‘I take my faith really seriously…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the GOP isn’t a “faith-driven party,” and that many of its policies fly in the face of Christianity.
In an interview with “The NPR Politics Podcast,” Gillibrand said President Trump and the rest of the GOP don’t actually care about Scripture and its commandments.
“I don’t think the Republican Party is a faith-driven party. I really don’t,” Gillibrand said in the interview. “I think when they don’t feed the poor and don’t vote for food stamps, when they don’t care about families struggling and living in poverty, when they continue to invest in for-profit prisons, they aren’t doing what the Gospel tells them to do: feed the poor, help the sick.”
Gillibrand, who was raised Catholic and still considers herself an active member of the Church, said she attends a bipartisan multidenominational Senate Bible study when Congress is in session.
But the senator continues to advocate for radical pro-abortion policies, which the Catholic Church has denounced.
“I have very strong faith that guides me. But I think the Catholic Church can be wrong on many things. And I don’t agree with their views on reproductive rights,” Gillibrand said, adding that she also disagrees with the church on LGBTQ equality and restrictions on the priesthood (she thinks that women should be allowed to be priests and that priests should be allowed to marry).
“I think they’re wrong on those three issues. And I don’t think they’re supported by the Gospel or the Bible in any way. I just — I don’t see it, and I go to two Bible studies a week. I take my faith really seriously.”
Faith isn’t something she likes to address in the context of politics, Gillibrand said, because of the separation of church and state.
“It’s not an issue that I talk about really outside of a worship service or a faith-based community because it can be offensive to some people, can be troubling to some people, and something that’s not shared,” she said.