Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Final Word on the Elections (More or Less)

I find elections way too nerve wracking. I always have. And now it doesn’t help that the elections are covered for like two years in advance. But this year it’s even worse because the Pro-Life cause is a heartbeat away from their biggest victory ever… or their worst loss ever.

I say this because if Obama wins next Tuesday, he will more than likely get to nominate two or more justices to the Supreme Court. The justices he would nomination would not simply be Pro-Choice – they’d be fundamentally opposed to what it means to be human.

I gave a talk the other evening about the Catholic Church’s teaching on voting and I have reached the conclusion, based upon the Church’s reasoning, that I cannot vote for Obama.

Why is that?

Because he upholds more intrinsically evil acts then McCain. Obama supports the killing of unborn children by abortion and embryonic stem cell research. He also supported a bill that would allow the murders of children born alive due to botched abortions. He is also supporting of killing the disabled – in fact, his only decision he said he would have changed during his time in the Senate was the decision he made not to allow the killing of Terri Schiavo.

But perhaps you’re wondering about McCain as I mentioned that Obama upholds more intrinsically evil acts than McCain does. It’s true, McCain also supports embryonic stem cell research, an intrinsically evil act.

According to the U.S. Bishop’s document on voting called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: “When all candidates hold a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, the conscientious voter faces a dilemma. The voter may decide to take the extraordinary step of not voting for any candidate or, after careful deliberation, may decide to vote for the candidate deemed less likely to advance such a morally flawed position and more likely to pursue other authentic human goods” (FCFC 36).

In other words, a Catholic can choose the lesser of two evils (in this case McCain) or vote for another candidate altogether (this candidate, of course, has no chance of winning). So what can I say, I’m pragmatic. I’ll take the lesser of two evils.

But this is just one more reason why we need more genuinely Catholic people running for political office. So if you’re a genuine Catholic reading this and can run for office in the future, by all means please do!

I’m tired of voting for the lesser of two evils.

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