A Christian voting for Joe Biden would be just “absurd” given his opposition to religious freedom and his support for the taxpayer-funded killing of unborn babies, a conservative leader with the Family Research Council said Tuesday.
Though Biden’s campaign is trying to reach out to evangelical voters, David Closson, the director of Christian ethics and biblical worldview at FRC, expressed skepticism about its success, according to One News Now.
“The Biden campaign spokesperson can say whatever they want, but it really is just simply absurd to argue that Joe Biden’s worldview is shared by evangelical Christians,” he told the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins. “The thing about it is that one’s policy positions … are an outworking of one’s worldview: the worldview comes first, that’s the foundation, and policy positions flow from the worldview.”
Biden’s campaign has been promoting him as a “very devout Catholic and person of deep faith,” but the likely Democrat presidential nominee does not live out his faith.
As Closson noted, Biden is “campaigning to undo the Mexico City policy, which prohibits taxpayer money to fund overseas abortion; he’s promised to make support for abortion a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominees; [and] he’s now against the Hyde amendment, after supporting it for 40 years of public life.”
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the amendment has saved more than 2.4 million unborn babies from abortions since it was enacted in 1976. It once had strong bipartisan support, and most Americans still support it, according to polling. But now Biden and the Democratic Party want it gone.
On religious freedom, Biden is just as bad.
“He said he would force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide birth control and abortifacients as part of their health care against the conscience of these nuns who want to just serve people in their community,” Clossen said.
“Joe Biden and his campaign can say that he shares the worldview of evangelical Christians, but the policies that he’s putting forward, again, are just antithetical to the basic tenets of the Christian faith,” he added.
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.
So Biden’s words-without-action appeal to Christians seems extremely unlikely to succeed.