Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Catholics and Obama

Here is an article by George Weigel in Newsweek that gives a pretty reasoned argument as to why "most" Catholics are finding it very difficult to vote for Senator Obama, and why those who are so ardently supporting him should seriously think again.

I am quoting a bit of it here to make the point:

"To suggest—as some Catholics do—that Senator [Barack] Obama is this year's 'real' pro-life candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse. To portray the 2008 Democratic Party presidential ticket as the preferred 'pro-life' option is to subvert what the word 'pro-life' means."

Why? Because the public record amply demonstrates that Senator Obama is not the abortion moderate of our professors' imagination, but a genuine abortion radical. In the third presidential debate, Obama described Roev. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that obliterated the abortion law of all fifty states, as "rightly decided"—a judgment with which Professors Cafardi, Kaveny, and Kmiec have all disagreed in the past. Moreover, Senator Obama's defense of Roe extends far beyond anyone's "elegant theorizing." Support for Roe was Obama's stated reason for opposing Illinois bills aimed at providing legal protection for children who survived an abortion.

You may read the rest on your own. We aren't single issue candidates by any means, but this one issue is a very serious one and we can't in good conscience vote for someone who is so ardently on the side of those who would sacrifice the life of the most defenseless.



leftbanker said...

So you are for recriminalizing abortion? You want to make abortion a criminal act...again? We've been there, we didn't like it, and we've tried to find other solutions to this issue.

Even Muslim Turkey hasn't made abortion illegal. It's illegal in Saudi Arabia. Hardly a role model for America.

Unknown said...

You obviously didn't read the article very carefully.

I don't want to make it illegal I want to make it unnecessary as in every pregnancy ends in a birth, not in a killed child.

The way to do that is to support women so that they don't have to resort to the desperate act of killing their child, and to teach our children that all life is sacred and that pregnancy is not a punnishment or a cause of shame or hardship.

Sorry you can't seem to understand where I stand on this issue.

Unknown said...

People commit murder every day, ussing your reasoning then, since we can't stop them from doing it we should then decriminalize murder.

No, it is always wrong to end a life. Just because we can't stop everyone from doing it doesn't mean we shouldn't try to keep peole from doing it. The killing of innocent children for the sake of convenience is wrong.

What we want is to create a culture where life is held sacred from conception till natural death and everyone would feel as though the taking of life was the wrong action at any point along that seemless garment. That is what I am teaching my children, and all the young people I come into contact wtih. That is the kind of world I want to leave behind.

Not one where innocent babies are sacrificed for convenience. Not one where the state decides who lives or dies.

I will protect your right to life, I wonder if you would protect mine?