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February 12, 2009

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Celebrating Lincoln, who ’reduced’ slavery

Slavery Today we honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln, who worked tirelessly and successfully to reduce slavery. Under his leadership, Congress passed laws requiring more humane treatment of enslaved persons, proper slave health care, and preventing slave owners from separating slave familes. Lincoln is also remembered for his insistence that all slave children be taught to read and write.  

Under Lincoln's leadership, in a stunning show of bipartisanship, abolitionists joined with those who were pro-choice on slavery to find "common ground": Both sides agreed to offer government grants to poor, struggling farmers to hire free laborers instead of slave labor; both sides also agreed that no slave should be forced to work more than 12 hours per day, six days a week. Lincoln signed off on these efforts rather than fight for the total abolition of slavery because, as he famously said, determining the humanity of Africans was "above my pay grade."

"This much we know," Lincoln proclaimed. "There is no God who condones enslaving innocent Africans. Nevertheless, we must not impose our morality on slave-owners."

Lincoln also made good on his campaign promise to "reduce slavery" by signing an executive order that allowed for the funding for groups overseas committed to promoting slavery and capturing Africans. 

Through such compromises, a costly war was averted, and Americans were relieved of the endless, tiresome quarrelling over this divisive issue. Yes, there were a few hardcore holdouts who insisted that all slaves ought to be freed--they tried to run newspaper ads to this effect, but editors usually refused to print them, especially if they featured pictures of slaves in chains, looking miserable. After all, everybody knew the vast majority of slaves were well-treated. Abolitionists also continued to picket slave auctions, but moderates passed a "bubble zone" that forced abolitionist extremists from coming closer than 100 feet to auction sites. 

In time, the majority of Americans believed that the laws on slavery were "about right," and moved on to other, more important issues--such as abolishing the wearing of corsets, which were deemed unhealthy for women.  

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Lincoln and Darwin: The big 200

2_3_2009_header Today is the bicentennial of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. As I noted a while back, there are plenty of comparisons being made between the two because of their shared birthday. (Besides the Hitchens article I mentioned in the earlier post, see also here, here, here, and here -- and that's just a sample. And don't miss today's BreakPoint commentary, where Chuck Colson throws Mendelssohn, who turned 200 earlier this month, into the mix.)

On the other hand, over at tothesource, Dr. Benjamin Wiker (author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World and co-author of A Meaningful World) has a thought-provoking piece that examines the contrasts, not between the two men themselves, but between their underlying philosophies and where those philosophies would lead:

But most important, both hated slavery. In the years just before and after the publication of his famous Origin of Species, Darwin was fervently reading the daily news accounts of the slave issue in America. When the Civil War broke out, he threw himself into cheering for the North. "Great God how I should like to see that greatest curse on Earth, Slavery, abolished!" He wanted the North to "proclaim a crusade" against it. He was, in fact, morally outraged at what he thought were Lincoln's half-way policies. . . .

But here we meet with a great irony. Charles Darwin, the man who hated slavery with a passion, put forth a theory of man that completely supported it. For Darwin, natural selection had to explain everything—everything including human beings. The problem in making man just another animal was that anything that was natural for an animal could be natural for man as well, including slavery.

Read more -- including what Wiker has to say about the warning given to Darwin by the son of the great abolitionist William Wilberforce.

(Image © tothesource)

February 10, 2009

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February 09, 2009

Good reads for Black History Month

Steele A symposium at NRO suggests some thought-provoking books about the African-American experience. Click here to see their picks and the reasoning behind them.

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February 03, 2009

Adoption for a new generation

Last summer I wrote about my friend Wendy Bilen's book, Finding Josie, about her grandmother's experiences taking in children in need. Since then, inspired by Josie's example, Wendy and her husband have started the adoption process for a daughter of their own. Wendy has a story about the lessons that she and her family are learning from interracial adoption, at UrbanFaith.com.

My daughter was initially shocked when she learned that her new parents were White. She had assumed we would be Black. She was hesitant at first, afraid we would make her talk a certain way and listen primarily to Beethoven. We explained that we did not want to make her into something she's not, that it would be a both/and proposition of retaining the best of what she brings with her and being exposed to even more. Slowly we are blending, and I am transforming from a White mother into Mommy.

Read more.

January 22, 2009

’Sometimes we’re called for a long fight’

Brownback.jpg Senator Sam Brownback recounted the story some of you might remember from the film Amazing Grace, where William Wilberforce was close to a victory over slavery until someone slipped opera tickets to his allies on the day of the vote -- and he was in for another 20-some years of fighting. He also mentioned the story from John 5 of the man who was ill for many years before Jesus healed him. We can lament that "We were so close" to victory; we can wonder why God would take so long to act; but in the end we have to recognize that "sometimes we're called for a long fight," and refuse to give up.

(Image © Gina Dalfonzo)

Hard questions

Mosteller2b Here I am at Blogs4Life, where Reverend Samuel Mosteller of Pro-Life Unity just delivered a sobering talk about some of the internal discussions and questions the pro-life movement needs to be raising. Among other things, we need to figure out why we're not reaching the black community with our message -- leaving them unaware of the "invisible . . . black genocide" within their own communities -- and how we can more effectively do that.

The subject came up of an ostensibly pro-life Georgia legislator who was heard saying that without abortion, "we will be overrun by black babies," an account confirmed by another conference attendee and also by a quick Google search. (The same search also turned up reactions by some who thought the timing of that revelation, and possibly the revelation itself, ill-advised. Perhaps it's not so surprising that we're having trouble reaching the black community.)

Obviously, that's an extreme example. But all of us need to be asking ourselves some of the questions that Rev. Mosteller raised. Not just the question about how to reach the black community, but also this one: If abortion were to end today, how many of us would reach out and help the mothers and families in need? And this one: "Are we going to be ideologues for one party or another, or are we going to stand for righteousness and justice?"

(Image © Pro-Life Unity

January 21, 2009

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Posting may be sporadic tomorrow, as I'll be attending Blogs4Life downtown. (I believe you can watch the webcast at that link.)

Random, Post-Inaugural Thoughts

Bushes Obamas Some random musings on the day after....

That sea of humanity that crowded the national Mall yesterday left behind a sea of garbage. They want Obama to change the world, but they won't help by picking up their own trash?

Rahm Emmanuel was caught on camera blowing raspberries and making a "nah, nah, nah" gesture at someone yesterday. Gosh, I'm so glad to know a mature, dignified man like him is our new president's closest adviser. 

Supporters of Bush Derangement Syndrome were out in droves yesterday as they booed Bush, Cheney, and even their wives. (Profanity in comments at link.) Someone evidently forgot to teach them that we are supposed to respect the office even if we don't respect the person holding that office. As much as I disliked Clinton, I can't imagine being that rude. It was just more evidence that we're becoming a nation of crass, tasteless boors. 

I don't usually pay much attention to fashion, but I really liked Michelle Obama's dresses: the yellow one she wore for the Inauguration, and especially the white one she wore to the balls. She, the president, and their daughters are a beautiful family. 

I loved the black woman interviewed by one reporter yesterday who said, "My son will not have to be a basketball player or a rap singer.... Now, he can be president."   

What random musings have you been having?

(Image © Saul Loeb for the AP)

I voted for a black president before you did

Keyes Alan Keyes in the 2000 primary.

I did not vote for him because he was black. If there's a good moral argument for selecting candidates on the basis of race or rhetoric, I've never heard it (and cannot imagine it).

Ideology, character, policy positions ... this is the stuff of elections. Alan Keyes had these in spades, whatever fun the late-night comics (geniuses, they) may have had with him.  

Frankly, he spanked the GOP contenders in the 2000 presidential primary debates. They had no answer for the man; he was clearly above them in his policy knowledge, philosophical depth and impromptu communication skills. As a grad student in the audience of his speech and Q&A session at William & Mary in 2000, I was mightily impressed.

This past presidential election, unfortunately, seemed to be all about race and rhetoric.

Celebrating a post-racial society is a very, very good thing. It is my own opinion that we've at least been in the vicinity of post-racial America for over a decade. A core promise of President Obama's campaign was to cement that reality. If President Obama delivers on that promise -- one of the promises that will define success or failure for this President -- then, for that reason anyway, I welcome his presidency.

(Image © Renew America)

January 20, 2009

The Faces

Inauguration I saved the front page of the Washington Post from November 5, 2008, because I loved the below-the-fold picture. It features African Americans at an Obama victory party looking up at a television screen as Obama goes over the top, electorally speaking. One young man is laughing with joy; an older man looks as if he doesn't quite believe his eyes; two women, both close to tears, are embracing while a smiling young man behind them is holding his hands over his ears.

When I saw the picture the day after the election, I thought: "If Norman Rockwell were alive today, and decided to paint a picture illustrating this moment in history, this is what he would have painted: Black faces, young and old, laughing and crying with joy."

I'm thinking of those faces today, and I wonder if they're somewhere downtown, along the parade route, cheering the Obamas as they slowly make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue. But I'm also thinking about other African American faces--faces of those who volunteered with me at McCain headquarters, grimly making call after call after call to get out the vote for the other candidate, who happened to be white.

A lot of people voted for Barack Obama mainly because he was black. A lot of people voted for Hillary Clinton simply because she was female. And, undoubtedly, a lot of people voted for John McCain because he was white--that is, the non-black candidate. And eight years ago, probably a lot of people voted for, or against, Al Gore because his running mate was Jewish.

I can't help feeling it's a wonderful day when a largely white country elects its first black president. But I also look forward to the day when every American votes for a candidate based on his or her views, character, and abilities, not his skin color, gender, or religion--just like those African Americans who sat beside me at McCain headquarters last fall, doing their darnedest to elect John McCain.

(Image © The Washington Post)

A Chance Encounter

Inaugural oath As I was drinking a hot chai at the Atlanta Bread Company this morning, I happened to overhear a black grandmother talking on the phone about her daughter, who was attending the Inauguration. She was telling the person on the other end of the line about her daughter's glowing account of the festive and hopeful atmosphere in D.C. The grandmother said, "The tears just keep welling up in me this morning. I'm just so happy to see this day." 

I couldn't resist. When she was off the phone, I approached her and made some comment about what I had heard. I told her that, as a white American, I can appreciate the historical significance of this day, and celebrate just how far our nation has come in racial matters, but I know I can never fully understand what this day means to black Americans. She nodded in agreement, and when I told her that I'm praying for our new president, she thanked me. We spoke for a few minutes more, and then each went about our day.

I have many, many misgivings about our new president, based not on his race, but on several key issues. Time will tell whether God has allowed Mr. Obama to become our president as an instrument of cursing or blessing, of divine discipline or divine renewal. However, I want to be wise and gracious enough to realize what this day means to my fellow Americans whose skin tones are darker than my own. The election of our first black president gives them a hope for the future of their children and grandchildren that I've always enjoyed as a white American. I'm more than happy to see the day when it's their hope, too. 

(Image © Jim Bourg for Reuters)

January 19, 2009

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Teaching ’Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ in Africa

As an English teacher, I have taught Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" more times than I can count. Aside from its value as a landmark document on human rights from a Biblical worldview, it is quite simply one of the most perfect examples of an argumentation essay one can read, and therefore serves as a great model for students to emulate.

The most recent lesson took place in May 2008 while I was acting as a visiting teacher at Kankan University in Guinea, West Africa. The students had learned about Dr. King, but they had never had a chance to read this letter, or to hear from an American who was old enough to remember both segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. (You know you're getting old when you lived through the history lesson you're teaching!) It proved to be a wonderful occasion both to grieve over the darker aspects of America's history and celebrate just how far we've come as a nation. 

An analysis of the letter would take too long for this post, but I urge all our Pointificators to spend a few moments today reading Dr. King's remarkable words, penned in response to other clergymen who saw him only as a "trouble-maker," not as a man of deep faith who knew that God calls Christians to be counter-cultural. The distinction he draws between just and unjust laws -- and the way in which he personally modeled a Christian's responsibility in the face of unjust laws -- is one we all need to embrace.

January 16, 2009

A letter to the president-elect

Ron_jones1 Ron Jones, senior pastor at my church, has sent a letter to President-elect Obama,  and posted a copy on his blog. It's well worth a read.

(Image © Immanuel Bible Church)

January 15, 2009

Love Thy Neighbor’s Dried Fish

Picture 644 Loving their neighbors must be tough for these New York nuns, as they are up against a popular Filipino delicacy called tuyo (salty dried fish). According to the article, the nuns are suing a Filipino couple for cooking tuyo and another popular dish, tinapa (smoked dried fish). Both have a strong "foul" smell that all Filipinos love.

I’m Filipino, and this was a dilemma at our house too. We gave up on the dish some time ago out of courtesy for others. We can’t cook it indoors because it will stink up our condo and clothes, but can't fry it outdoors either because it will offend our neighbors (as happened with our next-door Filipino neighbor who fried fish last summer).

What do you think of the story and what would you do? Is this a racial issue, an ethical issue, or just an issue of respect?

(Image © 80 breakfasts)

January 12, 2009

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Some people need to get lives

I'm sorry, but there's just no other way to describe this.

January 07, 2009

Civil Rights--What Does It Mean?

Crystal Dixon was wrongfully fired by her employer, the University of Toledo, because of her private opinion. In this video, she explains what civil rights really means. 

December 10, 2008

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December 02, 2008

Race relations: Right back where we started?

160_ap_obama_0811242 That didn't take long. Barely a month after the presidential election, the Washington Post editorial page ran two gigantic side-by-side headlines announcing "I'm Not Post-Racial" and "He's Not Black." The second article, despite the sensational title, at least has something like a valid point -- most of our racial categories are too simplistic to take into account our complicated heritages -- but the first reads as if its author is scrambling for something to gripe about (which, granted, is not an unusual attitude for the Post): "The term post-racial itself has become disconcerting. It means moving beyond something -- and I don't want to move beyond everything it suggests. . . . My aim is not for us to be post-racial but to embrace our cultural heritages while refusing to be confined by them."

Oh. Well, that clears that up.

(Image © Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

December 01, 2008

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Posting will be light (but not totally nonexistent) on Thursday and Friday. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2008

Cognitive dissonance

Voting2 At first, I thought Sophia A. Nelson's article about the tense relationship between the black community and the Republican party was a very good, thoughtful piece. But she lost me with "that [party's] message . . . 'has gotten swallowed up by a social conservative agenda that seems obsessed with religion, guns and abortion.'"

Especially when she then went on to advocate that Republicans reach out to black churches. With a religion-free message? Talk about cognitive dissonance! The Republican party's problem with minority outreach isn't that its social policies are unacceptable to the majority of African Americans. (Remember this statistic?) It's that the Republican party has failed to connect with those voters and help them see just how much the two groups have in common on social issues. It's a matter of communication, not substance.

And yet somehow Ms. Nelson has the odd idea that a party can reach new voters by jettisoning stances, priorities, and ideas that matter to those very voters. She ends her article with "The Republican Party has to find its soul again." But you don't gain a new soul by selling the soul you already have.

November 24, 2008

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November 12, 2008

Aren’t you glad . . .

. . . that we've defeated racism in this country?

(Note: Profanity and vulgarity; a few suggestive ads on page)

November 11, 2008

WWOD?

When Principal Kim Sims of Chicago's Bouchet Math and Science Academy used to talk to kids about misbehavior, one favorite line was, "How would your parents feel about this?''

But these days, Sims is using another approach.

"I ask them, 'How do you think Barack Obama would feel about this?' " Sims said.

Rosalind Rossi, "'Just like us,'" The Chicago Sun-Times, November 10 (via Media Blog)

November 10, 2008

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Stimulating Moral Imagination

Cosbycast While everyone accounted for the Bradley Effect in voting, some folks didn't do enough accounting for "The Huxtable Effect," says columnist Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez:

"The Huxtable Effect," as I've coined it, speaks to the importance of images in popular culture -- TV, movies, music, books, etc. -- and formation of both a sense of self in viewers and, most importantly for our discussion now, a sense of others.

Social scientists have long shown the link between what children see in popular media and how they view the society those images purport to represent. . . .

In fact, it has been theorized that every major political movement in the United States has followed, by about two decades, a matching movement in the arts and pop culture.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s onward was predated by the Harlem Renaissance in literature and art, and the hyper-intellectual bebop movement in jazz, by about 20 years.

The women's rights movement that peaked in the 1960s and 1970s followed by about 30 years the Rosie the Riveter movement in American popular culture, which aimed to show strong women in movies and in music, spurring 6 million women to replace men at war in factory jobs.

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November 05, 2008

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November 04, 2008

Why Liberal Evangelicals Should Love McCain

When social conservatives, particularly evangelicals, click on John McCain’s website and read what it says under “Americans of Faith,” they see a lot of things to like: a decades-long pro-life voting record, a commitment to protecting traditional marriage, and a promise to pick judges who won’t make up the law as they go along.

But what about liberal evangelicals? Check out their websites—such as Sojourners—and you’ll find their top priorities are not abortion, or fighting same-sex “marriage,” but poverty-fighting and social justice.

Liberal evangelicals who think McCain is against social justice need to look at his website more thoroughly and consider that certain topics they might have ignored are actually very relevant to social justice. For instance, he's in favor of funding scholarships, charter schools, and tutoring for poor students stuck in bad public schools.

Social justice, anyone?

McCain also expresses concern about the 1.2 million businesses owned and operated by African Americans, and the two million Latino-owed businesses. Small businesses have, McCain notes, helped millions of Americans out of poverty, and “the first consideration we should have when debating tax policy is how we can help those companies grow and increase the prosperity of the millions of American families whose economic security depends on their success.”

Economic justice, in other words.

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October 30, 2008

I don’t need a sugar daddy, I need a Savior

Owens_book America is about to pick the man to lead us into the next four years, for better or for worse. Watching the daily news and opening each morning's newspaper on the Metro, I've spent some time considering the meteoric rise of Barack Obama. What caused a virtually unknown junior Senator to rise so rapidly to claim the attention of the media and to win his party's ticket for the presidential seat? Yes, he's charming and charismatic and has a beautiful family. But of his substance, we know little, and yet 49% of the country (according to the latest Gallup poll) is willing to elect him as President of the United States. What is creating such quick loyalty and trust? I think it boils down to an inherent need in our society.

We are watching our society collapse economically, morally, and politically. Wall Street alone in the past few weeks has kept many fear-stricken. It has also become increasingly difficult for parents to steer their children away from the moral erosion in our entertainment industry. Society is looking for a message of deliverance everywhere we look.

And thus, Obama's message of hope and change appeals to those looking for deliverance in some shape or form. But we are looking in the wrong place -- and this stands true no matter your political affiliation. We will not find the solution to society's ills in Barack Obama or John McCain or any other man.

Author and founder of Higher Standard Enterprises, Inc., William Owens, Jr., conducted his own little informal poll of black American voters, randomly asking those he saw with Obama stickers in their car and store windows why they were voting for him. In his book, Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts, he writes of his findings: "I will tell you flat out, most could not give me a good solid answer..." In fact, Owens was startled by the level of trust one young man was willing to place in a candidate he did not know. The young man proceeded to tell Owens that he felt an Obama presidency would improve his lot in life. When Owens asked him what he believed in, he shook his head and said, "Nothing really." This young man was ready and willing to put all his faith in one mortal man to change his life, because he had no belief system to sustain him.

An African-American and family man himself, Owens writes in his book:

Let's face it; we are likely headed for tough times in America...It's hard enough to feed, clothe and educate a family today, let alone worry about holding the line against a growing tide of negative and degrading output from an increasingly irresponsible entertainment industry...As Black American mothers and fathers, we must rethink whey we are voting for Barack Obama. If you are not spending quality time in the lives of your children, what exactly are you expecting Barack Obama to do?

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October 15, 2008

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October 08, 2008

More on the Racism of Financial Truth

Dow Well, this bailout is working nicely! We knew it would. I mean, if nationalized-slash-socialized business gets a country (and indeed the world) into a financial jam, then we certainly should expect that MORE of it will get us out. Right?

[Snarky comments as to "the definition of insanity" will be summarily dismissed, mind you...]

Of course, should you choose to observe the truth about what caused this financial mess, and who was involved in it, well, we know what that says about you, you racist.

Look, the truth is good: As Christians, any security we place in anything other than God is wholly misplaced. Thus, as individuals and as the Church, we continue to rely upon He who is the only solid Rock. And yet, especially for the sake of others, we should still find such injustice as the financial meltdown perpetrators' obfuscation and slander revolting.

(Image © Yahoo)

October 07, 2008

Disagree with me? You must be a racist!

I was still trying to figure out exactly how it could be considered racist to bring up the subject of William Ayers, who is white, when word came from Rep. Barney Frank that it is now also racist to blame Congress for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle. In case you've forgotten, Barney Frank is also white. Most of the rest of Congress is white as well. And so is the executive at Fannie Mae who was Rep. Frank's live-in partner while Rep. Frank just happened to be fighting regulation of that institution.

I'm all for fighting racism whenever and wherever it appears. But people who pull out that accusation like a trump card every time they think they're losing an argument, whether or not there's justification for it, and whether or not the argument even has any relevance to race, are doing neither themselves nor the cause of racial reconciliation any favors.

(Via Hot Air; some profanity in comments)

September 25, 2008

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September 15, 2008

Image matters

Waffles2 If we've learned anything from this roller-coaster ride of an election year, it's this: Images are important. Both liberals and conservatives have made use of that fact -- and yet, sometimes, we still don't get it. Abortion advocates don't get the power of the image of a Down syndrome baby who was allowed to live (and if you think we've gone on too long about Trig Palin's importance, look at the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the fact that some abortionists may lose their meal tickets because of him.)

And sadly, it appears that some people at the Values Voter Summit this past weekend didn't get the power and the hurtfulness of stereotypical racial images.

Whoever authorized the selling of this product probably didn't realize what they were doing. But that's just it. We've got to start realizing what we're doing in this regard. And frankly, I'm getting a little tired of hearing from some quarters (though generally not around here), "This country's gotten so politically correct you can't say anything anymore!" It's not about political correctness. It's about simple respect and courtesy. It's about stopping to think, "How would I feel if I were on the receiving end of the stereotype?"

I've disagreed with Edward Gilbreath of Reconciliation Blog about many things this election season, but on this issue he has a perfectly valid point: If conservatives want to reach out to minority groups, we've got to start understanding their concerns and respecting their dignity, not just thinking of them as some mysterious voting bloc we can or can't count on or work with for reasons we don't fully understand. If conservative Christians are going to throw around verses like "There is neither Greek nor Jew . . . slave nor free," we have to mean it, and live it.

(Thanks to PFM correspondent Thom Gagné for the tip.)

September 09, 2008

’Population Control’ by Steven Mosher

Population_control In case you missed the series, Chuck Colson and Mark Earley commented recently on "BreakPoint" about Steven Mosher's newest book, Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits.

Read them here, and share your thoughts.

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September 05, 2008

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August 28, 2008

Wiping Tears From Her Eyes

I just passed a TV set on which I watched a campaign ad by Senator McCain congratulating Senator Obama for his historic win. He said something along the lines of "Tomorrow, of course, we'll be back at it, but for today--congratulations."

Class act, I'm thinking. And....it also speaks to what I've been feeling the last few days. I think--as Point readers may have guessed--that Obama is a terrible candidate and would be bad for America. Everything about running this country, I think, is above his paygrade, not just abortion decisions. And yet--I can't help being excited, too. It really is a huge, huge thing that a major political party has nominated an African American presidential candidate. It makes me proud.

One of the networks last night, covering the Dem convention, kept focusing on an elderly black woman wiping tears from her eyes. That will be one of my enduring images of the 2008 presidential campaign. 

And now, to get back at it.....

August 27, 2008

Re: Pray for the candidate

The verdict seems to be that the alleged plotters posed "no credible threat" to Senator Obama and will face only gun and drug charges. Thank God for that -- but all the same, let's not let up on the prayers.

August 26, 2008

Pray for the candidate

As NRO's Jim Geraghty says, this plot sounds serious. Please keep Senator Obama and his family in your prayers this week, and for the rest of the campaign.