To the editor:
The September Catholic Courier’s initial presentation of the U.S. Bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” regarding the 2008 election, caused several of my acquaintances to feel that the Courier is showing a subtle bias toward the Democratic Party’s platform rather than being impartial.
The Bishops’ document emphasizes four moral priorities:
* Protection of human life;
* Promotion of family life;
* Pursuit of social justice;
* Practice of global solidarity.
To put the two candidates’ positions in perspective, let us examine them.
* Solidly for Right To Life.
* Solidly against Same-Sex Marriage.
* Solidly against human cloning and destructive research on human embryos.
* Solidly for a strong U.S. military and a continuing war on terror.
* Solidly for school vouchers, prayers in schools, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
* Solidly for continued funding of AIDS assistance to Africa, something only Republicans have done.
* Solidly for abortion for all, regardless of ability to pay. He solidly supports partial-birth abortions, and if elected has promised to sign a bill to outlaw all states’ restrictions on abortions.
* Solidly for same-sex marriages.
* Solidly supports research involving the destruction of human embryos.
* Solidly supports the status quo in our failing school systems, and dislikes No Child Left Behind (to please teachers’ unions.)
* Ignores the positive results of the Surge in Iraq and wants a knee-jerk, published time-table for troop withdrawal, regardless of conditions.
* Solidly anti-gun.
I hope that the last Courier before the election will better define these differences and compare them fairly to the Bishops’ document.
Silver Birch Circle