So during his first week in office, late on Friday afternoon when no one was around, Obama rescinds the Mexico City Policy. The effect of his action is to promote abortion in the Third World. This policy was put in place so as to prevent fanatical abortion organizations from receiving US federal funding to try to solve the problem of poverty by means of encouraging the poor to kill their children. (For a detailed explanation of this policy see this wonderful pastoral letter from Bishop Joseph Martino to Senator Bob Casey: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/02/bp-martino-instructs-sen-casey-on-the-mexico-city-policy/)
Now that the election is over, we now have proof that Wallis and co. were merely front men in a partisan Democratic scheme to siphon off votes from Evangelicals who know that abortion is morally evil, but might be confused into thinking that the Democrats would reduce abortions by means of their pro-welfare policies. Now we know that it was all just a partisan scam.You think that is too harsh? Consider this. Wallis and co. made a big deal of the study posted on the website Catholics in Alliance for Common Good that purported to "prove" that increased welfare funding to single mothers decreases abortion. Once the election was over, the study was pulled down and then replaced a couple of days later. The reason? The data on the number of abortions was "discovered" to be wrong. The study did not actually "prove" what it purported to prove. (See Michael New's article: http://www.moralaccountability.com/obama-on-abortion/holding-catholics-in-alliance-for-the-common-good-morally-accountable/)
A few weeks later, it was revealed that the Board chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, was an Obama fundraiser and even a member of his National Finance Committee. She raised over $350,000 for Obama during his run for president. Yet the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good organization claimed to be "non-partisan" as it consistently argued for positions taken by Obama. (See the article for more information: http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=32249&wf=rsscol)
For years, Wallis has harped on how bad it was that Evangelicals were "in bed with" the Republican Party and how corrupting it is to sell your soul to a party. He liked to give the impression that, being non-partisan himself, he was free to be "prophetic" rather than playing party politics, unlike the Dobsons and Colsons and Robertsons, who had sold out. What utter hypocrisy on Wallis' part! At least, Dobson, Colson and Robertson came right out and admitted that they were voting Republican, rather than trying to hide their partisanship behind a cloak of neutrality.
It is the right of Wallis, McLaren and Campolo to vote Democrat all they want. All I ask is that they stop trying to play both sides of the street by pretending that non-partisan people vote Democrat and only ideologues vote Republican. And they should admit that private, legalized killing is just not as important to them as increasing welfare. Let's debate the real issues, not "abortion reduction scams."