The power of the religious right that is. And could he actually be scoring points with the evangelical movement?
From the looks of this story at least…the answer is yes.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois told more than 2,000 evangelical leaders in Orange County on Friday that he “respectfully but unequivocally” disagrees with those who oppose condom distribution to fight the AIDS pandemic. But he said a solution to the worldwide spread of AIDS would also come from churches guiding people to make moral decisions.
Obama, a Democrat weighing a run for the White House, made his remarks at an evangelical AIDS conference sponsored by Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. […]
Obama drew a standing ovation from the 2,072 pastors and others who came from 39 states and 18 nations to explore church solutions to the AIDS pandemic, which has killed 25 million people worldwide. In measured words, he dismissed the notion that simply discouraging promiscuity could stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“We can’t ignore the fact that abstinence and fidelity, although the ideal, may not always be the reality ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? that we’re dealing with flesh and blood men and women and not abstractions, and that if condoms and, potentially, things like microbicides, can prevent millions of deaths, then they should be made more widely available,” he said.
And by the way…does this guy ever get bad press?
(h/t: The Moderate Voice)