Vice-presidential pick, Tim Kaine, recently stated in an interview that he is a traditional Catholic; but Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher, says there’s nothing traditional or Catholic about his position on abortion.
During a recent television interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Tim Kaine was asked to describe his position on abortion. The senator responded:
“I would say people use labels all the time… But I’m kind of a, look, traditional Catholic. I don’t like — personally, I’m opposed to abortion, and personally, I’m opposed to the death penalty…I deeply believe — and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.”
This comment did not generate much attention from the media initially. But after Hillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party nomination for president, with Kaine running as her V.P., people have become curious about the Virginia senator.
Leading the discussion, Crutcher stated, “You cannot sit here and say, ‘I’m a good catholic’ when a central tenant of the catholic church is the protection of innocent human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. You can’t then reject that, and then call yourself, as he says, ‘a traditional catholic.'” Crutcher added, “There’s nothing traditional and there’s nothing catholic about this guy.”
Instead, Mark calls Kaine’s position, and others taking this same position, “the coward’s position.”
He points out that it is the ‘coward’s position’ for one very simple reason. “…There’s only one reason to be personally opposed to abortion – because you think it’s murder…but then you turn right around and say, ‘but I think it ought to be legal’…”
Of course the media never questions this flawed logic or calls out the politicians for taking such a position. This interview was no different. NBC’s Chuck Todd never batted an eye during Tim Kaine’s response. Crutcher points out that this was a missed opportunity for Todd and NBC.
“…Why isn’t he turning around and saying, ‘ok…you personally believe that an unborn child is a living human being from the moment of conception – which is what you’re saying. But you think it ought to be legal to do it? What other human beings do you think it ought to be legal to kill?.'”
Tim Kaine is one of many politicians claiming to be Christian, that over the years, Mark has assured is definitely not. He assures that their very position on abortion proves it.
“I said the same thing about Bill Clinton,” says Crutcher. “He’s not a Baptist. Al Gore is not one. This guy is not one.”
Like many in the pro-life movement, Mark has little respect for those who take this position. But Mark states that he has less respect for them, than he has for someone who supports abortion because they don’t believe the unborn is a living human being.
“That person is wrong on the science, but their logic is correct,” he clarifies. “If you honestly don’t believe that the unborn child is a living human being, then it makes sense for you to not be opposed to abortion…People who take this position…this man is an abject coward.”
It is then that Mark provides the perfect analogy for these politicians. He reminds viewers of the old saying:
You can change your name to Cadillac and sleep in the garage, but that doesn’t make you a car.
It is the duty of those of us in the pro-life movement to remind those politicians that this is the worst of all possible positions they can take.
See more in the LifeTalk episode: Lies, Deception, and The Coward’s Position on Abortion