GOP Representative shockingly lost his leadership position for making this one claim about abortion

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The internal battle in the Republican Party over life is heating up.

While some RINOs are ready and willing to sell out babies’ lives, others are becoming even more committed to defending life.

And that’s how a GOP Representative shockingly lost his leadership position for making this one claim about abortion.

The Church of Satan is filing lawsuits all over the country demanding that abortion be made legal for religious reasons.

Abortion is the fruit of the “Church of Satan”

So it shouldn’t be surprising that Pro-Life leaders and elected officials tie the two together.

That’s what Pro-Life Republican State Representative Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort) did recently.

Kidwell responded to a Democrat Representative who tried to justify her decision to have an elective abortion by citing her church membership and belief in the “power of God.”

Kidwell responded by reportedly privately telling another Republican on the floor that any church that supports abortion sounds like the “Church of Satan.”

The exchange came during the General Assembly’s debate over whether to override the veto by Governor Roy Cooper (D) of a bill to protect most unborn babies from abortion beginning at 12 weeks.

State Representative Diamond Staton-Williams (D-Cabarrus) said she and her husband decided to abort their third child “after much consideration, thought, and, of course, prayer.”

She said the bill in question would remove a “God-given right.”

She then tried to claim her Christian faith supports her decision to have an abortion. 

“I am someone who has grown up in the church and believes in the power of God. I know that I go through trials and tribulations. I know we all will. And I know that, ultimately, I have been given the freedom of mind to make decisions for myself,” Staton-Williams claimed.

It was then Representative Kidwell reportedly said to another Republican on the floor that any church that supports abortion sounds like the “Church of Satan.”

Not that he’s wrong

Of course, Kidwell wasn’t just making idle chatter.

The Satanic Temple does, in fact, teach that “The Satanic Abortion Ritual” is “a sacrament which surrounds and includes the abortive act.” 

The rival Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey, doesn’t use the term “sacrament” but does state that abortion “should be within the rights of the pregnant person.”

And Kidwell isn’t the only one who believes abortion is more closely aligned with the church of Satan than with any Christian denomination.

“I think it’s using the Lord’s Name in vain to say you would make a decision to have an abortion as a result of prayer,” North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald told The Washington Stand

Further saying that lawmakers should only present their stand as Biblical “if it conforms with Scripture.”

And David Closson, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand that Staton-Williams invoking her childhood church membership seems “an apparent attempt to shield herself from criticism” for embracing harmful policies. 

“Let’s be clear what is happening here: The representative is cloaking anti-Biblical views, positions that directly contradict the Bible’s clear teaching, into religious-sounding language in an attempt to find a middle way. But there is no middle way when it comes to these issues. You are either on the side of Scripture or against it,” Closson told The Washington Stand.

Democrats have long attempted to claim their support for abortion-on-demand and LGBT issues is the Christian thing to do.

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who calls himself a “pro-choice Pastor,” has said, “I think that human agency and freedom is consistent with my views as a minister.”

But “the Bible’s teaching on life, marriage, and sexuality is straightforward, and no attempt to find a middle way on these issues will ultimately prove successful,” Closson argued.

False outrage and a removal

But North Carolina House leaders feigned outrage over Kidwell’s comments and used them to remove him from House leadership. 

“To challenge a person’s religion when they share a deeply personal story . . . that is beneath the dignity of this House, and that is beneath the dignity of any elected office,” fumed House Minority Leader Robert Reives (D).

And House Majority Leader John Bell (R), proving that cowardice runs deep in the GOP, asked Kidwell to resign his leadership position as deputy majority whip, and Kidwell complied.

That of course wasn’t enough for Democrats, who demanded Kidwell step down from office altogether. 

Dare County Democrat Party Chair Susan Sawin said Kidwell’s belief that Christianity does not endorse abortion renders him “unfit to serve.” 

Kidwell is one of the founders of the state’s House Freedom Caucus and regularly crushes his Democrat opponents at the polls, carrying more than 60% of his district, so it’s no wonder the Left is pulling out all the stops to try and force him out of office for telling the truth.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.