Suffer the little children…

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John Cole, Scranton, PA Times-Tribune

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Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama answered questions put to them in separate interviews last night by “Pastor Rick” Warren. Topics included abortion, same-sex marriage and questions about their personal lives.

When asked what Supreme Court Justice he would not have nominated, Obama answered Clarence Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the highest court, and Anton Scalia.

“I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist and legal thinker at the time” to be elevated to that position, Obama said.

A very polite assessment for a supreme Court Justice with no opinions, who basically functions as a door stop.

Asked to list the three wisest people he knows, McCain immediately answered Gen. David Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US military forces in Iraq as the first person.

McCain added former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman, possibly as a means of boosting his economic policies, and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

Really? Ok…

Obama reaffirmed that he believes “marriage is between a man and a woman,” though he added that he would not support a constitutional amendment preventing gay marriage or civil unions.

Oy…I guess that’s as close as a presidential candidate will get to the subject before an election, without outright supporting the concept of same-sex marriage.

The Republican presidential hopeful…said he would support a federal marriage amendment to the constitution.

Of course he will. As long as you’re married to a person of the opposite sex, you can stomp all over the sanctity of marriage.

Responding to a question about America’s greatest moral failure, Obama said it was the country’s inability to help people disadvantaged, whether by poverty, a lack of health care or the same general advantages as others.

“There’s a pervasive sense I think that this country, as wealthy and powerful as we are, still don’t spend enough time thinking about the least of these,” he said.

This country does not have an “inability” to help the poor and disadvantaged, we simply DO NOT help them the way we should. That makes the problem worse, doesn’t it?

“America’s greatest moral failing was not devoting itself to causes greater than its self interest. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans should not have been told go to shopping” – a jab at President Bush – “but rather to commit themselves to service,” McCain said.

Nice jab at Bush, but overall a stunning statement made by the Senator from Arizona who hasn’t shown up for a vote in the Senate since April, 2008, and by a man who wants to be president so badly he has compromised every principle he ever stood for.

Can the pandering be over now?

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Article VI, Section 3, United States Constitution

Read more on Huffington Post.

UPDATE: When asked what Christianity means to them, the candidates offered the following:


“It means I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that I am redeemed through Him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis. I know that I don’t walk alone. But what it also means, I think, is a sense of obligation to embrace not just words, but also through deeds and expectations that God has for us. And that means thinking about the least of these – acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God.”

And McCain’s response:

“It means I am saved and forgiven.”

HT: katy on ThinkProgress