Pro-Lifers Should Be Defending Democracy, Not Undermining It

Brian Fraga writes:

Trump and his Republican allies tried their best, though, to overturn the election results, filing dozens of lawsuits and pressuring officials in the battleground states Trump lost. The Trump campaign effectively had the help of the Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm that heretofore has mainly been known to file litigation to protect religious liberty and the constitutional rights of pro-life advocates….

Judges across the country did not find those arguments convincing, and in fact have thrown out every lawsuit alleging widespread election fraud or irregularities with absentee ballots. The U.S. Supreme Court last week effectively killed the Trump campaign’s last best hope for a judicial intervention….

Stephen Schneck, a retired Catholic University of America professor who supported Biden’s campaign, told me he was “baffled” by the Thomas More Society’s “entirely partisan approach” to election-related litigation.

“I think it’s kind of a scandal that a branded Catholic organization, whose real focus is supposed to be litigation to protect the unborn and religious liberty, is essentially acting as a proxy for the Trump campaign. It’s really hard to understand,” Schneck said.

Also critical was Robert Christian, the editor of Millennial…. Christian told me that “any group that wants to contribute to the pro-life cause should be working to strengthen American democracy, rather than undermining and attacking vital democratic norms and institutions.”

Said Christian, “Freedom, democracy, and the rule of law are necessary components of a true culture of life, where conflict is resolved peacefully rather than through force and other authoritarian tactics. This group’s shameless, brazen attempt to steal an election and overturn the will of the voters is unethical and badly damaging to the pro-life cause. The pro-life movement needs to operate with honesty and integrity if we want to win people over to our cause. Pushing conspiracy theories and undermining democracy will have the opposite effect.”

I remembered that last comment in viewing Catholic participation this past weekend in something called “The Jericho March,” which was really nothing more than a political rally where participants espoused debunked conspiracy theories and called on God to somehow overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 presidential election and keep Trump in the Oval Office.