Writing on A6 of Tuesday’s Washington Post, religion writer Michelle Boorstein opined that conservative, evangelical voters will have quite the dilemma on their hands this November as they will have to decide whether abortion or racism “is a worse sin” in choosing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
“Monday’s Supreme Court ruling tossing Texas abortion restrictions puts a massive spotlight on the new debate pressing evangelicals: Which is a worse sin, racism or abortion,” Boorstein began amidst the paper’s coverage of the far-left Supreme Court decision.
Only making brief allusions to how some voters are choosing to not vote for either candidate, Boorstein described how “abortion has been the mother of all deciding issues for evangelicals” going back decades but now may be put to the test thanks to “Donald Trump’s unusually incendiary comments about race, culture and religion, this second issue is becoming increasingly sacred.”
“This question of how to deal with Hillary Clinton’s robust support for abortion rights along with Trump’s challenging of the place of minorities is one of the most common at evangelicals’ dinner tables today, laying bare divisions between young and old and white and non-white. And it is a challenge to the evangelical-GOP alliance that has been sacrosanct for generations,” she gloated.
Noticeably absent from her piece is any sort of argument as to why abortion is such an sin but Boorstein made sure to elaborate on why so many view Donald Trump as a racist to the point that it’s an automatic assumption.
Also in an aside that be seen as downright bizarre, Boorstein found it pertinent to note the uneasiness among some evangelicals in today’s world due to “the subject of privilege”:
A growing percentage of U.S. evangelicals are now non-white – 76 percent are white – and many leaders have said issues surrounding ethnic and racial diversity are pressing on this massive group. One obvious side effect, experts say, is that the subject of privilege is a greater part of the conversational mix.
Earlier this year, it made news when a young leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement addressed a major conference of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, one of the nation’s largest evangelical college ministries. Earlier this month, the Southern Baptist Convention — the largest faith group in the U.S. outside the Catholic Church — voted to condemn the Confederate flag.
While Boorstein has shown an ability to be even-keeled in religious pieces (compared to others), NewsBusters archives reveal that she hasn’t been without bias when it comes to almost exclusively harping on anything negative about the Catholic Church.