Speech Peculiarities That Make My Teeth Itch

 

Speech Peculiarities That Make My Teeth Itch

When Pastor Rick Warren invited Barack Obama—the charismatic new Democratic senator from Illinois—to speak at an AIDS conference at the Saddleback megachurch in Lake Forest, California, a number of conservative Christians urged that the invitation be rescinded. They were angry at Obama’s liberal position on abortion. “If Senator Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis,” wrote Phyllis Schlafly—head of the conservative Eagle Forum—in an open letter. “You cannot fight one evil while justifying another.” I admit that I’ve no interest in hearing certain speakers—neo-Nazis, members of the KKK, apologists for dropping the