Thanks for the comments on the Ayers/Obama stuff. I guess I want to clarify a couple of my points.
-- Senator Obama's has a Bill Ayers problem and I think it will end up being a much bigger problem then Rev. Wright.
After reading some well reasoned arguments I have personally concluded: it is a problem. You may argue it isn't going to be fair, you may argue it isn't going to be correct. All that said it is going to be a problem for him.
A problem that will be tied into nice 60 second TV commercials that are going to hurt him with Blue-Collar men and women which if you believe the exit polls the group needs to make progress with.
Is it a problem for me, well yeah it is. Then again I am Republican and I was a McCain supporter even during the primary so Sen. Obama wasn't going to get my vote anyway. Is it a show-stopper issue for me? No it isn't.
Ayers was a founder for a group who thought it was ok to kill guys like my Dad, my Uncle and my cousin on American soil because they were in the armed forces and he seems unapologetic for that. In my heart of heart I think people who do that and actually conspire to do those things and/or do them should spend the rest of their lives in jail, we owe that to our folks in the armed forces then and now. They should not be professors on the state dime, they shouldn't get pardons from a president after they are caught with explosives.
If you are running for office you should have more sense than have them host a fundraiser for you. I suspect a large percentage of these folks who are defending Obama now would take a different tact if it was a Republican who had a fundraiser hosted years ago by someone who led a group that planned and acted on plans to blow up anti-war protesters, regardless of what they have done since.
You might be a bigger person than me and can look past that. Good for you.
As for the question
-- Is there no "redemption" through good works possible in Christian America?
In order for there to be redemption the needs to be repentance; sorry I haven't seen that from the man.
-- Rising above it.
This is politics and it isn't going to happen. I know some people think that if Obama is the nominee it's going to be all puppy dogs and butterfly kisses from the Democrats. I am not holding my breath. It's going to get ugly all around, I don't expect that MoveOn.org is going to do nothing but positive message ads about Obama.