David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times
writes an interesting piece about the “The Evangelical Crackup.” The article focuses on the shifting political allegiances of evangelical Christians in America. His contention is that the Christian conservative voting bloc is about to fall apart and go the way of the dinosaur.
Although I think Kirkpatrick’s understanding of the evangelical movement is seriously deficient, he has one think right. If Rudy Giuliani becomes the Republican nominee for president, there will be a tectonic shift in the Republican party. He writes:
“If Giuliani captures the nomination despite the threat of an evangelical revolt, it will be a long time before Republican strategists pay attention to the demands of conservative Christian leaders again.”
He is certainly correct in this prediction, and it is precisely the reason that I will not vote for Rudy Giuliani either in the primary or the general election. A Rudy Giuliani candidacy would spell disaster for the pro-life movement. A Giuliani presidency would merely put the nail in the coffin of the pro-life movement in the Republican Party. The country would effectively have two pro-choice parties instead of one, and neither party would need to listen to those who stand for life. In our two party system, there would be no viable mechanism for putting an end to the regime of Roe v. Wade (which has already presided over the legal execution of over 40 million unborn humans since 1973).
A Giuliani candidacy would permanently banish the pro-life movement to the political margins. Because I care about the unborn and because I don’t want the unborn to be without a voice in our national political life, I will not support Rudy Giuliani. I continue to believe that the long-term damage done by a Giuliani presidency would be far worse than one or two terms with Hillary Clinton as president, even though she would be a disaster for the pro-life cause as well. The difference is that if Clinton becomes president over Giuliani, the pro-life movement has a chance of retaining its plank in the Republican platform. If Giuliani is elected, the plank will certainly be removed.
What difference does all this make now? It means that we must avoid a Giuliani candidacy at all costs. Pro-life voters need to coalesce around a candidate now who can beat Giuliani in the primaries. Anyone talking about supporting Giuliani now has put too little priority on the life issue. That must change, quickly, and in spite of the Giuliani apologists (like Sean Hannity).