On Faith, Dem VP Candidate Tim Kaine Walks Far Afield

I have no problem with politicians quoting Scripture. In fact, I think if more politicians replaced their own empty promises with the words of the Bible, our politics would be more substantive by leaps and bounds. But when politicians — or anyone else, for that matter — misuse Scripture to support a position that Scripture is clearly against, they should be respectfully, but unequivocally challenged.

Last weekend, as Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine spoke to a far left LGBT-activist group, Kaine invoked the Bible as evidence that his church was wrong on the issue of marriage:

And you know, like many people of faith including maybe many in this room, my support for marriage equality now — my full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality — is at odds with the current doctrine of the Church that I still attend. But I think that’s going to change too. I think that’s going to change too.

And I think it’s going to change because my church also teaches me about a Creator — in the first chapter of Genesis — who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and said, “It is very good. It is very good.” Pope Francis famously said, “Who am I to judge?” And to that I want to add, “Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family?” I think we are supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.

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If you didn’t follow the logic there, you’re not alone. Tim Kaine is saying that his church should change its position on same-sex marriage because in Genesis 1:31, God declared His creation “very good.” Never mind that one doesn’t have to read much further to find that same-sex marriage was not what God was talking about here — in just the next chapter of Genesis it says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24) It’s a pronouncement that Jesus specifically affirms in Matthew 19.

And on the issue of Kaine’s church flipping on the issue, Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued a statement to clear up any confusion Kaine might have, saying, “…the Catholic Church’s 2000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute.”

Radical views on Christianity aren’t new to Senator Kaine. As, FRC Action’s own Ken Blackwell pointed out recently, when Kaine was in Honduras in the 1980’s, according to the New York Times, he was a follower of a Marxist-infused ideology called liberation theology, in which the gospel is replaced with a message of social reform.

This may explain why just like with marriage, on abortion policy, Kaine is at odds with both his church — and apparently himself. He says he’s personally opposed to abortion, yet has a 100 percent voting record with NARAL Pro-Choice America. He has claimed to support the Hyde Amendment, which blocks taxpayer funding of abortion, yet he fully supports Hillary Clinton’s agenda, which (along with the Democratic platform) promises to repeal it, forcing Americans to pay for the killing of innocent babies.

Truth is resilient. In fact, it is unchanging. Try as they might, the Left has not been able to eradicate it. So the next best thing is to redefine it. They may succeed for a moment, but ultimately the truth will prevail.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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