Saturday, March 15, 2008

Os Guinness -- Obama "Better Than His Pastor"

By Rick Pearcey

When asked on C-SPAN yesterday about the legitimacy of Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue, author and social critic Os Guinness said that, from what "I know of Obama," the Democratic presidential hopeful is "better than his pastor."

The question arose as part of a more general discussion on religion, politics, and the culture war in relationship to Guinness's new book, The Case for Civility.

A few areas Guinness addresses during this program:

  • Jeremiah Wright as a legitimate campaign issue
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the Religious Right
  • The meaning of the 1st Amendment

Quote: Civility is a "standing or falling issue for the American republic."

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report (articles).