In which religion was Hillary Clinton raised and how have her religious
beliefs evolved over the years? What is Hillary Clinton's religion today and how
are her religious views likely to affect her policies if she is elected
Hillary Clinton's religious journey began early in life. Her
mother was a Sunday school teacher and took her
and her brother, Hugh, to church on Sundays. At 13 years of age, Hillary Clinton
commitment of faith at her First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois
Hillary Clinton was active in her religion through her school years, including in her church youth group.
In 1996, Hillary Clinton wrote:
"Religion figures in my earliest memories of my
family... Our spiritual life as a family was spirited and constant. We talked
with God, walked with God, ate, studied and argued with God. Each night, we
knelt by our beds to pray before we went to sleep. We said grace at dinner,
thanking God for all the blessings bestowed. My brother Hugh had his own
characteristic renditions, along the lines of 'Good food, good meat, good God,
let's eat!' But despite our occasional irreverence, God was always present to
us, a much-esteemed, much-addressed member of the family." -
Hillary Clinton, It Takes A Village and Other Lessons
Children Teach Us, 1996, Simon & Schuster
The God of the Bible is the Creator of the universe, to be worshipped, obeyed and even feared - "The fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do
His commandments. His praise endures forever." (Psalm 111:10) - not
"argued with" or treated like a neighborhood
butcher who delivers "Good meat."
After marrying Bill Clinton,
a Southern Baptist, and becoming the First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton joined and stayed active in a United Methodist church in Little Rock.
As the First Lady of the United States and then the Secretary of State, she attended
the "inclusive" Foundry United Methodist Church in
Washington D.C., which
since 1995 has been openly
"We acknowledge our oneness with all of God’s creation and invite gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender persons to share our faith ... We seek to be an
inclusive congregation ... We proclaim this statement of welcome to all,
including our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters: God
loves you ..."
This acknowledgement violates
Bible verses against
including 1 Corinthians 5:6-13, which commands Christians to
"purge out" and "not to keep company with" those
whom the Bible identifies as
"sexually immoral," who are to be
evangelized to repentance outside the body of Christ, and then brought inside
The beliefs of Hillary Clinton's church match her personal beliefs, but not completely.
On homosexuality, her beliefs match those of her
church. Hillary Clinton is an ardent supporter of homosexual marriage, and is the first First Lady to
have marched in a
gay pride parade.
"We oppose the use of late-term abortion known as
dilation and extraction (partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this
practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other
medical procedure is available..."
During her October 8, 2000 U.S. Senate race debate in New York , Hillary Clinton said:
have said many times that I can support a ban on late-term abortions, including
partial-birth abortions, so long as the health and life of the mother is
protected. I’ve met women who faced this heart-wrenching decision toward the end
of a pregnancy. Of course it’s a horrible procedure. No one would argue with
that. But if your life is at stake, if your health is at stake, if the potential
for having any more children is at stake, this must be a woman’s choice."
Hillary Clinton correctly described late term abortion as a
"horrible procedure" since it is a
particularly gruesome form of baby murder (see
Abortion is Murder).
But she then stated that this murder is preferable to all three alternatives:
(1) danger to the "life" of the mother; (2)
detriment to the "health" of the mother; and
(3) the inconvenience of "having any more children."
At the 2015 Women In the World Summit, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that
abortion, which she euphemistically called,
"reproductive health care," conflicts with religious beliefs, and
declared that "religious beliefs ... have to be
"Far too many women are still denied critical access
to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we've passed don’t
count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice, not
just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will, and
deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be