Friday, April 16, 2004

John Kerry - Catholicism is not a democracy

John Kerry has been quoted as stating, "I was raised a Catholic, served as an altar boy, and once considered becoming a priest." Yet, "Whatever my personal beliefs are, they have no place here." And, "...the constitutional separation of church and state forbids lawmakers from regulating abortion based on their religious beliefs."

John Kerry's distinction between what he believes and what he thinks is an absurdity. It's schizophrenic. It's like saying, "I believe I love my Mom, but I don't think I do. Our laws are based upon society's belief of what is right and wrong. Do you exclude what you believe to be right and wrong as a means to determine it?

John Kerry would have you believe religious morality is a minority factor in determining law, when all evidence throughout human history points to the contrary. Here is a simple test: Name one of the Commandments which does not appear in law. John Kerry would also not point out that until 1973, abortion was outlawed in all fifty states. It took a judicial fiat - rather than the will of the people - to allow abortions in the individual states. Only one of the three branches of government was involved in legalizing abortion.

John Kerry has shown his misunderstanding of catechism by comparing abortion with capital punishment. First of all, there have been approximately 45 Million reported abortions performed in the US since 1973. There have been approximately 1 Thousand executions carried out since 1973. In the terms of sheer numbers, there is no equivalent. It appears the State has taken a grave and cautious approach to capital punishment.

The catechism spells out very clearly that a) life is to be protected from the moment of conception b) the Church views cooperation in abortion as an offense serious enough to warrant excommunication and c) abortion has a grave impact on society as a whole.

On the issue of capital punishment, the catechism is equally clear in providing recognition that the State may need, as horrible as capital punishment is, to use it as a means to ensure the human rights of others are protected from serious offenders.

John Kerry has several times stated his disagreement with the Vatican and various US Church officials, stating "I believe in the Church and I care about it enormously. But I think that it's important to not have the Church instructing politicians. That is an inappropriate crossing of the line in America."

Mr Kerry, the Church isn't instructing politicians. The Church is instructing Catholics. You were a Catholic when you became a politician. You took a pledge at Confirmation and that pledge was based upon your affirmation of belief in the catechism of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Kerry, Don't flip-flop on Catholicism too!


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