Obama’s “Faith, Family and Values Tour” to feature law prof who opposes same sex marriage

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From Pam’s House Blend:

The Christian Broadcasting Network is reporting that the Obama campaign next week will kick off”Barack Obama: Faith, Family, and Values Tour,”designed to woo the votes of left-leaning Catholics, progressive Evangelicals, and some conservative mainline Protestants. If LGBT people find the tour eerily reminiscent of the South Carolina gospel tour the campaign arranged last year with antigay “ex-gay” gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, their instincts may not be far off. CBN names Catholic legal scholar Douglas Kmiec as one of the religious surrogates who will hit the road stumping for Obama.

Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University law professor,   will be one of the “top faith surrogates” in Obama’s “Faith, Family, and Values Tour” that will be launched next week. Roxie at Roxie’s World describes her concerns with Kmiec’s positions in part as follows:

Just what the heck is wrong with Kmiec? Let us count a couple of ways. For starters, in a May column for Catholic Online, Kmiec justifies his support for Obama in part on the grounds that McCain’s opposition to abortion is not really a pro-life stance but a pro-federalism stance that isn’t really all that different from Obama’s putatively pro-choice stance — which Kmiec assures his Catholic readers is not really all that pro-choice because of Obama’s emphasis on personal responsibility and on reducing the number of abortions. Seriously, kids, we are not making this up. Go read Kmiec for yourself! He argues that the only genuinely pro-life position would be one rooted in “the natural law presuppositions in the Declaration of Independence.” …

… Then, because that just wasn’t creepy enough, Kmiec argued in June in the San Francisco Chronicle in support of the ballot initiative aimed at overturning same-sex marriage in California. His reasoning here makes the natural law argument of the earlier piece seem positively progressive. …

Cripes, Obama, why?

–Ann Bartow

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