Talking About God Doesn’t Absolve Clinton, Obama for Supporting Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 7,

Washington, DC ( — The leader of a top evangelical ministry is taking issue with pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Prison Fellowship Ministries President Mark Earley says the two are trying to reach out to Christian voters by talking about God but promoting the killing of God’s children through abortion.

The two top candidates for the party’s nomination have been very open in recent weeks to talking about their faith and they are actively courting religious voters.

Previous Democratic presidential candidates have shied away from discussing religion but now Obama and Clinton hope to grow their levels of support by siphoning away Christian voters, who predominantly support pro-life Republican candidates.

The two have gone so far as to hire strategists specifically to assist them into reaching out to the religious community.

But Earley writes in a recent commentary that their efforts are disingenuous because the two candidates take decidedly anti-Christian views on some political issues, namely abortion.

“I appreciate that the candidates are taking a risk when they talk about their faith,” Earley wrote in an opinion column.

“The problem is that all of this ‘God Talk’ misses the point: what Christians want – or should want – is a candidate who shares their moral and culture concerns, not just their religious vocabulary," he explained.

He points out that both Obama and Clinton recently addressed a Planned Parenthood conference and expressed their unbridled support for abortion — which is anathema to Biblical values.

“It’s difficult to imagine positions more at odds with the motivations of the very evangelical voters they’re trying to court,” commented Earley. “Protecting the lives of unborn children has been the cornerstone of politically active Christians for the past thirty years.”

“It’s hard to know which is worse: that candidates think that talking about religion will make evangelical Christians forget why they care about politics – or that they might be right," he concluded.