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Rick Warren cancels Presidential Forum repeat

August 24, 2012

 Rick Warren cancels Presidential Forum repeat
Oregon Faith News Note:

Rick Warren has canceled plans for second presidential candidate forum to follow in the footsteps of the 2008 forum which featured both candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. The reason cited was uncivil discourse among both the Obama and Romney campaign.

This month alone has seen many headlines pertaining to negative attack ads. Romney has issued TV ads attacking Obama on Medicare cuts that the President claim are false. On the other hand the Romney campaign has accused the Obama campaign of negativity with charges that Romney is felon and also targeting an ad claiming Romney’s business decision caused a worker’s wife to die of cancer.

Warren told the Orange County Register about his decision”We created the civil forums to promote civility and personal respect between people with major differences,” Warren said. “The forums are meant to be a place where people of goodwill can seriously disagree on significant issues without being disagreeable or resorting to personal attack and name-calling. But that is not the climate of today’s campaign. I’ve never seen more irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads, and I don’t expect that tone to change before the election.It would be hypocritical to pretend civility for one evening only to have the name-calling return the next day,”

Warren also commented on the success of the first forum, “The forum was praised for its unique format and fairness. Also, the TV networks were eager to cover it again since it garnered one of the largest viewing audiences of that election. I talked with both campaigns about the possibility of doing it again, and they were both favorable to participating.”

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M McL August 25, 2012

Again, a religious writer avoids the topic of Mormons being inclusive of Islam and instructed not to ‘take sides’ in the Israeli/non-Israeli conflict. But Mitt’s advocating for a Jewish state? Backing a bombing of Iran on behalf of a Jewish state? Hold Mitt accountable for something for Pete’s sake. But its all, ‘basic faith’ now in the soft-ball press. And of course the (domestic) human struggle and avoiding the Cat bulldozer camera shots invading homesteads when expanding CBS’ Jewish Ulster. Too bad because the topic needs ink; FOX NEWS has stamped Mitt, good-as-Evangelical. It makes Salt Lake look like errand boys for Tel Aviv, Rick Warren in tow.

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