As a devout Baptist, Former President Jimmy Carter doesn’t believe that Jesus Christ would support abortion in most cases, a vast difference between his Democratic contemporaries.
Speaking about the conflicts between his political beliefs and religious beliefs, Carter said he has “had a problem with abortion.”
“I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance, would approve abortions, unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So I have had that struggle,” Carter said to Huff Post Live on Sunday.
He clarified that his role as president was to uphold the Constitution, in his words, “as interpreted by the Supreme Court.”
The Supreme Court decision to which Carter is referring is Roe v. Wade, wherein abortion was legalized nationwide in 1973, four years before Carter was president.
On the topic of gay marriage, Carter said “that’s no problem with me.” He went on to say that he believes Jesus would approve of gay marriage.
“I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex,” Carter said.
Carter, a supporter of gay marriage, clarified that he would not force a church to perform the marriage if they did not want to.
“I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church, congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to. But those two partners should be able to go to the local court house or to a different church and get married. That’s no problem,” he added.
Another prominent liberal figure, Martin Luther King Jr., is said to have been pro-life, according to his niece, Dr. Alveda King, a major figure of the pro-life movement.
“My uncle would have been very pro-life today,” Alveda King told The Daily Signal in January.
“[Martin Luther King Jr.] said the Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,” Alveda King said. “Abortion, of course, forces us to do exactly that.”
Alveda King, who had two abortions herself, said in 2015 that she became pro-life in 1983, “the same year I was spiritually born again.”
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