This is a Christian news and commentary website that purposely avoids the political aspect of issues, or what usually goes by the name of politics. Political discourse is diversionary, too easily ensnares the young in the faith, and deals with symptoms rather than causes. It is inevitable, however, that at certain times candidates will venture far into Christian circles, and espouse false dilemmas that must be rebuked. Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani epitomizes such a politician. Speaking at
Abortion can only be morally wrong if it is morally murder. There is nothing else that goes on in an abortion. In spite of his admission that a position on abortion is reached by “deep and profound judgment,”[ii] he is willing to disregard what he knows to be murder in order to win pro-abortion votes. Furthermore, he has the audacity to tell a Christian audience that: “Everybody’s got to make a choice. How important are the differences and then how important are the other issues that are involved in this election?”[iii] Giuliani is lying.
By implication, he is clearly presenting a false dilemma where Christians must chose to vote for the lesser of two evils. That’s simply not true, but Christians still fall for it nonetheless by misinterpreting their responsibility of Christian stewardship. The reasoning runs that because Christians are blessed to be citizens of this great nation founded on Christian principals, they are obliged to protect it and maintain it by participation in its affairs, and by voting. This is true, but when politicians who have absolutely no convictions, outside of getting elected, court the Christian vote they imply that, no matter what, in the end you’ve got to compromise; and that is not true.
Notice how Giuliani sets it up: “You have a right to evaluate this in figuring out if you can support me, and at what level you can support me.”[iv] In other words, a voter must separate themselves from their morals and lay them out in front of them like chips in a card game. Giuliani would have us to think that a hand of lower taxes, strong on defense, and which also holds the murder card; trumps his opponent, which also holds the murder card, but is high on taxes and low on defense. It doesn’t, because an individual who votes for Giuliani is also authorizing the murder of innocent babies. As a politician, Giuliani works hard to try and mask that fact.
By emphatically pronouncing his objection to abortion, he tries to give the voter another “level” for their conscious to retreat to in order pull the lever for him as a pro-life candidate. What Giuliani is also masking here is that there is a third vote whereby voters don’t have to get blood on their hands. Voters don’t have to settle for Giuliani, or for his murdering rivals, they can abstain. Abstention is a valid and important vote that is made after determining that there are no statesmen running for office; no candidates with moral convictions and the courage to stand up and fight for them.
It would be far easier to respect Giuliani if he would simply declare that he is pro-abortion. For him to say that he knows abortion is murder, that it is morally wrong, and that women should be allowed to commit that murder explains the degree to which he has compromised his own morals. This also indicates that he expects others to abandon morality and make decisions based solely on expediency.
Giuliani told the students at Houston Baptist that he had a profound respect for their views, and their education, and their religion.[v] Indeed, some students polled just after Giuliani’s appearance seemed taken by his performance. One remarked he thought Giuliani gave a great speech, and said: “I agree that we’re not going to agree 100 percent with all candidates. I think it was a good political stance to take. He’s sitting right in the middle.”[vi] It may be hoped that the warm, celebrity glow wares off soon after Giuliani has departed, and the spirit of compromise departs with him. That Giuliani has the nerve to show up on a
The Christian Post, May 14, 2007.
[ii] Stinebaker, “Giuliani Reaffirms Abortion Stance.”
[iv] Ibid. (emphasis added).