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Ten Questions for Christians Who Publicly Endorse Hillary

Shannon Dingle is a very gifted speaker and writer who is a champion for adoptive families in the church and a prominent leader in the disability ministry movement. A special education teacher by training, Shannon and her husband have expanded their family by adopting four children from Asia and Africa, three of the four with special medical needs. I have extraordinary respect for Shannon and her husband for their commitment to living out their Christian faith.

Shannon has also become the new darling of the Huffington Post, Rachel Held Evans and the “religious left” after writing a highly circulated blog post, I’m pro-life. And I’m voting for Hillary.

Many regulars on this site have agonized over our choice in this year’s presidential race. I’m with our former leader Erick Erickson in the #NeverTrump camp because I share his concern that the evangelical embrace of Trump will do lasting damage to the witness of the church in America. But I can’t understand how publicly supporting the number one cheerleader for #PPSellsBodyParts does a lot to advance the witness of the church in America, either.

Shannon is highly intelligent and has always welcomed respectful disagreement and debate. I have a few questions I’d like to ask her about her presidential endorsement, and a few questions for my brothers and sisters in Christ who publicly endorse a Hillary presidency…

  • I believe, along with many of my fellow Christians that God created us as male and female and established marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. Am I deplorable? Irredeemable?
  • You’re correct in saying that most Republicans have talked a lot about abortion while doing little to make meaningful change in that area of policy. But couldn’t the same thing be said about Democrats and poverty?
  • If all vestiges of racism were magically removed from American society, which political party would be most disadvantaged? Who benefits from racial strife and polarization? Which party has been most responsible for perpetuating the “identity politics” that are tearing at the fabric of our culture?
  • At Hillary’s first official campaign appearance, she stated that education is “the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation.” She’s an unabashed supporter of Common Core. You rue the possibility that low income women could be denied “the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare.” Yet Hillary proudly denies poor families the full spectrum of educational choices for their children. How is that just?

“As president, I would push to cut off federal funding for any child welfare agency that discriminates against LGBT people. For me, there is no excuse — none — for hurting children and families like this.”

As a champion of adoption, how would electing a leader who desires to drive all faith-based organizations with orthodox views of marriage and family out of the adoption field help kids in need of families to find them?

“I will always defend Planned Parenthood and I will say consistently and proudly, Planned Parenthood should be funded, supported and protected, not undermined, misrepresented and demonized,” Clinton said. “As your president, I will always have your back.”

How can an ardent champion of life such as yourself endorse the most prominent defender of an organization that dismembers pre-born children in order to sell their body parts for profit? An organization founded by an avowed racist that locates abortion clinics in or near minority neighborhoods?

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper”

“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

What deep-seated religious beliefs of mine, and my fellow Christians will “have to be changed” if Hillary is elected President?

One point Shannon made in her post with which I completely agree is that “you know who and what you’re voting for” when you vote for Hillary.

  • Someone who will appoint Supreme Court justices who will seek to do away with our right as Americans to freely exercise our religion.
  • Someone who viciously sought to destroy the reputation of women who were violated sexually because their abuser was her husband.
  • Someone who has made a mockery of equal justice under the law by using her power and privilege to escape prosecution for serious crimes in her handling of government secrets that would have landed any other American in jail.
  • Someone who is so beholden to Planned Parenthood that there’s basically no abortion or abortion procedure she wouldn’t happily endorse…ever.

If we agree that Trump’s character and temperament disqualify him from the Presidency for many of our fellow Christians (including myself), what more could our modern day Jezebel do to disqualify herself from serving?

Photo courtesy of Lori Schull (own work) via Wikimedia Commons.