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Jimmy Carterís pro-life rhetoric Ďa political decision,í Baptist leaders say
Life Site News ^ | 4-11-12 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 04/11/2012 8:23:49 PM PDT by ReformationFan

Leader of former President Jimmy Carter’s longtime denomination say his calls for the Democratic Party to adopt a less radical pro-choice platform is a political calculation to help the party in the South.

“I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,” Carter told talk show host Laura Ingraham, while promoting his new study Bible. “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need…and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest.”

“I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party because of the abortion issue,” he said.

The political context, and the shift in Carter’s views since leaving the presidency, have made Southern Baptist leaders question his sincerity.

“What he’s doing is making a political calculation,” Dr. Richard Land told “It isn’t a moral decision about abortion. This is a political decision.”

Dr. Land, who has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988, said the issue “is killing the Democrats in the South” and that “Jimmy understands this. He understands the reason they lost the South is not the civil rights movement; it’s the abortion movement.”

“I think there’s a political calculus at play here,” agreed J. Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. “Jimmy Carter, though he wasn’t much of a president, is astute enough to recognize this is a battle they’re going to lose. Those who defended abortion homicide will be viewed similarly in history as those who opposed the abolition movement and supported slavery.”

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortions; jimmahcarter; prolife; richardland
I particularly like this section:

'Dr. Land told, “Jimmy has fallen prey to the common malady of mainline Protestantism: dalmation theology. The Bible is inspired in spots, and they individually are inspired to spot the spots. They just happen to be the spots they agree with.”

'Matt Barber agreed, “The liberal theologian is in the untenable position of having to take the Bible and say it is a really malleable text so they can take it and twist it and turn it contort is in such a way so they say it fits with their worldview.”

'“They stand in judgment of Scripture instead of standing under the judgment of Scripture,” Dr. Land said.'

This was Carter’s motive to create a new, more liberal Baptist church with former president Bill Clinton in 2008.

“They are people who were raised Southern Baptist in the case of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton but don’t really believe what Southern Baptists believe anymore but who want to nostalgically yearn for being called Southern Baptists,” Dr. Land said.

1 posted on 04/11/2012 8:23:53 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Many people actually improve with age,Jimmy is NOT one of those people.

2 posted on 04/11/2012 8:28:31 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ReformationFan; Farmer Dean

Rape or incest aren’t scripturally protected, nor is the mother’s life to my knowledge.

I don’t pass judgement in the latter case, just report. If it were my wife, I would wish to save her...

Tough stuff, but Jimmy Carter is not a spiritual guide through this thicket...

3 posted on 04/11/2012 8:51:50 PM PDT by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: ReformationFan

Typical liberal.
Rewrites history to suit him.

Rewriting the Bible to suit him is liberalism on steroids.

God will NOT be mocked-—or paraphrased.

4 posted on 04/11/2012 9:17:03 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: One Name

Do you know the movie ,The Cardinal ? I saw it when I was young and was really surprised at the outcome. Tough choice. I don’t think most people know how they would choose if in that situation.

5 posted on 04/11/2012 10:05:10 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

Haven’t seen it- thanks for the reference- will check it out.

Moral choices are by nature tough and unpopular but if your ultimate judge holds the keys to Heaven and Hell; that might be more important than local opinion.

6 posted on 04/11/2012 10:19:27 PM PDT by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: Farmer Dean
Carter has changed since his term in the WhiteHouse...

As difficult as this may be to believe...

He is more clueless now than he was then.
7 posted on 04/12/2012 11:46:27 AM PDT by JWinNC (
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