Trump and the culture war issues

An Associated Press story, excerpted and linked after the jump, says that Trump’s election victory “resets” the culture wars.  It quotes LGBT and pro-abortion activists lamenting that their causes have experienced a setback.

First of all, Trump supports gay rights.  He “is fine” with gay marriage, something he reiterated after his election.  And the sexual revolution certainly has nothing to fear from someone with his record.

But he is committed to appointing pro-life judges, something else he reiterated after his election.  And, based on earlier statements, he is likely to be more friendly to religious liberty issues, such as allowing conscience exemptions.

So cultural conservatives are likely to get something, though not everything, from a Trump presidency.  But the same can be said of cultural liberals.

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Methodists go pro-life

We mustn’t give up on the Protestant mainline.  At its recent General Conference, the United Methodist Church voted to repeal its four-decades-old resolution supporting abortion.  It also voted to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. [Read more…]

Trump wants GOP platform to allow for abortion

Donald Trump said that he wants to change the Republican platform so that it allows for abortion in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

This makes no difference to Christian followers like activist Phyllis Schafly, even though she rejects those exceptions (unlike other recent Republican nominees) and formerly fought other attempts to change the platform on this issue.   The current language calls for a human life amendment and for legislation to apply the 14th amendment to unborn children. [Read more…]

From pro-abortion to pro-life

Friday was the March for Life, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  To mark that occasion, read Frederica Mathewes-Green writing about why she changed her views about abortion, going from strongly “pro-choice” to strongly “pro-life.”  Read her whole essay, linked after the jump.  I post a powerful excerpt. [Read more…]

What abortion does to us

Charles Krauthammer raises a striking point in his discussion of the Planned Parenthood videos:

Abortion critics have long warned that the problem is not only the obvious — what abortion does to the fetus — but also what it does to us. [Read more…]


That video we blogged about showing a Planned Parenthood official coldly discussing how they conduct abortions in such a way so as to maximize organ harvesting was picked up by the mainstream media and has sparked much outrage across the spectrum.

Planned Parenthood claims that the prices quoted ($30 and $100 for fresh fetal organs) were just shipping and handling charges, not sales, which would be illegal, something Congress will be investigating.   Though the abortionists are insisting that they were simply donating the tissue for scientific purposes, the filmers were posing as customers wanting to buy organs.   Pro-abortion zealots, of course, defended Planned Parenthood, though most people, including many liberals, were appalled.  (See Who had the worst week in Washington? Planned Parenthood. – The Washington Post.)

After the jump, read Michael Gerson’s column in the Washington Post about the way the woman on the video and abortion apologists are guilty of dehumanization. [Read more…]