Gavin Newsom has come under fire from Christians who find his multi-state billboard campaign promoting abortion while quoting Jesus offensive according to Fox News.
The billboards that Newsom’s campaign for governor is building in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and four other “anti-freedom” states where abortion is limited or illegal were highlighted last week on Twitter.
Some of the billboards promote the state’s freely accessible abortions by referencing Mark 12:31, where Jesus declares people should “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Newsom tagged several GOP governors in his Twitter thread, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. The billboards are also going up in Indiana, South Carolina, and South Dakota.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
The idea that Newsom is using the words of Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures, to promote the killing of unborn children as somehow loving and commanded by God is quite frankly disgusting,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law & Justice, in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“It just won’t work”
“This is a blatant, political fundraising ploy to boost his own political profile and presidential aspirations. The people are smarter than that. It just won’t work,” Sekulow added.
Matthew P. Schneider, a Roman Catholic priest and adjunct professor of theology at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina, was one of many Twitter users who agreed with Sekulow saying this was “one of the [worst] distortions of a Bible passage I’ve ever seen” of Newsom’s billboards.
“Shame on [Newsom] and his government,” Schneider said. “The most basic level of loving your neighbor as yourself is not killing your neighbor, yet that’s exactly what abortion does.”
I think this has to be one of the worse distortions of a Bible passage I’ve ever seen. Shame on @GavinNewsom & his government.
The most basic level of loving your neighbor as yourself is not killing your neighbor, yet that’s exactly what abortion does. https://t.co/5JHR6I2ZJ5
— Fr Matthew P. Schneider, LC (@FrMatthewLC) September 21, 2022
“This is satanic,” tweeted Ryan Hilderbrand, a Roman Catholic priest from Indiana.
This is satanic. https://t.co/HwMVZuVzjw
— Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand (@FrHilderbrand) September 21, 2022