Joe Biden is trying to win over Christians on the campaign trail, carrying a rosary and speaking in terms that resonate with voters of faith.
According to the Religion News Service, Biden, a pro-abortion Democrat, has made his faith a “central part of his persona” leading up to the November election against President Donald Trump.
Deputy Political Director John McCarthy described Biden as a “very devout Catholic and person of deep faith” whose beliefs are “baked into the core messaging and core functions of the campaign.”
Biden is known for carrying a rosary and touting his Catholic faith as a key motivation for his actions as a politician. His campaign has been sponsoring events focused on evangelical voters and running digital ads about Biden’s Catholic faith, according to the report.
All of these things are geared at Christian voters who continue to show strong support for Trump.
According to the report:
Democrats are betting on Biden’s evident comfort with faith as a powerful point of contrast in his battle against Trump. …
McCarthy said the Biden campaign is targeting outreach to three specific groups that may be more on the fence about Trump: Latino evangelicals, white suburban evangelical women and younger evangelicals, who, surveys have shown, lean less conservative than their older counterparts.
But talking about faith and living it are two different things, and Biden does not live out the Catholic beliefs that he professes to hold so dear.
He supports abortion on demand and wants to force taxpayers to pay for it, and he opposes religious freedom for nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity that serves the poor and elderly.
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RNS noted that Biden will have trouble gaining ground with religious voters now that he supports taxpayer-funded abortions. Though he once opposed it, Biden flip-flopped on the issue last summer under pressure from pro-abortion groups.
He opposes states’ rights to protect unborn babies’ and mothers’ lives, too. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Louisiana abortion law in June, Biden vowed to use the U.S. Department of Justice to stop states from violating “a woman’s protected, constitutional right to choose.”
He also promised to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America.
Unlike past Democrats, Biden has not talked about wanting to reduce abortions or make them rare. In April, he went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies in abortions an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Most voters, especially evangelical Christians, strongly oppose abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded abortions. A recent AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 67% of white evangelicals support protections for unborn babies in almost all circumstances. Polls consistently find strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions among voters, too.
Consistently through the years, polling data has shown that the abortion issue is more motivating for pro-life voters than it is for abortion supporters. Polling among all age groups also consistently finds strong opposition to abortion without restriction up to birth and taxpayer-funded abortions — the position of the current Democratic presidential candidates.
Though Biden once was more moderate, he has a decades-old record of supporting abortion on demand. He supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history.
In contrast, Trump has maintained strong support among evangelical Christians by enacting pro-life and religious freedom policies. He defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion chain of at least $160 million, and his two U.S. Supreme Court picks ruled in favor of a pro-life Louisiana law in June.
Internationally, Trump has been pushing back aggressively against the United Nations’ pro-abortion agenda and insisting that countries support women and children, born and unborn. Starting in 2017, Trump stopped giving American tax dollars to UNFPA because of its link to forced and coerced abortions in China.
The Trump administration also came to the aid of a Vermont nurse after she said her employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, tricked her into participating in an abortion against her will by telling her it was a miscarriage. Additionally, his administration created a new regulation to enforce conscience protections by punishing medical groups that discriminate against pro-life medical workers. Two federal judges invalidated the rule after pro-abortion groups filed suit, but doctors and medical professionals are fighting back.