Page: Obama’s comments on poverty disappointing

Frank S. Page

Frank S. Page

NASHVILLE (BP) — President Obama’s suggestion that evangelicals often devote more resources to fighting abortion than caring for the poor reflects ignorance concerning denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank S. Page said on a national radio broadcast.

Page was referencing comments made by Obama at a May 12 panel discussion on poverty hosted by Georgetown University where the president said poverty relief “is oftentimes viewed” by churches “as ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion” in discussions of “the thing that is really going to capture the essence of who we are as Christians,” specifically referenced evangelical Christians.

The remarks about evangelicals point to “a bigger issue,” Page said. “It’s part of trying to silence Christians who are strongly pro-life. And it is part of a bigger [attempt] to keep us quiet, to put us in the corner, to ostracize us, to alienate us and to make us seem like uncaring, hurtful people.”

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