Questions have been raised. Did the Reverend do his homework on Christine Quinn’s pro-choice agenda or was he too blinded by the benjamins?
With a steady stream of contributions from pro-choice groups in Quinn’s war chest, you would think Reverend Rice would have second thoughts about anointing her with an endorsement due to his spiritual obligation to the congregation where the people entrust him as a representative and magistrate of Christ’s teachings. In ancient Roman times this would have been like Diocletian, the Great Christian persecutor, endorsed by an underground Christian group.
By making Bill 371 a law that unfairly targets pregnancy centers part of her centerpiece during her tenure in City Council, Christine Quinn has established herself as one of the most aggressive anti-Christian anti-freedom of speech public officials in NYC.
When Quinn was busy pushing the bill down the throats of Councilmembers, Alveda King (MLK’s niece) came to NYC for the purpose of protesting Christine Quinn’s unfair targeting of Chris Slattery’s pregnancy center. Would Martin Luther King allow such an anti-Christian demagogue to stand at the altar and then endorse him? No you say? Then why would Reverend Rice? Whether you want to believe it or not, after Quinn’s crusade against religious free speech and pro-life sidewalk counselors and pregnancy centers - love her or hate her - you can argue that she’s the Diocletian of our times.
Because we want to believe there is good in the world maybe the Reverend didn’t do his homework on Quinn (neither did the media, they missed the fact that Reverend Rice is a Bloomberg appointee for the Housing and Economic Development Task Force) maybe he should speak to his congregation and ask if Quinn is worthy of their endorsement or will he rest easy knowing the congregation will have blind faith in their pastor’s political pronouncements?
Questions remain like why did he turn his back on Bill Thompson, the only other African-American in the race? Although we can’t fault him because in politics you’re supposed to be color blind, letting the Daily News make a page 2 article of Quinn reading at the altar after only weeks ago when she held a press conference with abortion provider, entrepreneur and anti-life radical Merle Hoffman is an act of heresy which has brought shame on the Reverend and his ministry.
Although each of the candidates are in many ways more progressive than the congregants of the church, not one of them has the history of Christian persecution and the targeting of Pregnancy Centers that Christine Quinn has.