Are there any pro-life Democrats left in America? After the Democrat cave-in which came during the passage of Obamacare, and after the concomitant HHS mandate requiring contraception and abortifacient drugs be covered by all health insurance programs, the answer would seem to be an emphatic, “No!” The national platform of the Democrat party calls more or less for abortion on demand.
Still, there are some pro-life Democrats. I follow the blog of one such person, Rebecca Hamilton, a state representative from Oklahoma. From all I can see, she is a devout
Roman Catholic who seeks to live out her faith in every aspect of life (not just during the Mass). Her blog is tagged, “Public Catholic.” I have a great deal of respect for her because she seeks to have her political ideals answer to her eternal faith. We all benefit from having such examples.
I encourage you to read through one of her latest blogs, as it will likely offend you whether you are Democrat or Republican. Such offense is good in the sense that it calls for a subjugation of your political party to your Christian identity. Her concluding comment sums up the thrust of her plea,
I can’t emphasize enough that we need to stand and fight within our parties to change things. You cannot build a culture of life with half the people. It cannot be done.
Her heart is obviously in shining the pro-life light into an abortion-minded darkness within the Democrat political system. While I may not be as optimistic about her potential of success in the endeavor, I am quite impressed and encouraged by her effort.
She must feel alone much of the time. Her presence in the political arena as a pro-life Democrat is a reminder to all Christians that our faith ought never to be captive to any political animal, be it donkey or elephant.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has just released a new study concerning the increase of “Nones.” What they mean by that is that there is a rise in the number of people not affiliating with any religion at all. Overall, the study shows that we are still (at least nominally) a Judeo-Christian country, but the atheist, agnostic, and nothing-at-all categories are increasing.
More and more, it appears, the religiously unaffiliated are finding a home in the Democrat party, while fewer and fewer of them are becoming Republican. Notice, however, according to the graph, that the numbers are not directly inverted; this means that many of the religiously unaffiliated have no home in either of the two major parties. I have included a small snippet from the article below. If you are interested in religion and politics, then you should check out the entire study.
“The religiously unaffiliated constitute a growing share of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters. In 2007, there were about as many religiously unaffiliated Democratic and Democratic- leaning registered voters as white mainline and white Catholic Democratic voters. And the religiously unaffiliated were only slightly more numerous among Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters than were black Protestants (17% vs. 14%).” (From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life)
In response to a couple of posts of late, I offer below two examples of well-known preachers who have made overtly political statements. The first is Bishop E.W. Jackson who calls upon black Christians to leave the Democrat party. It’s a short, simple, and powerful video.
The second example comes from John MacArthur. You can listen to his sermon here, at Denny Burk’s blog.
There was a much-hyped Muslim prayer rally sanctioned and embraced by the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte. (Pre-rally hype estimated participants exceeding 20,000. Apparently, only 200 or so showed up). Muslims were invited and welcomed by the DNC. Christians were shunned.
Much has been made of the difficulty the DNC has had believing in God (and in Jerusalem) this week, but few have bothered to mention that Democrats officially distanced themselves from evangelical Christians. While Democrats fully supported a Muslim prayer rally, they totally rejected a Christian one.
According to this report, Christians of all denominations and backgrounds joined together from all over the Charlotte region to pray for the nation. The group of 9,000 hoped to “adopt a delegate” at the DNC, which meant sending a welcome basket to each delegate and giving them information about Charlotte and her churches.
The DNC officially denied the request of Charlotte 714. The reason?
According to David Benham, the organizer of Charlotte 714, “The mayor’s office texted me and said, ‘We regret to inform but we ask that you not send those letters, and not engage in ‘Adopt a Delegation,’ because your views on women are contrary to the convention.’”
It seems to me this move is more anti-Christian than anti-abortion. (Both positions are deplorable). Here is why the move seems more anti-Christian: The Muslim disposition is probably as anti-abortion as is that of evangelical Christians (see here). While the move by the DNC indicates just how completely they have succumbed to the cause of abortion, it also appears to be signaling a future in which the DNC is progressively moving to separate from traditional Christianity.