(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s policies on abortion, same-sex marriage, and the family are not anti-Christian, but they are wrong, former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told CNSNews.com at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ annual President’s Conference on Capitol Hill on Friday.
But House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Obama’s abortion and pro-homosexual marriage views were not wrong, and Clyburn declined to say whether they were anti-Christian or not.
“I consider them [Obama’s abortion and same-sex marriage policies] to be wrong, but I wouldn’t say I consider them to be anti-Christian, because that would reflect on his faith,” said Blunt.
“I believe he is genuine in his faith, but I think there are policies that are headed in the wrong direction, like reversing the Mexico City decision. I thought that was a tragic leap in the wrong direction, and that’s just the first of many things we are likely to see. But I wouldn’t say they are anti-Christian – just wrong,” Blunt added.
Obama’s executive order to reverse the long-standing Bush policy known as the Mexico City Policy – which barred taxpayer funds from being spent on abortion services overseas – now makes it possible for federal funds to go to non-governmental groups abroad that promote or perform abortions.
Clyburn, who also spoke at the President’s Conference, told CNSNews.com that he does not think Obama’s policies in support of same-sex marriage and abortion-on-demand should be considered wrong.
“It may be that someone has certain principles that don’t line up with someone else’s beliefs,” said Clyburn. “But if someone really believes something spiritually, I wouldn’t call it wrong.”
In his speech at the conference, Blunt said that Obama has been the most vocally Christian president in the White House since Jimmy Carter and that he does not doubt the sincerity of the president’s faith.
“Interestingly, President Obama probably has talked and been more overt in talking about faith than any president since President Carter,” said Blunt. “Part of that was because of his background. It was probably more important that he say often, and he did say often, ‘I am a committed Christian.’ Clearly, there were reasons to do that that were important, and one of them is that I believe he is a committed Christian.”
But Blunt also warned that evangelicals should be wary of some of the policies produced by the Obama administration in the coming years.
In 2007-2008, the National Right to Life gave Blunt a positive rating of 100 percent and gave Clyburn a zero. In 2007, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Clyburn a grade of 100 and gave Blunt a zero.
In 2007, the conservative pro-family group the Family Research Council gave Blunt a grade of 100 and Clyburn a zero.
During the presidential campaign, Obama promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would make abortion legal nationwide under all circumstances.
He also said he would work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. He also promised to reverse the Mexico City Policy, which he did quietly and without television cameras present late in the day on Jan. 23.
Further, the president’s whitehouse.gov Web site states that he wants to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the military and thus allow openly homosexual members to serve in the military and expand adoption rights to all couples and individuals “regardless of their sexual orientation.”