During an appearance on ABC’s “The View” this week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asserted that she is a Christian who takes her faith “seriously” and a “praying person” when asked why evangelicals should consider voting for her.
“As someone who is an undecided evangelical voter, and someone who believes that our Judeo-Christian values are under attack or are declining, what can you say to me?” co-host Candace Cameron Bure asked Clinton during Tuesday’s broadcast. “What can you say to people out there like me [as to] why I might consider voting for you?”
“Well, first of all, I’m a Christian, and I take my faith very seriously,” Clinton replied. “It has gotten me through some difficult times in the course of my life.”
“Somebody asked me years ago, ‘Are you a praying person?’ And I said, ‘Well, a week in the White House will turn anybody into a praying person,'” she said. “So, luckily, I was one before I got there.”
Clinton also replied to Cameron that Americans need to “show great respect and support for religious freedom,” and stated that she believed terror groups such as ISIS target minorities such as Christians and Yazidis.
“I want to defend people’s right to have their religion, and I of course will always support and defend my faith, but I will not impose it on anyone else, and I will not ask the government to create conditions where that happens,” she said.
Prior to Cameron’s question, in hearkening back to a statement Clinton had made on NBC’s “The Press” that the “unborn person” doesn’t have constitutional rights under the law, co-host Paula Farris asked Clinton if she believed unborn babies could be aborted any time up until birth.
“At what point does someone have constitutional rights?” Farris asked. “Are you saying that a child on its due date, just hours before delivery, still has no constitutional rights?”
“Under our law, that is the case,” Clinton replied. “I support Roe v. Wade because I think it is an important statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision with consultation by whom she chooses: her doctor, her faith, her family. And under the law, and under certainly that decision, that is the way we structure it.”
“My view is, under the law, under Roe v. Wade, the appropriate way to handle this is to give that authority to women,” she said, generating applause and cheers from the audience. “I have no problem with people making the case, ‘Look, here’s the best choice, or here’s a better choice,’ but when the government gets involved, or when you say it’s illegal and women and doctors are criminals, that’s way too far for us.”
Cameron Bure had also asked Clinton if she believes one can be both pro-life and feminist.
“Of course you can be a feminist and be pro-life,” Clinton said.
Despite her claims to be a Christian, some have spoken out against Hillary Clinton, noting that her beliefs and policies run contrary to the word of God.
“We slaughter over one million babies per year in the womb. The number’s staggering. Are Christians supposed to remain mum about this tragic court-approved holocaust? Is God pleased if we just look the other way?” writes Bryan Ridenour on his blog “America, Look Up.” “When a candidate idolizes Margaret Sanger and is a darling of Emily’s List, conservatives need to run, not walk, in the other direction.”
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” he stated. “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”