tip to Dawn @ The Dawn Patrol
by Fr. Frank Pavone
(The following excerpt is from his Interdenominational version - he does have a Catholic version as well)
Check out all 10 steps HERE
I like Step 3 - Reject the Disqualified.
Suppose a candidate came forward and said, “I support terrorism.” Would you say, “I disagree with you on terrorism, but what’s your health care plan?”
Of course not.
Rather, you would immediately consider that candidate as disqualified from public office. His position, allowing the killing of the public, is radically inconsistent with public service.
So it is with abortion. Abortion is no less violent than terrorism. Any candidate who says abortion should be kept legal disqualifies him/herself from public service. We need look no further; we need pay no attention to what that candidate says on other issues. Support for abortion is enough for us to decide not to vote for such a person.
Our Lord asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36). Many candidates promise many things, and rightly work to secure our rights to health care, education, housing and security. But if candidates and voters alike have lost sight of the fact that all these rights are based on the right to life itself, then their promise to secure those other rights is false and illusory. If government can take away rights from some humans, then those rights aren’t human rights at all. Such a politician, in other words, is saying that rights like health care only belong to some humans, not to others.
The first requirement to be a public servant is to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. If a politician cannot respect the life of a little baby, how is he or she supposed to respect yours?
I wait for more lists to come out in what I believe is our need to further clarify the term 'conscience'. Both sides of the political debate claim 'conscience' so how is the voting public to determine the appropriate 'conscience' to lead our nation? In this list above we have a list of what distinguishes a 'CLEAR' conscience from a ... muddied one I suppose (I like that). And from this list I believe we can see that there really is but one choice this November -