an example of poor reasoning - Donald Miller

The DNC is happy to have Donald Miller give the opening invocation after Cameron Strang declined. Christianity Today interviewed Miller about his reasoning. He complains that the Republicans have accomplished nothing for the pro-life movement hence it's not worth putting up with all their baggage. He says
The issue of abortion is a very sensitive one and it’s an important issue. I look at from a perspective of, what’s the best that we can do. As we elect a Republican House and Senate, and as we elect Republican leadership in the executive branch, we see very little changes on that issue. We’re electing someone who agrees with us on abortion, being sort of a tragedy in our country, and yet can’t get anything done. It’s kind of like saying, I want a pilot on my plane who feels this way about abortion, but he can’t fly the plane. The executive branch doesn’t have that much power, it has some power, but it doesn’t have much power. You look at the reality of that and say, what can I do to defend the sanctity of all human life, including the living, and the marginalized and the oppressed and the poor? What can we do to better social conditions so that less women are put in situations where they feel like they need to have an abortion. What does looking at the issue holistically look like. I hope the Democrats will listen to those of us who lean toward pro-life and those changes can be made.
This line of thought is equaivalent to the sound of one hand clapping.

He is correct that the executive branch can't do very much directly for the pro-life cause. Indirect contributions include the nomination of judges in every level of the federal court system. However, even when the Republicans controlled Congress and the Presidency Democrats were able to block judicial nominations. With a Democratic Congress, the President can veto laws that further put at risk citizens in the womb. On the other hand, Obama has vowed to sign into law an expansion of the abortion industry if elected. So a pro-life party can only work against abortion one small step at a time but an anti-baby rights party can damage those small victories with much ease. Will the Democrats listen to those pro-lifers? Why?

I favorably reviewed one of his books here.


Jeremy Dalton said…
Good stuff, as usual. Thank you for continuing to write about this issue. I believe this is the most important elections in my lifetime and everyone needs to educate themselves as much as possible on where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to them.

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