By Kristine Marsh
Liberals will go to great lengths to defend “devout Catholic” President Biden from criticism for his pro-abortion beliefs. On MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, host Al Sharpton brought on Dr. Obery Hendricks, a Professor of Religion at Columbia University, to go beyond the typical defense of the president the media usually give, and actually claim that Biden was on “firm moral ground” because supporting abortion was consistent with Christianity.
Sharpton set up the discussion referencing the Texas abortion law condemned by the president: “Many Catholic leaders are cheering the new anti-abortion law. They face criticism, though, from a fellow Catholic, President Biden. The second president in U.S. History to be of the same faith,” he noted before turning to his guest, the author of Christians Against Christianity, How Right Wing Evangelicals are Destroying our Nation and our Faith.
Worrying about the “religious bind that President Biden may feel that he is in,” Sharpton asked his equally left-wing guest to explain how Biden can “navigate” this tension between his pro-choice politics and his Catholic faith.
Even Professor Hendricks admitted that Biden had contradicted his Catholic teaching. But not the Bible, apparently. He actually put forward the ridiculous argument that because the word “abortion” isn’t mentioned in Scripture, it must be okay to God. In fact, the president was on “firm ground:”
First, Catholic moral teaching teaches that abortion is a sin, and therefore is murder. But that’s their doctrinal and ideological position. Biblically, it doesn’t say anything about abortion is a sin or murder. Anyone who teaches differently is not telling the truth.
And so, even though he is contradicting the teaching of his faith, biblically, which is supposed to be the most important thing, he is on firm ground.
Not only was abortion approved by God, but it was also allowed in the Constitution, according to the radical left professor, who equated not killing babies to enslaving women. Again, he hailed Biden for being on “strong moral ground” by supporting abortion:
But not only that, he has taken an oath of defending the Constitution, and the Constitution, particularly with the 13th Amendment says no one has the right to enslave anyone else’s body, to lord over them, to transgress their sovereignty over their own body. So when we get down to it, Biden is on strong moral ground.
Afterward, Sharpton cited some polls from the Pew Research Center showing that Democrat voters were less religious than Republicans and Republicans had more Evangelical Christian voters. He asked his guest to explain the differences between the two parties’ religious makeup. This time, Hendricks attacked pro-life Evangelicals and Catholics as not real Christians because they didn’t necessarily support government-funded liberal “social justice” ideology and policies:
So many people, particularly young people are becoming disenchanted with it, with Christianity. They don’t want anything to do with the religion that is presented to them as so mean-spirited. And the right wing has allowed its voices in the public sphere right now. So the hatred that they spew, the divisiveness, the xenophobia that they spew and the support that they support a walking melange of the seven deadly sins in Trump turns these young people off. I think that’s the reason why we are seeing people turn away. Now, people are not turning away from the Gospel itself, they’re not turning away from love and justice, they’re turning away from the hatred of the right-wing.
While Hendricks argued Biden was following the Bible, he bashed anyone who supported the former president as supporting hate. “But those who are leaving him, Catholics and Jews, are leaving him because they’re seeing through him. They’re seeing he is anti-Catholic. The smart folks are the ones who left. The ones who aren’t as smart are the ones still following his lies and foolishness and divisiveness and hatefulness,” he added.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.