It is not the pro-life who ignore the poor, but the leftists who stop charity
One of the reality-busting strategies of the pro-abortion lobby is to use compassionate or even Christian-sounding arguments to advocate for abortion and attack those who are pro-life. Proudly Senator Raphael Warnock declared “I am a pro-choice pastor” during his recent campaign. Apparently Catholic President Joe Biden is trying to sidestep his stubborn public rejection of the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion by claiming that he personally supports the Church’s position, but not publicly. (Imagine someone saying they are personally against the murder, but not publicly believing it should be illegal.)
Another way the abortion lobby tries to use the faith of life advocates against them is to accuse Christians of caring more about life in the womb than outside. The argument claims that those who are staunchly pro-life do not value other types of human life, and that their concern for the unborn innocent is nothing more than a ruse to hide their contempt for the poor, the sick, the orphans, the prisoners and others. .
The Facebook post below, which resurfaced recently, is just one example:
Typically, those who make these kinds of ad hominem arguments do not cite actual interactions with pro-life Christians, nor do they cite surveys of Christians or pro-life to objectively determine how many individuals and groups involved in pro-life advocacy are also involved. in the care of other vulnerable groups.
It does not follow logically, of course, that fighting for the lives of innocent unborn babies must involve callousness to the sick, the poor and the vulnerable. It is quite possible to deal with many different types of vulnerable groups at the same time, something in which the large faith community in our country excels on a daily basis.
As a data point, Baylor University published a study in 2017 on the effects of faith-based community efforts on homelessness. It found that in the cities studied, the majority of emergency shelter beds – 58% – were provided by faith-based organizations for the homeless, and that these organizations generated $ 9.42 in savings for the homeless. taxpayers for every $ 1 of government funding.
It’s not just homelessness. Countless faith-based organizations care for inmates, go to prisons to love and listen to inmates and help them cope once released. These programs reach countless thousands of people with the life-giving hope of faith.
Considering that those most engaged in their faith communities are more likely to spend their time and cherish serving the vulnerable, and more likely to be pro-life, the strong and varied faith-based awareness of vulnerable kebabs l argument that pro- people of the faith life despise such efforts.
I suggest a different approach for those who are trying to use Christianity against babies’ right to life. If they sincerely want greater participation of the faith community in the work of helping vulnerable people, let me show them where to start: to fight to eliminate government bureaucracy.
During the Trump administration, I had the honor of serving as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the leadership of Secretary Ben Carson. One of the areas my department was responsible for was roaming.
In this role, I have met dozens of faith groups that deal with every type of vulnerable segment of our society. There is absolutely no shortage of Christians willing to help. These large groups have often presented innovative proposals to house the homeless, care for people with mental illness, strengthen broken families and help forge better relationships between law enforcement and homeless communities.
I quickly learned that the faith community is willing and highly capable of compassionately caring for the homeless, drug addicts, the chronically poor, widows, orphans and others. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed the devastating impact of the way government laws and regulations tie the hands of these large faith-based organizations, often preventing them from participating in or being funded by federal programs. This, rather than attacking the character of those who are pro-life, is the starting point for anyone concerned with increased engagement of faith groups to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Instead of challenging the motivations and character of pro-life Christians who care deeply about defending innocent unborn babies, why not work with other Americans of all political stripes to remove the bureaucratic red tape that hinders our large groups? faith-based organizations to serve all the most vulnerable in our society more effectively?
John Gibbs (@realJohnGibbs) is a regular contributor to The Federalist and RealClearPolitics. He worked at Apple as an iPhone engineer and used his fluency in Japanese to teach technology to churches in Japan. John holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MA in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.