The Catholic Vote, a guide for Catholics

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 According to the Catholic Bishops AND the Pope i.e. Pope Benedict XVI, there are non negotible issues which include abortion, euthanesia, embryonic stem cell research and same se/x marriage. Catholics need to ask what a candidate's stand is, on these non negotible issues and vote accordingly. If a Catholic votes for a candidate BECAUSE of, for example, their pro abortion stand, they might be committing a serious sin. Because of the number of deaths caused by abortion, of totally innocent humans, many Bishops have suggested that the abortion "non negotible" trumps the other non negotible issues. Unfortunately in most elections, there is no candidate with pro life stands on all of the non negotible issues. War, is, by the way, NOT one of the non negotible issues because the church feels at times, a society may feel that war is the only way of protecting their citizens (as the consensus was after the horrendous 9/11 attack).

Is it wrong to be a "one issue voter"?  We are ALL one issue voters.  For example, what if a candidate told you that he or she was in favor of terrorism, would you even CARE what his or her stands on "other issues" was?  Everyone answers "NO" to that.

Well, abortion kills millions more human beings EACH YEAR than terrorism has killed in the last 50 years!

What if you feel the liberal policies of the pro abortion candidate would cut down abortions more than the conservative policies of the pro life candidate?

You know that is NOT true when the abortion industry has funded a candidate heavily.  For example, Planned Parenthood spent 5 million dollars to win over 5 swing states for Al Gore in 2000 (and it worked to win those states although Gore lost the election). Planned Parenthood also spent 10 million dollars to help elect Barack Obama. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the USA. Do you think Planned Parenthood would fund a candidate whose policies would reduce the number of abortions?

Why are Catholics against same se/x (s/s) marriage?

While Catholics respect all human persons (including those with a s/s preference), because of our rules of celebacy outside of valid marriage, we ask those who are not married to abstain from se/xual activity which is so intimately involved with God's creation of new life.

Here are the repercussions of legalizing s/s marriages:

  1. Children in school must be taught that all marriages whether s/s or traditional, are valid
    1. This could be confusing to the children - taught one value at home and another in school
    2. This is attacking the freedom of religion guaranteed to ALL Americans
    3. It definitely is infringing on parental rights
    4. It may teach children to disrespect their parents
    5. All Americans pay taxes to support public schools - therefore should have a say especially in moral values
  2. Catholic agencies which place the most children for adoptions are now forced to place children in s/s marriage homes
    1. They are being forced to act in a way which is considered sinful to Catholics
    2. In states with legalized s/s marriage, Catholic adoption agencies have had no other choice but to close their doors
  3. Churches which teach against s/s marriage can be accused of "hate" speech and sued - this has already happened in a few places.

One atheist, writing to the Mensa Journal remarked that whereas he was previously in favor of "no God" in the schools, he now has reversed his opinion because he feels that now, children are not being taught any moral code and that is badly affecting our society.

It has been observed in history that societies which forsake their moral codes and encourage promiscuity etc, are typically those which end up dying out.

Have you ever noticed that no one - even those fighting for s/s marriage, is fighting for things like equal rights in the job market for those with a s/s preference? (and yes, discrimination against gay people in the job market still exists - in many places of employment).

Can someone who voted AGAINST the ban of partial birth abortion really care about the poor people?

Partial birth abortion is a type of infanticide where a viable baby is killed WITHOUT anesthetic! Ask how the candidate whom you are considering voting for, voted when the Partial Birth Abortion Ban bill came before Congress or if not in Congress, ask what his/her stand on the Partial Birth Abortion is. (Even many Democrats voted for the ban! The ban did pass but Planned Parenthood is holding it up in court.

What if candidates have a good stance on another life issue like racism but a bad stand on abortion?

This is a hard one for Catholics to deal with and the church did not give us much direction on deciding although many Bishops suggested that abortion should trump the other issues (possibly due to the number of deaths involved). This is, in fact, the way I decided - because the Democrats have a good stand on "immigration" which is, in effect, racism because only the Mexicans are being criminalized despite their being good citizens who worked for low wages at jobs American teens did not want for minimum wage thus supporting our farm economy and more. (Undocumented immigrants who worked for places like Walmart - thus enabling Walmart to offer the low prices people love - even paid income taxes because they are automatically taken out of paychecks - but these people never could file a tax form to get a refund. The government knows this because there is a large pool of money never claimed for refunding.) Racism does oppress people and kills people (why it is another "non negotible" issue). But not even close to the number of deaths from abortion.. Therefore, if there are two candidates, one pro abortion and against the unfair immigration laws and the other, pro life but in favor of the unfair immigration laws, you should vote for the one who is pro life. Some candidates, however, say they are pro life but are not really. Like McCain is in favor of stem cell research and also in favor of abortion in "the hard cases". If McCain was running against a Democrat who was pro choice but against immigration, then, in certain cases the voting choice might go to the other candidate. Each choice has to be thought about like that. It's a hard thing to do and sad that the Republican stand on immigration is so poor.

What about the economic crisis?

Adolph Hitler ran on an economic platform during a time of economic depression (way worse than our situation is) and he WON the election and people overlooked his "anti life" ideas but ....  look how he "fixed things"? (NOT). At first, Hitler appeared to be good for the economy but soon, he made things worse. No good is ever accomplished by killing large numbers of humans. Democrats believe in raising taxes but as one person put it, "no country or nation in the known history of the world has ever taxed themselves to prosperity. Period, no exceptions. Look it up, if you'd like." J. Hudson, FNP. Being aware that God is in ultimate charge of all finances, Catholics should NEVER vote for a candidate who is pro death merely on an economic basis.

"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?" (Matt 6:25ff)

Are there any purely Constitutional reasons to vote pro life?

As Mike Huckabee, candidate for the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, points out in his book, "DO THE RIGHT THING", supporting abortion is directly against the very foundations upon which this country stands. Those principles established by our founding fathers stated CLEARLY that all humans are equal, regardless of age, place of residence etc. In supporting abortion, people are saying that all humans are NOT equal and do not have the right to life, regardless of never committing a crime. A "pro abortion" stand can, therefore, rip apart the very fabric of our freedom because as many have stated, if one person is not free, none of us are free.

Bishops' Responses to Catholic Politicians on Abortion

Cardinal Egan of NY Archdiocese speaks out about the unborn

How pro abortion IS Obama - documentation of the pro abortion measures and bills he supports!

Where President Obama was born is still under question.

According to his book, "DREAMS OF MY FATHER", there is NO RECORD of a marriage between Barack Obama Sr and his mother. He commented that he did not dig deeper into this because he "might not like the answer". The state of Hawaii has sealed his original birth certificate and so far, although there are several law suits in process in several states, the Supreme Court has NOT, for some strange reason done the obvious thing of supoena-ing the Hawaiians to unseal Obama's birth certificate. There are some Kenyans saying Obama was born there which would make him a NATIONALIZED citizen and ineligible to be President of the USA. I think this could be easily solved by a supoena and that the American people have a right to know.

About abortion:

Abortion - a choice women really want?

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End Note for Republicans!

Think about it! The ONLY times that the GOP has successfully put a candidate into the office of president are when the candidate ran on traditional moral and family values. To wit: Dwight David Eisenhower, Reagan and George W. Bush among others. These man ran on the moral traditional values of human equality (from conception to death) and family values and won despite the Democrats having more bucks etc. In this last election, John McCain supported SOME traditional values but was in favor of abortion in rape and incest and also in favor of embryonic stem cell research. He was known as a moderate Republican. It has been suggested by many that traditional values are what the Republicans are all about and that Republicans should NEVER forsake these values.

Very conservative website which does not like the Democrats in office - this is given here because we hear one side only from the news services. Both sides deserve a listen.