The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez had stated that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton wants Hispanic Christians to go against their own religious beliefs in supporting her.
In a statement emailed to supporters on Monday morning, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference said that Clinton wants Christians “‘to Sacrifice Our Most Cherished Values.”
“Latinos are pro-life. Latinos, whether they be Evangelical or Catholic, must never sacrifice truth on the altar of political expediency,” stated Rodriguez.
“By asking for our support, Sec. Clinton is asking us to sacrifice our most cherished values. She is asking us to defy our faith. She is asking us to sacrifice the sacred.”
Rodriguez went on to contrast Clinton’s positions on abortion with Republican Party nominee Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall on America’s border with Mexico.
“Donald Trump speaks of building a wall but Hillary Clinton has already built one. The Democratic candidate’s abortion stance … serves as a greater wall than any rhetorical, hypothetical or physical wall,” continued Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s statement came in response to the third presidential debate, wherein Clinton espoused strong support for keeping abortions performed in the third trimester legal.
Last week when debate moderator Chris Wallace asked her about her strong support for abortion, Clinton argued that “Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account.”
“The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make,” said Clinton.
“I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions. So you can regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the mother taken into account.”
Since the Supreme Court ruled in Doe v. Bolton that the health exception can be whatever the abortionist decides, an abortion law with a health exception effectively legalizes abortion for any reason.
Rodriguez’s recent statements on Clinton’s pro-choice stance and the Christian Latino conscience echo remarks he made back in July.
In a column published by Fox News, Rodriguez argued that the Democratic Party was alienating Latinos through their failures to pass immigration reform and maintaining a staunch pro-choice stance on legislative matters.
Read more at Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Position Worse Than Donald Trump’s Border Wall, Samuel Rodriguez Tells Hispanic Christians.