DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., interviewed with The Des Moines Register yesterday. She inferred that the pro-life position is “unacceptable” and compared it to racism and anti-semitism.

Kathie Obradovich, the opinion editor at the Des Moines Register, asked her about imposing a litmus test on judicial nominees. Gillibrand said in May that anyone she nominates to the bench would support Roe v. Wade.

“I think some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand told the Register’s editorial board.

“And we believe in this country in the separation of church and state, and I respect the rights of every American to hold their religious beliefs true to themselves, but our country and our Constitution has always demanded that we have a separation of church and state,” she said.

“And all these efforts by President Trump and other ultra-radical conservative judges and justices to impose their faith on Americans is contrary to our Constitution and that’s what this is. And so I believe that for all of these issues, they are not issues that there is a fair side. There is no moral equivalency when you come to racism, and I do not believe there is a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom,” Gillibrand concluded.

Gillibrand in a poll released by The Des Moines Register on Saturday received less than one percent. The Register’s poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers also found that over three-fourths say that a right to abortion is non-negotiable.

Watch the entire interview below:

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  1. Sen. Gillibrand’s comment is so obviously wrong on so many levels! She is equating a reverence for life, and specifically, opposition to killing an innocent unborn child, with racism based on the denial of a supposed “right” of a woman to kill her unborn child. She forgets that the child is a separate human being with its own identity and rights, including the right to life, a right which Sen. Gillibrand seeks to deny to those children. That denial of rights, based on age or unborn status, might be more logically compared to a denial of rights based on race.

    Sen. Gillibrand’s comments about the separation of church and state are also shot through with error. The phrase “separation of church and state” appears no where in the Constitution. The phrase “separation of church and state” appears in a wildly misinterpreted letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists. The Danbury Baptists were seeking assurance that the federal government could not control their religious practices and beliefs. Jefferson assured them that the First Amendment’s prohibition against the establishment of an official religion erected a wall of separation of church and state which forbade such interference. This one way “wall” however did not forbid all cooperation between church and state nor dictate that religion and religious belief could have no influence on government. Jefferson himself permitted government buildings to be used for religious services, assigned military bands to provide music for these services and attended them. He used government funds to finance missionaries to the Indians and pledged government protection to religious minorities.

    The opposition to abortion is based on the same religious and moral principle underlying the law against murder, i.e. Thou Shall Not Kill”. The Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek words for “kill” refer specifically to murder, the unjustified killing of a human being. As John Adams, sometimes foe and sometimes friend of Jefferson, noted, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The idea that elected leaders must not be influenced by their religious and moral beliefs, or must remain silent about them is anathema to our history and culture.

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