Tuesday, September 16, 2008

10 Steps for Voting a CLEAR Conscience

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 -

1 comment:

maggiespat said...

To add to your statement by Father Pavone, as National Director of Priests for Life, he recently posted two videos on YouTube in which he describes and demonstrates the two most common abortion procedures, using plastic fetal models, the actual instruments of abortion, and the words found in medical textbooks and court testimony.

You can view these videos at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us_y9GP_-DA (Dismemberment abortion)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBOAPleF1t0 (Suction abortion).

These videos are part of a new project called, "Is This What You Mean?" It aims to educate the public about the nature of abortion and to challenge public officials and candidates who support the legality of abortion to admit what it is. A full description of the project is at www.priestsforlife.org/action/abortion-procedure-revealed.htm.

I am requesting that you post links on your blog to these two videos and/or to the full explanation of this powerful project.

We in the pro-life community have been fed up for a long time with “public servants” who can’t seem to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. This election season, it’s time for that to change. No matter what politicians or voters or Church officials are or are not going to do, it’s time that we who know what abortion is, draw a line in the sand and give candidates and office-holders alike this challenge.

If you will help spread the word by posting these links please email webmaster@priestsforlife.org.

Thank you,