Written by Sherry
Sunday, 24 August 2008 21:10
Abortion has already taken center stage at the Democratic National Convention.
At the Interfaith Gathering today, Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, called on presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to "follow through on his promise ... to reduce the number of abortions" while stopping just short of criticizing the Democratic Party for its support of the practice.
"Surely we cannot be pleased with ... millions of terminated pregnancies," Blake said to applause from the nearly full Wells Fargo Theater. "Something within us must be calling for a better way. If we do not resist at this point, at what point will we resist?"
Democrats must know about the "moral and spirtual pain so many of us feel because of this disregard for the lives of the unborn," Blake said.
In a speech focusing on society's responsibility to its children, Blake first focused on the plight of the inner-city poor as a human rights responsibility before calling abortion a practice "that conflicts with our position and our responsibility ... to human rights itself."
Blake also reserved some fire for pro-life Republicans -- comments that, either inadvertently or not, served as a response to three anti-abortion protesters who were evicted early in the event after disrupting the gathering with shouts that Obama is "a baby killer."
Although Blake intimated he was frustrated with his party's support of abortion, he praised its positions for the helpless in other ways.
"Others loudly proclaim their advocacy for the unborn," he said, receiving a standing ovation, "but they refuse to recognize their responsibility and the responsibility of our nation to those who have been born.
Two dozen major religious leaders have been invited to address the DNC but Denver's Archbishop Chaput is not among them as the Washington Times noted last week. Can you spell not-a-surprise?
Chaput will spend Monday evening with Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, in a prayer vigil against abortion near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Stapleton, a Denver suburb.
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