Despite the mainstream media claim that the culture war is something fought by conservatives, its battles are frequently launched by liberals. I was reading Barack Obama's Twitter feed last night and it was full of a culture war attack on people who don't, say, vote three times to keep a form of infanticide legal, as he did. The entire Obama campaign -- from the perspective of this Northern Virginia voter -- seems like one big culture war moment, focused entirely on abortion.
What the media want us to believe right now is that a consistent pro-life candidate is far more extreme than a candidate who supports infanticide. Many media outlets followed the Obama campaign's direction yesterday in leading their newscasts with the story about how Richard Mourdock, Senate candidate in Indiana, believes that all human life is valuable, regardless of the circumstances of how it began. (No, that's not how they framed it.)
I'm sure we'd all rather be focused on something less obviously partisan than this media/Democratic attempt to help far-left candidates, but there's one part of this whole story that really bothers me: the illiteracy of it.
Have these folks really never heard of the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection? Have they really never read the Book of Job? Have they really not read Genesis 50:20:
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
The Jewish and Christian teaching that God brings good out of evil is not new. It's really old and it's really basic. You don't have to agree with it, but if you're a reporter -- even a reporter trying to carry water for President Obama and other Democrats -- you should be aware of it.
And how about shaking up this obviously partisan journalistic advocacy. Instead of writing stories about how Romney is sticking with Mourdock even though he is pro-life, how about talking to humans who were conceived via rape -- ask them if they think God loves them and intended them to be alive. They don't have to be famous, like Eartha Kitt or Angelina Jolie’s adopted daughter or Martin Sheen’s wife Janet. They might be just the normal neighbors and friends in our life. We saw journalists make hay of the idea that God intended for them to be born and that their lives are gifts from God. We're told that Mourdock should apologize for his belief that these lives are inherently valuable. Would we do that if these people were in front of us?
Journalists treat abortion as a sacrament and grill pro-life candidates about their views. They're surprisingly unable to ask even one difficult question of pro-choice candidates. Perhaps they can't think of any. Here are 10 questions for pro-choice candidates. They're a good start.