Monday, August 18, 2008

Unintentionally Funny

I found a bit of humor in part of PBS's summary of the recent Forum on Civil Leadership and Compassion. I don't think they meant it to be funny, but it got a chuckle out of me:

RICK WARREN, Founder, Saddleback Church:

Forty million abortions. At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), Illinois:

Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.

One thing that I'm absolutely convinced of is that there is a moral and ethical element to this issue. And so I think anybody who tries to deny the moral difficulties and gravity of the abortion issue, I think, is not paying attention.

RICK WARREN:

At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), Arizona:

At the moment of conception.

By the way, I thought the format for the discussion was excellent. Each candidate was asked the same set of questions (which they didn't have access to in advance), and neither candidate could listen to their opponent's answers. It actually resulted in the candidates getting equal time to talk about their positions instead of slam each other the whole time. Were that all debates done in this format. You could even extend it by having each candidate submit 10 questions to be asked to their opponent, which the opponent would have to answer in addition to the standard set. Perhaps even put the candidates in sound-proof booths a la Twenty-One.

One other bit of humor/irony I gleaned from listing to the video: McCain's pretty much won the Evangelical Christian vote by default. But of the two candidates, Obama's the only one who actually sounds like he's given any thought to his faith. Whether that's simply because he's a better speaker, because 10% of Americans thought he was Muslim, or because it's true I don't know and won't speculate on. I just find it funny.

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