'Feminists for Life' as VP Candidate?
By Doug Phillips / The Vision Forum
Posted by CovenantNews.com Editor at September 4, 2008 08:38 AM _________________________________________________
John McCain Picks Mother of Five and Member of 'Feminists for Life' as VP Candidate
By Doug Phillips / The Vision Forum
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He is elderly; she is young. He has a poor record on abortion; she is pro-life. He is a man; she is a woman. And by picking 44-year old mother and pro-life feminist Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, John McCain has made a politically strategic choice aimed at softening conservatives and evangelicals.
Mrs. Palin, a long-time member of “Feminists for Life,” is the mother of five children ages 7, 13, 17, and 19, and a four-month old Down’s syndrome baby born on April 17 of this year. She returned to the office of governor three days after giving birth to her child.
Despite the misleading statements on the right-to-life issue made at the Saddleback Church by candidate McCain, the Senator has a longstanding pro-abortion track record on matters of judicial appointments, stem cell research, funding for Planned Parenthood, and more. By selecting Palin, McCain hopes to soften his bad record on life and appeal to conservatives. By selecting a woman, he hopes to present Republicans as the party of inclusion and change. What does the Bible say about this issue? Bill Einwechter offers some important thoughts.
The selection of a feminist, pro-life mother of five with four children, seventeen and under, including a newborn Down’s syndrome baby, to fulfill the post of vice president is without precedent in American history. What Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was unable to accomplish for the feminist cause in 1984 may now be handed as a fait accompli to America through the hands of evangelicals and conservatives. After decades of Christian leaders fighting against the feminstic vision of the working supermom, Republicans are now showcasing the vision in the most high profile election in the world.
At this point, Americans must consider the real possibility that the United States may have a mother of young children serving ultimately as commander-in-chief of the military and chief executive over one of the most influential nations in the world. Today, our friend Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America offered a press release in which she declared: “Here is a woman of accomplishment who brings a fresh face to traditional values and models the type of woman most girls want to become.”
I respectfully disagree with part of that statement. I am confident that Mrs. Palin is a delightful, sincere, thoughtful, and capable woman with many commendable virtues. But in fairness, there is nothing “traditional” about mothers of young children becoming career moms, chief magistrates, and leading nations of three hundred million, nor is this pattern the biblical ideal to which young women should aspire. At a time when motherhood and marriage is so under attack, the message Republicans are sending is this: Winning political elections is more important than the following proposition given by the Lord: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5).
Posted by Doug Phillips on August 29, 2008
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