Comments made by Chelsea Clinton are being questioned after she claimed she left the Baptist church at the age of six because it opposed abortion. Controversial statements are not uncommon for Clinton, the daughter of Hillary Clinton.
Clinton had been asked in an interview to respond to those who question the evangelical credentials of her mother. Chelsea contends she was upset as a six-year-old when a children’s Sunday school class talked about the sanctity of unborn life and that abortion was wrong.
The 40-year-old Chelsea says her family gets attacked from both ends of the spectrum, including atheists and secularists who question the sincerity of politicians who go to church.
“I find it quite insulting sometimes when people say to my mom, my dad or me . . . that they question our faith,’ said Chelsea. “I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school.” She added, “That’s a true story.”
Atheists aren’t’ the only people talking about the Clintons’ faith. Conservatives, including Catholics and Evangelicals, have long questioned how politicians and others can claim to uphold the Bible’s teaching on the sanctity of unborn life when they publicly support abortion on demand and, now, abortion until birth. President Joe Biden has even been denied communion by the Catholic Church because of his support for abortion.
Hillary Clinton has regularly talked about her faith and how it undergirds every decision she makes, causing some to question her honesty either about her faith, or how she reconciles the taking of unborn life with that faith in public policy.
In 2017, Hillary told the New Yorker that she was “raised to believe that actions spoke louder than words.” Clinton went on to say that she told people in churches that “If you were a person of faith, that should be evident in how you treated other people and what kind of life you lived. So, I didn’t go around talking about it a lot, but it certainly was foremost in my mind. I’ve tried to express it, sometimes more effectively than other times, over the course of the last twenty or thirty years. But I’ve tried to be guided by it, even more importantly.”
Her only daughter echoed those views in the recent interview. “My mother is very deeply a person of faith,” Chelsea claimed. “It is deeply authentic and real for my mother, and it guides so much of her moral compass, but also her life’s work.”
“I recognized that there were many expressions of faith that I don’t agree with and feel quite antithetical to how I read the Bible,” Chelsea said. “But I find it really challenging when people who are self-professed liberals kind of look askance at my family’s history.”
A columnist for The New York Post quoted Chelsea Clinton’s comments from a Democrat who took notes at the event.
In an August of 2018 speech for a “Rise Up for Roe” event, Clinton told attendees that Roe v. Wade had contributed to the U.S. economy because it allowed women to enter the workforce. Clinton stated, “It is not a disconnected fact…that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?”
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice