Evangelicals for Biden Will Not Be Silenced

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According to a recent Pew poll, President Trump’s support among white evangelicals has dipped slightly in recent months. He garnered a whopping 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016. The new Pew poll now has him at 78 percent. That’s still a huge portion of a key demographic. But among the other 22 percent of evangelicals can be found an emerging voice of thoughtful dissent. And from those dissenters a group calling itself Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden is making some waves.

Among the other 22 percent of evangelicals can be found an emerging voice of thoughtful dissent.

The Biden-supporting group’s website boldly declares,

AS PRO-LIFE EVANGELICALS, WE DISAGREE WITH VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM ON THE ISSUE OF ABORTION. BUT WE BELIEVE A BIBLICALLY SHAPED COMMITMENT TO THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE COMPELS US TO A CONSISTENT ETHIC OF LIFE THAT AFFIRMS THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE FROM BEGINNING TO END.

A bit further down in the group’s seminal statement, it adds, “Poverty kills millions every year. So does lack of healthcare and smoking. Racism kills. Unless we quickly make major changes, devastating climate change will kill tens of millions. Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues. … Therefore we oppose ‘one issue’ political thinking because it lacks biblical balance.”

The “one issue” referenced in the group’s statement is, of course, abortion. Abortion is—at least outwardly—the primary issue that drove those 81 percent of pretentiously pious white evangelicals into the arms of the most pagan presidential candidate in our nation’s history. It was, as many have correctly noted, a seedy business transaction. In exchange for their unwavering support, Trump promised to appoint “pro-life” judges. He carried through on his promise, and now—despite the president’s myriad scandals and reckless decisions—white evangelicals are upholding their side of the Faustian pact.

So, not surprisingly, Trump’s evangelical loyalists have been swift and strident in defending their business-partner-turned-messiah and denouncing his Biden-supporting detractors. For example, in a Townhall op-ed, Michael Brown—who, by the way, opposed the reality TV star’s presidential bid directly after his announcement but later turned into a fawning disciple—wrote the following:

With all respect, I say this: Do not talk to me about “biblical balance” while urging evangelical followers of Jesus to vote for the party that justifies the slaughter of more than 60 million babies in their mother’s womb and will fight tooth and nail to codify Roe v. Wade.

What Brown and Trump’s other defenders conveniently ignore is that, for all Trump’s bold promises about their premiere policy issue, nothing much has changed. According to a Guttmacher Institute/CDC report, cited in the super-conservative Daily Signal, U.S. abortions increased in 2018 over 2017.

Those same Trumpists also seem oblivious to this cogent fact: Abortion rates have been dropping over the decades since Roe V. Wade, regardless of which party is in power. And, in fact, the largest declines appear to have occurred during Democratic administrations. If it is indeed true that abortions decrease under Democratic presidencies, the reasons likely are many, but the most likely cause of the decreases would be the improved incomes of working-class folks. 

A financially struggling couple that suddenly discovers they’ll soon have a new family member to care for is more likely to abort than is that same couple if their finances are solid.

That’s why the Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden statement says,

Knowing that the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child, we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.

Yes, the pro-life cause is bigger and more complex than most white evangelicals have portrayed it to be. Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden understand that. And because they—we, as I have now signed onto their statement—do, we have come under heavy, vitriolic fire from Trumpists. Those Trumpists who regularly crow about and vilify what they refer to as “the cancel culture” want to silence evangelicals who disagree with them.

We will not be silenced. If you are a Pro-Life Evangelical for Biden please go to their website and sign their statement of support for Joe Biden.

13 comments

  1. Speaking from the UK.
    As Christian I say to this group ‘Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters,’
    (For full disclosure I personally have something of an ambivalent view on abortion, which basically comes down to as a last resort ‘Yes’. BUT there need to be greater efforts to stop women becoming pregnant without expecting them to carry the burden of messing with the chemistry and physiques of bodies)

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      1. Men to step up and take some physical responsibility. Yes there has been some research into male contraception but in comparison with other research it’s a bit half-hearted.
        Women have been left to carry the burden, literally ever since arch-wimp Adam said…’It wasn’t my fault, it was the woman,’ (errr..that bit is a kinda joke, I don’t actually take Genesis word for word literally).
        It’s high time we as a gender stopped worrying about our ‘little bits ‘and treated women as equal partners, it’s the only way we (Humanity) will get out of this mess we’ve made of the world (Hmm…back at the Garden of Eden again)

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  2. I don’t understand this belief that somehow Biden has had a say one way or the other about abortion. It came about by a Supreme Court ruling. The 1st two years in office Trump had control of both houses and never did anything about abortion. And don’t anybody realize that in a past like Trump’s he most likely paid for abortions just as he paid for sex.
    There is more to pro life then beginning and ending in the womb.

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    1. You’re correct. Biden doesn’t have a say. But Democrats overall support ways and means to prevent unwanted pregnancies, whereas Republicans (Evangelicals) are against such measures. Thus, abortion becomes the fait d’accompli.

      As you suggested, Trump himself essentially doesn’t care either way because he has ways and means for the women to end any pregnancy that might result from his dalliances.

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  3. It is encouraging to hear some evangelicals do understand that there are greater evils out there than abortion, that lack of sustenance, lack of healthcare, and lack of care for the environment are killing far more people … actual people … than abortion. And, the abortion issue isn’t about the fetus, but is more about women’s rights … contrary to what we would like to believe, this is still very much a male-dominated society … or at least some would like to keep it so.

    One thing that has always puzzled me is that the evangelicals don’t believe in abortion, and YET, they would also deny a woman the right to birth control! It’s rather like saying, you cannot eat unhealthy foods, but keep your paws off the vegetable drawer, too! The hypocrisy is overwhelming … again, it’s more about control over women than anything.

    Good post, Jerry!

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    1. HA! I was just thinking — if the Evangelicals would put as much energy into convincing people to wear masks during this pandemic as they do in their efforts against women’s rights, we might actually gain some headway in the number of sick and dying.

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    2. For sure Jill. Didn’t they go nuts when free contraception was offered under Obamacare? The Supreme Court ruled for Hobby Lobby if I’m not mistaken. That one drove me absolutely crazy.

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