Seeking to stem the loss of college-age supporters, Obama held a townhall-style meeting, broadcast on MTV, BET, and CMT. Not surprisingly, the issue of homosexuality came up, and the president was quick to show his support in an attempt to bolster his liberal support, heading into the mid-terms.
“I don’t profess to be an expert – this is a lay person’s opinion – but I don’t think it’s a choice,” he said. “People are born with a certain makeup. We are all children of God. We don’t make determinations about who we love.”
Actually, Mr. President, we do make determinations about whom we love and what we do, but that's a minor, albeit important, point in this discussion.
These remarks from Obama remind me of the presidential debate at Saddleback Church in 2008. During the course of the debate, Rick Warren asked both John McCain and Barack Obama when, in their opinion, a baby gets human rights. In other words, at what point should you not kill a baby? John McCain said a baby gets human rights "At the moment of conception." Great.
Rick Warren posed the same question the the current president. "At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?" Obama responded with a now-famous comment that was remarkable only in its evasiveness. He said, "Well, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."
Here's my question: When asked about homosexuality, Obama is more than happy to give his admittedly-unqualified opinion. But, when asked about abortion, Obama suddenly gets qualms about expressing a personal opinion, since he's not, you know, qualified. What's the difference between the two issues?
If Obama had integrity, he would've declined to answer about homosexuality at the MTV townhall. He would have said that he's not a scientist, doesn't study human sexuality, isn't a psychologist, or a theologian, so he's not qualified to speak to whether homosexuality is a decision or not. Just another instance where our president shows no integrity.
Posted by Elijah Friedeman