Thursday, April 17, 2008

Compassion Forum Criticized

We reported on the Compassion Forum on Monday regarding Obama and Clinton's comments regarding abortion which was a major topic of the forum.

Now this on some backlash amongst religious leaders regarding the forum...

David Brody reported at his blog for CBN:

"Yesterday, I put up an email from Tony Perkins, the head of the pro-family conservative FRC Action group. He took issue with The Compassion Forum. Read his email here.

Well, the folks over at Faith and Public Life who sponsored the Forum are taking issue with Perkins email. Read part of it below. You can read the whole response here.

"Perkins claimed that he was not invited to the Forum. In fact, Perkins was invited to attend the Forum AND the VIP reception for faith leaders held beforehand. He never responded to the invitation.

Perkins called the Compassion Forum's board "radical." In fact, The Compassion Forum Board of religious leaders includes numerous conservative leaders: the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the president of the Palmetto Family Council, and the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, just to name a few. Moreover, as Perkins acknowledged, The Compassion Forum was endorsed by Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rick Santorum. Perkins ignored that the Forum took place at Messiah College, an evangelical college in rural Pennsylvania, and will be broadcast on the Church Communication Network to more than 1,000 churches next Sunday.

Perkins claimed that "the bulk of last night's program was taken directly from the playbook of the Religious Left, focusing not on the issues closest to Christians' hearts but on climate change, AIDS, and global poverty." Poll after poll shows that climate change, AIDS and global poverty are moral priorities for evangelical Christians. Moreover, Perkins' claim ignored the Forum's extensive and thoughtful discussion of abortion. Both candidates were asked if they believed life begins at conception and Senator Obama was asked two additional questions related to abortion."

Read the rest on this at David's blog.

Did you see the Forum? What did you think?

I think we shouldn't let this distract from what the candidates said at the forum regarding the issues.


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