Michelle Higgins, director of Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy group in St. Louis, Missouri, and an active member of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, grabbed attention this week for a speech that she delivered at Urbana, a student missions conference that is co-sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Higgins delivered favorable remarks about the #BlackLivesMatter movement throughout the keynote address, but it's something that she said about adoption and abortion that drew the ire of at least one pro-life advocate.
Higgins essentially charged that Christians could end the "adoption crisis" if they wanted, but that they are too consumed with anti-abortion arguments and activism to do so, thus "withholding mercy from the living."
"In the United States, there are 100,000 children in foster homes. In the United States, there are 300,000 churches who identify as Protestant, so our Catholic brothers and sisters — they're not even on that list," she said. "We can wipe out the adoption crisis tomorrow. We could wipe it out this week, but we're too busy arguing to have abortion banned, we're too busy arguing to defund Planned Parenthood."
And she wasn't done there.
Huggins continued, "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 in only doing activism that makes you comfortable?"
Watch her remarks at the 13:30 mark below:
As TheBlaze previously reported, Higgins defended the Black Lives Matter movement throughout her speech, encouraging members of the audience to take part as well.
“Black Lives Matter is not a mission of hate. It is a not a mission to bring about incredible anti-Christian values and reforms to the world,” she said. “Black Lives Matter is a movement on mission in the truth of God.”
This led author Chelsen Vicari to push back in a column published on Life Site News, writing:
Deepening evangelicals passion for racial reconciliation is admirable, but need not come at the condemnation of the pro-life movement, a social justice movement all its own. Higgins might have mentioned to her young Christian listeners that within the pro-life movement is a unique and beautiful Black Lives Matter movement already in motion.
Just ask Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life. King openly shares her testimony of two abortions and God’s healing as she advocates against abortion’s racist intent. “Abortion and racism are evil twins, born of the same lie. Where racism now hides its face in public, abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only once dreamed,” wrote King. “Together, abortionists are destroying humanity at large and the black community in particular.”
Higgins correctly noted that followers of Jesus cannot hid the truths of history. Pro-lifers agree. That’s one reason why we want to see an end to the racial injustice perpetuated by abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Vicari continued by noting that the pro-life movement will continue working to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood — and will be busily doing so, because members "believe every life matters."
During the 2014-2015 school year, over 41,000 students and faculty participated in InterVarsity chapters across the country.
(H/T: Life Site News)
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