The unmasking of the “pro-life” movement


This former Marco Rubio faith advisor is likely catching a tremendous amount of grief and ill-will for his courageous act:

Eric Teetsel had intended to stand outside Donald Trump’s meeting with evangelical leaders Tuesday and talk with attendees he knew about why he thought the gathering was a bad idea.

But when Teetsel, a 32-year-old evangelical political activist who was Sen. Marco Rubio’s faith adviser during the Florida Republican’s presidential campaign, arrived at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, he felt compelled to do something more to speak out against Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

He walked to a Walgreens, looking for poster board, so he could create a handmade sign on the spot and hold it outside the meeting. But Walgreens didn’t have any.

“I wondered if that was a sign from God that I shouldn’t do this,” Teetsel told me, sitting at a table on the ninth floor of the cavernous hotel. “Then I walked to Staples and found some poster board.”

He used a red marker in his bag to write out a message for attendees, spectators and reporters gathered: “Torture is not pro-life. Racism is not pro-life. Misogyny is not pro-life. Murdering the children of terrorists is not pro-life.”

Teetsel included a Scripture verse, Proverbs 29:2, at the bottom, which says, “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

He stood outside on Broadway, a former presidential campaign adviser holding a handwritten sign denouncing his own party’s presidential nominee amid the spectacle of Times Square.

Teetsel is not an impartial observer, politically speaking. He traveled to New York this week from his home in Kansas to participate in meetings with leaders of Better for America, a group organizing a campaign-in-waiting for an independent candidate who could give voters an alternative to both Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But Teetsel did feel compelled to do more than just maintain a low-key presence in the lobby outside the meeting between Trump and several hundred evangelical leaders.

“Christians are called to live out the Gospel in every aspect of their lives, including politics. It matters. It’s important. But we have to be sure that we are representing the Gospel in truth,” he said. “I think we know enough about Donald Trump to know that a Christian response should be prayer for him, but also a prophetic witness about what is true.”

May the good Lord give Teetsel the perseverance and stick-to-it-iveness he’s clearly going to need as he faces the fallout and wrath of the glassy-eyed Trumpetists.


Originally published at Brutally Honest.

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  • Scalia

    Christians are called to live out the Gospel in every aspect of their lives, including politics. It matters. It’s important. But we have to be sure that we are representing the Gospel in truth,” he said. “I think we know enough about Donald Trump to know that a Christian response should be prayer for him, but also a prophetic witness about what is true.

    Then why focus on Trump? Both Clinton and Obama claim to be Christians. Doesn’t that also apply to them?

    Besides, “pro-life” has a particular meaning—one is opposed to murder. Waterboarding, whether or not you agree with the tactic, isn’t murder. Misogyny, as bad as it is, isn’t murder. Deliberately killing the children of terrorists is murder, so that would apply. It appears that the protester should refine his criticisms.

    • The focus was on Trump because this occurred at an Evangelical rally for Trump and Mr. Teetsel is an evangelical questioning that support. Seems rather obvious to me, not sure why it’s an issue for you. Were evangelicals holding a rally for either Clinton or Obama? No. Again, really don’t follow the premise of the argument.

      Only recently, and by that I mean within the last say 20 or 30 years or so, has pro-life been defined as narrowly as you’re defining it here. The fact is that Catholics, and more recently many evangelicals, have a much broader understanding of what pro-life means… one consistent with Scriptural teachings and the very Catholic/Christian notion of the dignity and worth of every human being.

      Focus on the Family put this video out just a few years ago that I think counters effectively your premise:

      • Scalia

        Oh, I certainly agree that “pro-life” can encompass a lot of things, but since you don’t define “many,” I’m thinking that “many” doesn’t amount to “most.” I’ve been in the pro-life movement for decades, and it consistently and primarily refers to abortion. In the political lexicon, when a candidate says s/he is pro-life, everybody understands that to mean that s/he is against abortion.

        As to the protest, I understand the criticisms of Trump, and I agree with most of them, but for an evangelical, what is most offensive to the pro-life cause? I would venture to say that most evangelicals would see Hillary as the greater threat. I don’t mind them picking on Trump, but I simply hope that they would devote an equal amount of energy against a candidate who supports abortion up to the moment of birth.

        • So I guess Focus on the Family represents something other than most evangelicals… which might come as a surprise to James Dobson and FoF’s board… nevertheless, as I’ve already responded to Pennywit, I think wiser evangelicals are attempting to counter the leftist argument, an effective one sadly, that pro-lifers only care about getting the child born, and that after this, our pro-life record suffers.

          • Scalia

            Well, they’re certainly evangelical, and as I said, the term can be used to encompass a lot of things. It just has a traditional, restricted political meaning. Evangelicals have donated millions of dollars and have reached across the globe to alleviate the suffering of others. Could they do more? I guess so, but everybody can do more than what they’re doing. I think it’s a gross mischaracterization to imply that they don’t care about people after they’re born.

          • I do too… and I think that’s the perspective Teetsel is attempting to fight, the one he’s attempting to counter… of course, I’m now hearing that Dobson just got named to Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board… sigh… just dumb…

      • Commander_Chico

        Bush and Obama have already killed thousands of kids. With Hillary’s help.

    • pennywit

      I’ve typically thought of the pro-life movement as the “antiabortion movement.”

      • Most do and I think it’s thinking that needs to expand to counter the arguments made by the left, effective ones in my view, that we focus only on abortion and that once the child is born, that child is largely ignored by the pro-life movement.

  • Kaiser Derden

    since Trump is not a racist or a misogynist and waterboarding is not torture this guy needs more facts and less courage …

    • Trump is absolutely a racist, a misogynist and waterboarding is torture…

      • Brucehenry

        Indeed, and Trump has promised, and I quote, to use “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

    • Commander_Chico

      Everyone who has ever been waterboarded says it is torture.

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