Conservative professor and author Carol Swain said at Saturday’s Spirit of America Rally that too many Christians are being misled into supporting a political party that doesn’t represent Christian values.
Swain, a professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, said many Christians are being “duped” by the Democratic Party. She accused Democrats of obfuscation and hypocrisy in not caring enough about high rates of abortion among blacks and Hispanics, which she said is tantamount to “genocide” and would be called that if endorsed by conservatives. She also said some Christian religious and political leaders are advocating positions that reflect aspects of “socialism, Marxism and communism.”
Swain said progressives are influencing the culture with “deception, lies and more deception.” Part of the problem, she said, is that people calling themselves Christians don’t have a deep understanding of biblical teachings and the gospel. “They’re just out there with a label.”
Initially a supporter of Ted Cruz in the 2016 primary race, Swain later defended President Trump against attacks from Christian Never Trumpers. She said Saturday that she believes “the Lord’s hand was on this election,” referring to Trump’s victory in November, and that Christian conservatives can play a role in influencing the culture.
“We can change the culture,” she said. “We can change hearts and minds, and in this process, knowledge is power.” Swain said conservatives need to encourage people to become well versed in the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Ten Commandments.
Swain has inspired many conservatives with her life story of growing up in poverty as one of 12 children in the rural South. She was a teen mom and faced many other challenges before becoming a distinguished academic.
Today she faces intense opposition from progressives who have tried to tarnish her career. In 2015, students at Vanderbilt started a change.org petition to have her suspended for “bigotry, intolerance and unprofessionalism.” The petition said that Swain’s “hate-filled prejudices negatively impact her work” and provided links to two pieces of Swain’s commentary, one criticizing fundamentalist Islam and the other criticizing gay marriage, to support their contention that her views are hateful. The petition was unsuccessful though the university offered only tepid support in her defense.