Obama Faith Member Joel Hunter: Pro-Lifers Lying About His Pro-Abortion Record

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 10, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Faith Member Joel Hunter: Pro-Lifers Lying About His Pro-Abortion Record

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 10
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A handful of Catholic and evangelical leaders took on roles during the president campaign as apologists for Barack Obama who played down his pro-abortion record. Now these same apologists, led by Joel Hunter, accuse pro-life advocates of lying about Obama’s pro-abortion record as president.

Seeking to insulate himself from the ineluctable criticism he knew he would receive from pro-life groups for advocating abortion and embryonic stem cell research, President Obama placed pastor Joel Hunter on his faith team.

Now, Hunter, as an evangelical pastor who is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership, is fulfilling his obligation to Obama.

In an interview with the news web site Politico, Hunter blames the pro-life criticism of Obama’s growing pro-abortion record not on Obama’s own actions but on pro-life groups not understanding his intentions.

Hunter said the latest outrage over Obama’s forcing taxpayers to fund new embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life could have been prevented if the Obama administration and supporters like him could have better explained the president’s decision — as if pro-life advocates are a tractable bunch who are easily persuaded by false rhetoric.

He told Politico that Obama may have caught less flack if only his administration had let him and other apologists know of the decision before it leaked to the media on Friday.

“That would relieve a great deal of the alarm and suspicion that is out there with pro-life groups,” Hunter said.

Hunter told Politico a sizable percentage of pro-life advocates "still [have] a desire to see [Obama] in the best light."

“I think the ones who are screaming bloody murder right now are the ones who may not have been reachable to begin with," he added.

Then he took his comments to another level by accusing pro-life groups of lying about or misrepresenting the president’s record.

"But there are a whole lot of us on their e-mail lists — and we have people who want to think the best of the president — but they are getting all this mischaracterization and false information," Hunter claimed.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, says Obama is determining his own fate with pro-life advocates and there is no need to paint a false picture.

“We have had a number of teaching moments,” he said.

Perkins continued: “If people are really listening and watching, they will see what President Obama said is not what he is doing. He said he wanted to reach out to evangelicals or Christian conservatives who care about human life, but they will have a hard time squaring support for Barack Obama in light of these policies."

ACTION: Contact Pastor Joel Hunter with your concerns at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750, call 407-949-7147, or email [email protected]

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