Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Can any FAITHFUL Catholic vote for Obama?

In order for any FAITHFUL Catholic to vote for Sen. Obama, they must inform their consciences by considering the following statements/positions of Sen. Obama:

1. Sen. Obama has stated that if one of his young daughters got pregnant out of wedlock, he would not want her to be “punished with a baby.”

2. At the April 13 “Compassion Forum” at Pennsylvania’s Messiah College, when asked about whether he believes life begins at conception he stated, “I don’t presume to know the answer to that question.” However, in Obama's Father's Day speech at a Chicago church in which the Illinois senator discussed the problem of absent black fathers he stated, "We need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn't just end at conception."

3. Obama promised a screaming Planned Parenthood crowd last July that, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” That Act would overturn state pro-life laws nationwide and make abortion the supreme law of the land. Obama also told the pro-choice crowd that Planned Parenthood should be given “discounted drugs” so that “all women” would have access to “affordable contraception.” Obama also referred to the infamous Margaret Sanger as a voice in the "struggle for equality." Yes, the very same Margaret Sanger who was an eugenicist, a racist, and the founder of none other than Planned Parenthood. (Ask the blacks who were to be the subject of her "Negro Project" to restrict or even perhaps elimate certain of the black population whether they felt she was "struggling for their equality!")

4. And of course, Obama boldly proclaimed during a debate with Hillary Clinton that his biggest regret in his political career was supporting the right of the parents of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo to file an appeal in federal court to keep Terry alive by sustaining her feeding tube.

On the life issue, Denver's Archbishop Chaput perhaps said it best when he stated, "But [Catholics who support pro-choice candidates] also need a compelling proportionate reason to justify it. What is a “proportionate” reason when it comes to the abortion issue? It’s the kind of reason we will be able to explain, with a clean heart, to the victims of abortion when we meet them face to face in the next life—which we most certainly will. If we’re confident that these victims will accept our motives as something more than an alibi, then we can proceed.

All faithful Catholics must properly inform their consciences prior to casting their vote in November. All faithful Catholics must seriously and prayerfully consider Archbishop Chaput's words of caution. Can you as a faithful Catholic vote for Obama? Almost anything can be rationalized these days, but intellectual honesty is what is required.

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