I watched the Compassion Forum this weekend. It was interesting even to someone who wouldn't consider themselves extremely religious. Obama and Clinton talked separately about issues such as abortion, euthanasia, pverty, aids and other issues. Both candidates were asked about abortion and I have to say their answers were pretty much the same. They both said they thought that we should focus more on preventing teen pregnancies. I mean what else are you going to say to an audience of Pro-Lifers when you are adamantly Pro-Choice. Obama mentioned that he wanted to support single or poor mothers more so that they had more options- I think Clinton said something similar. It was interesting to me that the audience seemed to be much more responsive to Obama's answers than Clinton's. They clapped for him several times whereas they didn't clap at all, as I remember, for Clinton. This struck me as odd since I thought Clinton answered arguable as well. Obama discussed his positive experience with Islam in Indonesia. He described it as a "tolerant faith" in a society of multi-religions where woman had freedom. I thought these were important comments seeing as all mentions of Islam these days is accompanied by the work terrorism. I feel this is a step towards looking past that stereotype and we need a president who can do so and create a productive relationship with Islam since it is now the largest religion in the world, recently surpassing Christianity and continuing to grow.
Obama also spoke about his faith teaching him to act out of hope instead of fear which hits home to me who sees the Bush administration instill fear in the public in order to gain power. I really enjoyed Obama's discussion about science and religion not clashing.
Overall, it was a great forum and both candidates did well. If you missed it I am sure CNN is still palying it, over and over.