton’s ex-chief of staff John Podesta, which is basically a Democratic Party research organization.*Susan Thistlethwaite, president of the UCC’s Chicago Seminary, well-known to readers of this blog for her contributions to the Washington Post’s “On Faith” column.*Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society, **who also sits on the board (with Communist Party USA leader Judith LeBlanc) of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation**.
So don’t really expect serious questions related to faith and Christianity. These people are more interested in gay rights and abortion rights than evangelism.
Shame on Rick Warren for allowing them to participate and discredit what could have been a noteworthy event about faith in this race.
By the way, real social justice can only happen with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. But I suspect that won’t be the message coming out of this event.