Joe Scarborough — host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" — said Friday that "Jesus never once talked about abortion" in the New Testament, and he accused pro-life Christians of "heresy," saying they're "perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue."
"Morning Joe" ran a video of Republican South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy, who calls herself "pro-life," speaking against a near-total abortion ban in the state — which was defeated Thursday. In the clip, Shealy said those in favor of an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest are "miscommunicating with God — or maybe you're just not communicating with him at all."
Scarborough lauded Shealy's speech and then accused pro-life Christians of "heresy" and suggested that Jesus doesn't necessarily oppose abortion because the Bible doesn't record him having said the word.
“As a Southern Baptist, I grew up reading the Bible — maybe a backslidden Baptist, but I still know the Bible. Jesus never once talked about abortion, never once! And it was happening back in ancient times, it was happening during, in his time!" Scarborough said angrily. "Never once mentioned it, and for people perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue, it’s heresy.”
He then ripped pro-life Christians again, saying they're "using" Jesus to force raped children to carry pregnancies to term, noting the recent case of the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who traveled to Indiana to get an abortion since she couldn't get one in her home state.
“If you don’t believe me, if that makes you angry, why don’t you do something you haven’t done in a long time?" Scarborough said sarcastically. "Open the Bible, open the New Testament, read the red letters. You won’t see it there. And yet there are people who are using Jesus as a shield to make 10-year-old raped girls go through a living and breathing hell here on Earth. They’ve also conveniently overlooked the parts of the New Testament where Jesus talks about taking care of the needy. Taking care of those who are helpless, who live a hopeless life. Because they believe, these state legislators believe, that life begins at fertilization and ends at childbirth.”
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(H/T: The Daily Caller)