Selling Obama as a Pro-Life Candidate

Deal W. Hudson
October 2, 2008

Just when this presidential election could not get any stranger, David Brody reports the launching of a “Pro-Life Pro-Obama” Web site. When is the “John McCain, Pacifist” Website going to show up?

The effort to sell Obama as a pro-life candidate is being spearheaded by a group called the Matthew 25 Network, a PAC created by former Democratic political operative Mara Vanderslice. Vanderslice was director of religious outreach for the Kerry campaign in 2004 but was “silenced” when Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, publicized her connection with various far-left political groups.

Window readers might also remember the Matthew 25 organization from my story on the “non-partisan” convention in Philadelphia rallying Catholics to political involvement. The Matthew 25 booth featured a prominent picture of Obama along with words from Matthew 25:38, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,” made to look like they belonged to Obama, not Jesus.

The “Pro-Life Pro-Obama” Website confirms what I wrote yesterday: Doug Kmiec has become the Catholic outreach of the Obama campaign. The first thing you notice when the site opens is a prominent “Welcome from Doug Kmiec.”

Kmiec’s message is the one we have been hearing from Obama’s Catholics since the beginning of the campaign – that overturning Roe v. Wade is not an effective way to reduce abortions:

But after 35 years, a new approach is needed. Too many unborn lives are being lost as we wait for judges to get it right. Barack Obama’s strengthening of support for prenatal care, health care, maternity leave, and adoption will make the difference. Studies confirm it.

Doug Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life, has already written a devastating critique of Obama’s abortion reduction promises. But even Kmiec’s claims about Obama’s concern for prenatal care don’t comport with the facts. Steve Ertelt at LifeNews reported two days ago that Obama voted against an amendment extending a health care program to cover prenatal care.

This vote came in the midst of a congressional debate over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The defeat of SCHIP was taken up by pro-Obama Catholic groups like Catholics United to accuse various Republicans, including John McCain, of not being pro-life.

Obama supported SCHIP but opposed adding an amendment that would have, arguably, made it into an explicitly pro-life legislation.

Now that Kmiec has become the poster-boy for Obama’s Catholic efforts, his claims on behalf of his candidate grow ever larger. Apart from anchoring the “Pro-Life Pro-Obama” Web site, Kmiec is quoted from an interview with John Allen:

Conceding that Obama does not have “a perfect Catholic position on abortion,” Kmiec, nonetheless, insisted that voting for the Democrat is “not inconsistent with the teaching of the church.”

No, Obama’s position on abortion is not perfect; it’s exactly contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. The candidate Kmiec is touting as pro-life is the most extreme pro-abortion presidential nominee in the history of American politics.

The “Pro-Life Pro-Obama” Website represents not only increasingly hyperbolic claims for the Democratic candidate, but also a joining together of Catholic and Protestant efforts in support of the Obama campaign. The collaboration of Protestant Vanderslice with Catholic Kmiec reveals the intimate and active cooperation of Obama surrogates with outside groups such as the Matthew 25 PAC. Their determination to sell Obama to pro-life voters is admirable, while being completely ludicrous.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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