John Henry Weston at LifeSite News has a piece about how Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, Joe Scheidler and Nellie Gray (foundress of March for Life) have all expressed genuine hope that prayers for President Barack Obama’s conversion could be rewarded.
Part of me really wants to believe that, just like party of me really wanted to believe that George W. Bush meant what he said in his campaigns and his wonderful speeches.
However, many of the “positive” signs they point to are the same ones that could just as easily indicate that Obama is master-deceiver, disarming the opposition by his “niceness.”
Obama’s warm reception and engagement with Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren did
much to render that image. ‘If he can get along with pro-life and
pro-family Rick Warren’, the logic goes, ‘then he can’t be all that bad.’ Indeed
Obama is not a raving anti-Christian lunatic who wouldn’t give the likes of
Warren the time of day. Rather Obama is measured, friendly, even
“spiritual,” a hero for worldly wisdom, if you will.
Contrast to this article, which points specifically to the opposite: Obama’ strategy is to disarm the opposition with his niceness, to pain himself as the “good guy,” and those of us who oppose him as “mean-spirited” upstarts who cause “disunity”.
The following point from the LifeSite piece can lend to either conclusion:
Scheidler talked to a group of pro-life activists gathered for the March about Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope; and he concluded that the President is
“obsessed with abortion.” The book mentions abortion 26 times.