My good friend, and in many ways my mentor Hugh Hewitt has just posted this on his blog here at TownHall:
Rick Warren is catching some flak for inviting Senator Obama to a conference on AIDS, in Africa and around the world. Rick's a friend, so you can discount this if you'd like, but it seems to me that setting aside political differences --even on crucial issues like protecting the unborn-- is certainly appropriate when the focus is on the prevention of a deadly disease and relief for a epidemic devastated continent.
Warren has done far, far more for the lost and the least than 99.9% of Americans, and extending an opportunity for Senator Obama to speak at a conference on AIDs is not a mistake to corrected but instead an example to be followed.
It is hard for me to write and say the following things because of my deep and abiding respect for Hugh, he was the one who practically forced me to begin blogging, he elevated my visibility to the national scene by allowing me to be a regular fill in host for his nationally syndicated radio show a few years back. And whenever I am able, I always try to carve out time to meet with him whenever we are even close to being in the same region of the U.S.
But he's wrong. He's completely wrong...
Hugh may not be aware of Warren's actual denials and outright deceptions in his attempt to cover his tracks on the Syria issue from a couple of weeks back. But Hugh's two paragraph defense of Warren doesn't cut it on several layers.
Rick has convinced Hugh that allowing for "difference on the issue of abortion" will not impact the common good that can be achieved in striving for the prevention or eradication of HIV/AIDS. Yet it does! And to not say so betrays poor things about the mind of those who make such justifications.
The worldview that Obama has - shares nothing in common with biblically minded folks. And Obama's professed compassion for those at risk of HIV/AIDS is superficial at best - if Obama doesn't recognize the black genocide taking place in our nation's cities. Put another way - if Obama does not believe in the need to rescue the most innocent and vulnerable among us, if he instead believes that they are no worth fighting for. What insight could he have as to the need to save life half a world away. (Besides the fact that he's running for President and needs footage from America's most prominent evangelical auditorium...)
Hugh's defense of his friend Rick Warren (a man who has appeared, along with his wife -on my show raising needed monies to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS in cooperation with myself, and my listenrs) rests on the "good works" that Rick has done, and those in abundance.
But that speaks nothing of the wisdom, or the lack thereof inviting the most pro-death, and pro-homosexual Senator from the United States Senate to speak to Christian leaders, and Saddleback members on how he would solve the AIDS crisis. Obama is a vapid voice with empty morality on the issue. His political affiliation is irrelevant. It's a mute point.
If Hugh did not do his homework on just how bad Obama is on the matter - and why he should not have been embraced I would welcome his perusal of the plethora that I have supplied on it over the last couple of weeks.
I like Hugh, I have deep respect for him... but on this - he's just dead wrong.