An Evangelical Christian leader went against the grain of her religious subset’s strong pro-life stance this week and endorsed pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton for president.
Deborah Fikes is the executive advisor to the World Evangelical Alliance, which works with churches in 129 countries to spread the Christian message.
The Hill reports Fikes voiced her personal support for Clinton on Tuesday after a meeting between Christian leaders and likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She called Clinton “trustworthy” and Trump “un-Christian” as she gave her personal endorsement to the pro-abortion candidate.
“Hillary Clinton is the leader who people of faith are looking for and we are praying that Sister Hillary and not Mr. Trump will be elected in November,” Fikes said. “Mr. Trump’s proposals are not just un-Christian — they’re un-American and at odds with the values our country holds dearest.”
Fikes said she was concerned about Trump’s “intolerance” toward religious minorities, particularly Muslims.
The World Evangelical Alliance faced backlash on social media immediately after Fikes’ remarks were reported in the media. Her personal endorsement of Clinton goes against the majority of people who her organization represents. Polling indicates that Evangelical Christians are the most pro-life religious group in the U.S.
“If you’re a Christian, I believe you wouldn’t endorse a murderer, remember benghazi,” a woman named Kim Hagedorn commented on the group’s Facebook page. “I’m a Catholic. She [Clinton] supports abortions. She’s no sister to anyone.”
“What about the murder of over 3,000 of the unborn every day?” another post by Rudy Vickery said.
While some are still skeptical about the sincerity of Trump’s pro-life stance, Clinton’s pro-abortion stance is very clear. In a recent interview, Clinton said unborn babies just hours before birth should not have any Constitutional rights. She also defended partial-birth abortions and promised Planned Parenthood to work to force taxpayers to pay for abortions.
If Trump is the nominee, he would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton. During his meeting with Christians and pro-lifers on Tuesday, Trump promised pro-lifers that he will pick pro-life judges and promote religious liberty if elected.
“We are going to appoint great Supreme Court justices… These will be justices of great intellect… And they will be pro-life,” Trump said.
Recently, Trump released a well-received list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life groups hailed for having strong supporters of the Constitution. Trump also recently hired a key pro-life advocate has his domestic policy director.
Trump has specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. He also said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.