Why Evangelicals and other Christians should not vote for Obama

Read Obama’s Abortion Extremism, by Robert George.

The press reports that many pro-life people say they will be voting for Obama. The Obama message is that his social programs will reduce the need for abortions. In reality, Obama is the most pro-abortion senator, and the most pro-abortion presidential candidate, we have ever had, and all restrictions on abortion would disappear.

If you consider yourself even somewhat pro-life, read Obama’s Abortion Extremism before casting your ballot. In terms of the rights of the unborn, this election is indeed critical.

Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.

Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals-even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals – who aggressively promote Obama’s candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.

Robert George picks apart the Obama rhetoric about reducing the need for abortions through social programs, and goes through Obama’s statements and voting record, which includes the following:

  • Favors federal funding for abortions, which, according to the abortion industry could double the number of abortions in this country. And you and I would be paying for it.
  • Favors the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would sweep away existing restrictions on abortion through all nine months.
  • Opposed the ban on full term partial-birth abortions.
  • Opposed legislation that would protect children born alive during an abortion. Better to throw them in the trash can, according to Obama. The federal version of this legislation passed the senate unanimously before Obama was in the senate, receiving support from even the most ardent supporters of abortion.
  • Obama not only supports embryonic stem cell research on a large scale, he opposed spending on promising non-embryonic research programs that would have removed the ethical problems of using human embryos. “It is as if Obama is opposed to stem-cell research unless it involves killing human embryos.”
  • Obama opposes parental consent and notification laws (the school nurse cannot give a child a painkiller, but the girl can get an abortion without parental consent or notification)

Abortion is the most critical moral issue facing us. There are many other important issues, but we cannot take the giant step backwards that an Obama administration would bring.

The Republicans in the past thirty some years have not done all that the pro-life movement has hoped for, but it could have been much worse. An Obama administration, for all its talk about “hope,” would be a disaster for the most helpless ones in our society.

HT: Gene Edward Veith

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Rub’ al Khali

An image of sand dunes and interdune salt flats from Rub’ al Khali, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. This vast sandy desert covers large parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

This image was on NASA’s Image of the Day Gallery for October 20, 2008. Take a look at it there to see the image in its detailed glory.

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Clean coal

The phrase “clean coal” came up in all three presidential debates. So what is clean coal? The Christian Science Monitor has a brief article describing the concept. The concern now, of course, isn’t just that burning coal releases acid-rain causing sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, or that burning coal is a major source of mercury contamination, or that surface mining of coal is rather hard on landscapes and water. The concern is that burning coal releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The idea behind “clean coal” is to take the CO2 produced by combustion of coal, and to inject it underground for long-term storage. This has been tested on a small scale, but never been tested on a large scale.

Coal, being particularly abundant in the United States, is likely to be a key part of our energy future for quite some time.

Read more about it at What is ‘clean coal’ anyway?

Both McCain and Obama support the development of clean coal technology.

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Granite tables and countertops

McDonalds restaurants in Romania are superior to McDonalds in the U.S.A. The food is better, the service is better, they ask which Happy Meal toy your child wants, and… the tables are made out of beautiful SOLID GRANITE!

If it weren’t for “Super Size Me,” these tables would be enough to make any geologist eat at McDonalds every day. I didn’t eat there every day, but occasionally I would be there with students, and I would be sure to point out the granite tables. I would point out the potassium feldspar, quartz, amphiboles, and accessory minerals. I would show them the zoning in the feldspar crystals, and tell them that each mineral grain had a story to tell. I’d also point out that the table was probably somewhat radioactive, but at a level low enough that they really didn’t have to worry about it.

Earth Magazine has an article on this same topic: Granite Countertops: NOT Silent Killers.

Granite does contain elevated levels of uranium and thorium, and it releases tiny amounts of radioactive radon gas, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco. But the radiation emitted by granite is generally at a level well within safety limits, and it is good to test your home for radon whether or not you have granite in the kitchen, as naturally-occuring radon seeping up from the ground is a greater risk than granite countertops. I wouldn’t recommend sleeping on a granite slab in an enclosed box every night for twenty years, but you are far more likely to die from the Big Macs and fries that are served on the granite table than from the radiation that table emits.

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