By Steven Ertelt
A coalition of 26 black Christian leaders and pastors have released an open letter slamming pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her strong support for abortion. Te black Christian leaders say abortion has had a “catastrophic impact” on the black community because black unborn children are disproportionately targeted in abortions.
“Today in the United States more than ten million people of African descent face a crisis of catastrophic proportion,” it says. “As leaders of the Pentecostal-Charismatic wing of the black church, we are requesting a meeting with you to discuss some of the critical issues in the black community: education and employment, religious freedom, violence, and justice for the unborn.”
“How do you justify your unconscionable silence in the face of such destruction of innocent black life? Don’t black lives matter?” they ask Clinton about abortion.They continue:
Secretary Clinton, we are also very concerned about your position regarding unborn children and the black church’s commitment to defend them.
In April 2015 in a speech before the National Organization of Women you stated “Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth… 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…”
For political leaders to call for changes in citizens’ beliefs is reminiscent of totalitarianism. In our view, such a proposal constitutes a denial of our religious freedom.
The vast majority of black churches hold biblical teaching, which is eternal, as authoritative for doctrine and practice. Abortion is the deliberate destruction of a human life in its most vulnerable state. Biblical principle and natural law, both of which prohibit the taking of innocent human life, compel our concern about the increasing moral complicity with abortion.
For the same reasons that we as black Christian leaders oppose racism, unjust wars, capital punishment and euthanasia, we oppose the violent denial of life to the unborn through abortion.
It is our view that human life is a gift of God that we are called upon to protect, nurture and sustain, because we are created in God’s image. Therefore, our opposition to abortion is a logical outgrowth of our view that there must be justice for all.Pastors' letter to Hillary Clinton continues