Nat Hentoff is a non-religious liberal human rights activist. He is, however, consistent with these positions. He is pro-life. I have never understood what is liberal or in any way humane about supporting abortion. In fact, that a candidate believes in abortion makes me not believe him when he then pretends to be for the poor, the marginalized, the little guy. Not when they are willing to kill the poorest, the most marginalized, and the littlest guy at all. Anyway, thanks to commenter Sam for alerting me to this column by Nat Hentoff, who has real problems with supporting Barack Obama. From Opinion – Nat Hentoff: Infanticide candidate for president – sacbee.com:
On abortion, Obama is an extremist. He has opposed the Supreme Court decision that finally upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act against that form of infanticide. Most startlingly, for a professed humanist, Obama — in the Illinois Senate — also voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. I have reported on several of those cases when, before the abortion was completed, an alive infant was suddenly in the room. It was disposed of as a horrified nurse who was not necessarily pro-life followed the doctors’ orders to put the baby in a pail or otherwise get rid of the child. . . .As I was researching this presidential candidate’s views on the unilateral “choice” that takes another’s life, I heard on the radio what Obama said during a Johnstown, Pa., town hall meeting on March 29 as he was discussing the continuing dangers of exposure to HIV/AIDS infections: “When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.
“But if they make a mistake,” Obama continued, “I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
That line is very telling for the pro-death philosophy: Having a baby is a bad thing, a punishment.