Joe Biden’s talk-without-the-walk Catholicism apparently did not convince Catholic voters at the polls on Tuesday.
The Democrat presidential candidate repeatedly has touted his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, but his political positions on abortion, religious freedom and other matters directly contradict the faith to which he claims to follow.
The National Catholic Register reports Biden did not do as well among Catholic voters as pollsters expected. Prior to the election, several polls suggested Catholics would vote for Biden over President Donald Trump by at least 10 percent.
However, a new NBC exit poll indicates that Catholic voters split almost evenly between Trump and Biden, according to the report.
The two candidates’ positions on abortion may have had a lot to do with it.
While Trump developed a strong pro-life record during his first four years in office, Biden adopted a radical pro-abortion position on the campaign trail – one far outside the mainstream with most voters and directly in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Here’s more from the Register:
During the Democratic primary race, the former vice president tried to pitch himself as a moderate candidate, a moderating voice in a party associated with ever-more stridently progressive positions, especially on abortion and religious freedom.
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But despite campaign efforts to portray Biden as an anchor of centrism for the Democrats, it seems many voters in key states saw him as more captive than captain of his party’s agenda — an agenda for which far fewer voters than expected agreed to come aboard, especially in key states.
The last four years have seen the Democratic Party move to an extreme edge of pro-abortion politics, adopting radical laws in New York which – though celebrated by party leaders – were well outside the spectrum of public opinion, even among self-described pro-choice Democrats.
Biden said he wants to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and appoint Supreme Court justices who will support abortion on demand. He also said he would fight to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions – which could lead to 60,000 more unborn babies’ deaths to abortion each year.
Also concerning to many Catholics, Biden promised to restore an Obama-era mandate that would force the nuns with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to fund contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health insurance plans.
In April, Biden went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic. His health care plan would expand abortions as well. It would force insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.
On religious freedom, his position also is deeply troubling for religious Americans. Biden has endorsed anti-religious freedom policies that would force nuns, religious charities and hospitals to violate their deeply-held beliefs by funding the killing of unborn babies in abortions or even helping to facilitate their deaths.
Among them, he and his running mate Kamala Harris oppose a religious exemption from the Obamacare contraception mandate for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a nuns’ charity that serves the poor and elderly. The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted the Little Sisters relief from the Obama-era mandate, which would have forced them to fund contraception, including forms that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans.
With no clear winner of the presidency yet and the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate at stake, these radical pro-abortion policies could be implemented in the not-too-distant future. Americans need to stand strong and raise their voices for the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn, and religious freedom for all.