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Disappointed by positions of candidates

To the editor,

The Risen Lord is the affirmation by the Father of all that Jesus lived and taught. Central to Christ’s life was his non-violent love, even of one’s enemy. We as followers of Christ have drifted far from this teaching. That is why as we enter the political season of our country, I cannot support President Bush. He claims to be a Christian, but his actions are anti-life as he spends large amounts of funds which could be used to help the poor on weapons and defense. His administration’s policies of war have directly or indirectly cost the lives of many people in our country and throughout the world.

I also cannot support Senator John Kerry, who claims to be a Catholic. I never have heard Senator John Kerry ever explain why he is personally opposed to abortion yet never acted on this position publicly as a Senator. Does that mean he could be personally opposed to rape or torture, but not act on his belief as Senator? I would hope a highly educated man like Senator Kerry would not be opposed to abortion just because he was Catholic. He must know from science the reality of the humanity of the unborn. He must be aware, as those of us who work in Project Rachel are, of the destructiveness to women from abortions. Has he supported a crisis pregnancy service, at least as strongly as he supported the “right” to abortion? Has he tried to convince friends or other family members in private, why he personally sees abortion as wrong? If he is personally opposed to abortion, how as a private citizen has he acted in any way on his personal belief opposing abortion? My guess is that he hasn’t done a thing.

That is why both major candidates leave me very disappointed.

Father Jim Hewes

St. John/St. Patrick Church

Sodus Street


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