Pastor and prominent Religious Left activist William Barber recently expanded the scope of his political advocacy by opposing an Alabama law that prohibits most abortions. The legislation is expected to undergo a series of court challenges that could potentially reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Barber’s ‘Moral Mondays’ initiative first gained traction in North Carolina by protesting conservative policies instituted by the state legislature, including funding reductions for state programs. The initiative served as a template for Barber’s creation of “Moral Witness Wednesdays.” These initiatives are part of Barber’s larger organization Repairers of the Breach (BRepairers) that claims a moral obligation to support an expansive taxpayer-funded welfare state. BRepairers portrays itself as based upon a framework of moral and constitutional values rooted in religiously progressive initiatives such as how society treats women, the LGBTQ community, the poor, immigrants, children, workers, and people of color.
Barber aimed his past advocacy efforts in support of anti-poverty initiatives, including the revived Poor People’s Campaign and a slate of other groups equating a biblical responsibility to care for the poor with voting for candidates who espouse a Big Government welfare state.
Barber described state officials as immoral and hypocritical while speaking at a May 28 Montgomery rally in protest of the recently passed Alabama abortion ban. He criticized the Alabama officials as pro-life on the issue of abortion but not pro-life when it came to wages or increasing funding for the food stamp program in Alabama. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Minister teamed with Planned Parenthood Action and the notorious Southern Poverty Law Center to host the rally, in which he charged:
“The same politicians that claim they are for life fight living wages, and want to cut food stamps, and don’t want people to have health insurance,” he said. “There’s a lie going on somewhere.”
Barber has made other comments regarding the alleged hypocrisy of conservative Christians on his Twitter account:
“I’m in Alabama today to help expose the false moral narrative of political leaders who claim to be pro-life while denying people the health care, living wages, common sense gun laws, and environmental protections we need to sustain life.”
Barber’s organization seeks to draw moral concern to societal treatment of children, while at the same time the pastor advocates for unrestricted abortion-on-demand. This professed concern for the most vulnerable in society is difficult to square with simultaneous attacks on the Alabama abortion ban.
In his advocacy, is Barber primarily concerned with Christian ethics and morality? His ethics appear situational rather than informed by scripture or historical church teaching. It is concerning that a Mainline Protestant pastor is okay with and supports abortion practitioners. By selectively cherry-picking what he qualifies as biblical tradition, Barber justifies his ideological positions.
It is equally concerning that not only does Barber protest the abortion ban but that he partners with Planned Parenthood and the SPLC in doing so. Church officials should look to scripture and historic Christian teaching that informs church positions on ethical issues including the sanctity of human life. Individual pastors and the broader Christian polity should not define their own individual preferences for ethical questions already answered in the scripture and through the actions and body of Christ. No matter what denomination, Barber, or any other religious progressive attempting to justify abortion through the disguise of morality, the scripture that sustains Christianity is clear on human life:
- Humans were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
- Not only did God make us but He values us (Romans 5:6-8)
- Children are a blessing (Psalm 127:3)
- God’s commandments not to Murder, reaffirmed by Christ (Matthew 19:18)
Recent claims and protests against abortion bans (that seek to protect the most vulnerable population in society) make sense in that Barber directs initiatives that mistake social justice to exclude religious freedom and the right to life. Social justice, as used by the Religious Left, is sometimes code for Big Government programs misrepresented as biblical justice and concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and most vulnerable in society. If Barber was truly concerned with morality and protecting children, his organizations would not team up with those who have killed millions of children. While Barber states that he is a Christian concerned with public morality, in reality he selectively ignores parts of the scripture that don’t comfortably align with the political Left.
 Planned Parenthood has its roots in the racist practice of eugenics and to this day African-Americans have an abortion rate four times higher than whites and Hispanics. Abortion has taken the lives of more black Americans than every other cause of death since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973.