Another story from today’s Washington Post: it appears that so-called left-wing Christians support programs for the poor, while right-wing Christians tend to support issues that are popular with conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
While hundreds of religious activists are protesting and committing acts of civil disobedience to protest the cutting of programs for the poor, the story noted that well-known conservative Christian leaders, like James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell won’t be participating.
When The Post asked a spokesman for Dobson’s Focus on the Family why that group isn’t involved with the protest for the poor, this was the response:
“It’s not a question of the poor not being important or that meeting their needs is not important,” said Paul Hetrick, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, Dobson’s influential, Colorado-based Christian organization. “But whether or not a baby is killed in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, that is less important than help for the poor? We would respectfully disagree with that.”
Did he really say seven or eight months? Is there anywhere in the entire world where it’s legal to abort a near-term baby that is seven or eight months? (OK — that’s a rhetorical question, but come on!)
What gets me is that either these organizations are preying on some Americans’ fears that the left — be they Christian or otherwise — will turn the entire country into a nation of heathens where women can get abortions on-demand at vending machines, regardless of the age of the unborn child, or that we’ve got some really, really stupid people in this country who buy this guy’s argument.