Michelle Higgins speaks at Urbana

InterVarsity’s Urbana 15 Speaker Criticizes Pro-Life Efforts as “A Big Spectacle”

on December 30, 2015

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A keynote speaker at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana missions conference criticized the pro-life movement as “a big spectacle” on Monday in St. Louis where 16,000 evangelical students gathered together.

The comment came from Michelle Higgins, the director of Faith for Justice and a #BlackLivesMatter activist, during her discussion on racial injustice. “We could end the adoption crisis tomorrow. But we’re too busy arguing to have abortion banned. We’re too busy arguing to defund Planned Parenthood,” charged Higgins. “We are too busy withholding mercy from the living so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn. Where is your mercy? What is your goal and only doing activism that is comfortable?”

The problem here is that Higgins bashes a social justice movement that actually aides her cause.


  1. Comment by ken on December 31, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Yes, the pro-life movement is a “big spectacle,” because there is a big holocaust going on, and it seems appropriate for people of conscience to make a fuss over it.

    I’m not too optimistic about young evangelicals. I think they’ve been fed a lot of feel-good religion in their churches, and they’ve decided they can feel good about claiming to be Christian while withdrawing from the culture wars so as to get cozy with their unbelieving friends. The churches have plenty of enemies on the outside, but the most insidious ones are on the inside.

  2. Comment by Patrick98 on December 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

    “The churches have plenty of enemies on the outside, but the most insidious ones are on the inside.” The Reformer of the church Martin Luther once famously remarked that the place the devil is most active is within the church. That was five hundred years ago. It was probably true before then, and since then.

  3. Comment by Brian Reid on January 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Clearly Satan (i.e. Black Lives Matter and many, many other organizations) have infiltrated the Church. Not good, but certainly this should come as no surprise to anyone. Christ in the End triumphs, and the Demonic Black Lives Matter organization will be obliterated along with all Evil.

  4. Comment by the_enemy_hates_clarity on December 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    As someone who has been involved with and supported Intervarsity for 25 years, I am deeply disturbed by this. I have a child in an intervarsity chapter at college, and he reports to me that their weekly meetings are now primarily on “white privilege” and “black lives matter.” My fear is Intervarsity is taking the Tony Campolo path. I hope for a strong response from Intervarsity to demonstrate that they are not just another post christian organization falling before secular values.

    In Christ,

    The enemy hates clarity

  5. Comment by Carlos on December 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Ouch, that’s bad news. If they’re talking just like the kids who are nonbelievers, then they are Christians in name only. I gather that the peer pressure at colleges today must be intense – pretty ironic, since colleges brag about being places for free and open discussion.

  6. Comment by John E on January 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Taking a gratuitous swipe at the pro-life movement is an excellent way to ensure I would never support or respect the speaker.

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