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Let’s talk about the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff election. There were two Senatorial races in Georgia on November 3rd, and in both cases, none of the candidates received more than 50% of the vote, which means we will be having two runoff races between only the candidates who received the most votes. One particular race between incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock is already becoming particularly interesting after anti-military and pro-abortion statements, as well as an interesting past arrest.
A video recently surfaced of Rev. Warnock declaring that nobody “can serve God and the military,” prompting criticism and calls for Warnock to withdraw from the race.
Raphael Warnock’s radical, anti-American views are disqualifying.
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) November 18, 2020
Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believepic.twitter.com/bQyBuKLwjb
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 18, 2020
This is an insult to everyone who served.
Raphael Warnock should withdraw. pic.twitter.com/64EmmpYlEm
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) November 18, 2020
Really? I mean, that’s news to my husband, who is a man of deep faith as well as a dedicated soldier. And there are tens of thousands of other service members who are devoutly religious and also dedicated to serving and defending their country through military service. Senator Tom Cotton is right; this is insulting to every service member who not only deeply values but also relies on their faith to sustain them through difficult times during their military service. This is a particularly interesting statement considering Warnock is running in Georgia, which is home to several very large military bases and thus has a very large number of military service member residents.
While the comment about military service is more than a decade old, it is certainly not his only controversial comment that seems to indicate his priorities.
“I believe unequivocally in a woman’s right to choose, and that the decision is something that we don’t want government engaged in – that’s between her and her doctor and her minister.”
Equal access to kill a son or daughter is NOT justice.
JUSTICE is the equitable distribution of punishment AND protection.
JUSTICE is rooted in the dignity of every human endowed by their Creator.
One cannot truly fight for JUSTICE while simultaneously denying it. https://t.co/6Lf8ZziETb
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) November 18, 2020
When you say “a minister” does that mean they represent a church? I’d like to know what book the candidate uses as their foundation for truth and their guiding principles? It couldn’t be the Bible. https://t.co/UF3f7D5pFj
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) August 21, 2020
In the same interview, he voiced his stance that
“healthcare is a human right, and I believe that it is something that the richest nation in the world provides for its citizens, and for me reproductive justice is consistent with my commitment to that.”
“We are thrilled with Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s endorsement of Rev. Raphael Warnock.”
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Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards specifically said, “Abortion is healthcare.”
— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) September 29, 2015
— Charmaine (@CharmaineYoest) September 29, 2015
.@CecileRichards asked if babies who survive abortions should be given medical care: “I have never heard of such a circumstance happening.”
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 29, 2015
But his divisive statements about the military and abortion aren’t the only concerning positions he’s taken. In 2002, the Baltimore Sun reported that Warnock and another local minister had been arrested on charges of “obstructing a police investigation into suspected child abuse at a church-run camp in Carroll County.”
“The ministers interrupted a police interview of a counselor Wednesday in a room at the camp and, after investigators moved the interview to a nearby picnic area, interfered again and subsequently tried to prevent a camper from directing police to another potential witness, according to charging documents.”
According to police records, the pastors actively discouraged the campers and counselors from cooperating with the State Troopers, and were noted as being “extremely uncooperative and disruptive.”
“I’ve never encountered resistance like that at all,” Trooper Diane Barry of the state police Child and Sexual Assault Unit in Westminster told the Baltimore Sun back in 2002.
At the time, Warnock said,
“Reverend Wainwright and I acted well within the framework of the law, and I am confident that we will be exonerated. It’s just unfortunate that our children had to see their pastors carried away in handcuffs.”
Really? He was concerned that the children saw their pastors “carried away in handcuffs” instead of being concerned about the potential sexual abuse victim among those children?
Since the allegations have surfaced recently, the Warnock campaign told Fox News,
“It’s no surprise that as Reverend Warnock’s support grows, the false attacks start. The truth is, he was protecting the rights of young people to make sure they had a lawyer or a parent when being questioned. Law enforcement officials later apologized and praised him for his help in this investigation.”
And maybe that’s the truth. But, since the media isn’t keen on asking questions about it and Warnock prefers not to talk about it, who knows?
If a Republican helped run a camp for children that was investigated for child abuse—and then was arrested for trying to block the investigation—the media would be asking a lot of questions.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) November 11, 2020
Once again, Senator Tom Cotton is correct that if a Republican candidate had been arrested for obstructing a police investigation into child sexual abuse, the media would rightfully be all over it.