The AHA? I refer to the group, Abolish Human Abortion. They are a new, young, evangelical bunch who are doing a lot of neat pro-life stuff. I don’t know all that much about them, but you can check out their website here: http://abolishhumanabortion.com/
As I say, they seem to be doing a great job, and are very creative, especially in posters and the like which can be found on Facebook and other places. I have been eagerly sharing their great posters and other activities far and wide on FB, and have been a keen supporter of their work – at least until today.
Now I am not so sure. Today I discovered a position statement of theirs which was really most disappointing. It is a position statement on the upcoming American presidential election, and where they stand. This is what they have just posted in this regard:
“We would like to issue a clarification. The A//A admins do not endorse Mitt Romney and will not be voting for him. However, we realize that many members of our page do not share this conviction and will be voting for Romney in order to vote against Obama (the most radical pro-abort president in history).
“Both sides of this divide can agree on this: Regardless of who wins the presidency, we still need to change our pro-choice culture and we can work together to accomplish that. We realize that abolition probably won’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop calling for an immediate and total end to the practice of human abortion!
Now, what is wrong with this position? Heaps. First of all, everything they said in their first paragraph basically undermines what they said in the second. If they really believe abortion is the great moral evil of our time which must be abolished, then they will not do something so very foolish. They should not be coming apart at the seams here, caving in to this unbiblical and just plain foolish thinking.
The truth is this: Barack Hussein Obama has been America’s most pro-abortion president ever. He has been horrendous in this respect, and if he gets back in for another four years, the damage he causes will be awful – perhaps irreversible.
To not vote for the only man who can dislodge BHO is the height of irresponsibility, and it seems to me AHA, in telling people this is their stance – and probably encouraging many other gullible Christians to follow suit – will in fact have blood on their hands.
They are doing this of course for one simple reason: Romney is a Mormon, and they don’t want to muddy their theological hands by voting for him. They think it is far more important to maintain some specious spiritual purity here than to concentrate on the most important task of this election: getting rid of BHO.
This is the height of irresponsibility and foolishness. We are not voting for a Theologian-In-Chief here, but the president. To believe that voting for this pro-life alternative to Obama is somehow going to defile you and your faith is just plain senseless.
But I have written in great detail about all this in at least three articles now, so I will not repeat myself here. Please consult these pieces for why I think this is such a silly, unhelpful and irresponsible position to hold:
By taking an almost Pharisaical stance here (“See, I am clean and pure – I did not vote for that Mormon”) they are doing one thing and one thing only: they are helping to ensure that BHO gets back in to office and does even more horrendous evils – not just on the abortion front but on so many other fronts.
But the folks at AHA will somehow think their conscience is clear here. Sorry, not in my books – as I said, I believe they will have blood on their hands – at least indirectly. All their pontificating about being abolitionists will appear to be more rhetoric than reality.
Now as I said, I don’t know much about these guys. Up till now I thought they were doing a great work, and in most respects I still do. They mean well and are zealous on the abortion issue. I will probably keep sharing their terrific posters far and wide.
And I have already made my thoughts known about this on their FB page. So I am saying nothing new here publically that I have not already told them privately.
So I hope they continue to grow, thrive and be effective in their great pro-life work. We need to pray for them and encourage them to keep up the good work, and to have sound wisdom and sense as they do so. But they really do need to reconsider this most unhelpful position they have rather foolishly latched on to. If they are serious about being abolitionists, then they really should rethink – and discard – this rather unfortunate position.
Press on AHA.
(Update – I have since been told that there is a different reason for their stance: Romney is not fully pro-life enough. In my eyes this does not change the heart of this article. It still means we have a “purist” mentality which will still result in the exact same outcome: more Obama and more abortion. But see my lengthy September 10, 12 pm comment on this below.)