I've been a little tough on Roman Catholic Bishops of late. I suppose that I will now have to eat some crow.
To me, the absolute defining issue of this presidential campaign has been abortion, even though no one is really talking about it. I have always believed that a person who denies a baby the right to life is capable of denying anything to anyone. Add to that, Barack Obama's absolutely radical abortion stance (including infanticide) and there is no way that I could vote for a Democrat, particularly Barry Obama. Make no mistake, Barry will appoint judges all throughout the Federal bench who will guarantee that Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land for generations to come. Barry will further sign the Freedom of Choice Act and he says that will be his top priority. This act will effectively federalize the entire abortion issue and remove any "reproductive rights" practice from the control of the states. Scared yet?
John McCain is no prize, either. He's been wrong on taxes, although he says he's seen the light. He's been wrong on energy, although he says he's seen some of the light (ANWR is still in the dark for him).He's wrong on immigration. He's wrong on climate control. He is wrong on the $700,000,000,000 bailout (actually $830,000,000,000). He's abrasive and seems to really enjoy ticking off every conservative in the country, if not the world.
John McCain is PRO-LIFE. That's enough for me. I'll pull the lever for him for that reason only.
Now, back to the bishops. Bishops Farrell of Dallas and Vann of Fort Worth have issued a brilliant statement that says that although there are many issues that are important to the election, abortion is an issue that trumps all the others. They go so far as to say, "To vote for a candidate who supports the intrinsic evil of abortion or “abortion rights” when there is a morally acceptable alternative would be to cooperate in the evil – and, therefore, morally impermissible."
Compare this to Pastor Brady Boyd, who heads New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Ted Haggard's former church. In an article in the New York Times (or, as Mark Levin aptly calls it, The New York Slimes), reporter Timothy Egan says this regarding Pastor Boyd, "Boyd is ...saying that the environment, the poor, and helping those in his church who’ve lost a job or a house are things that matter to his congregation.
"Abortion? Homosexuals? Bill Ayers?
“'To be focused on those things at a time when people are hurting would really be to the detriment of families,' said Boyd."Yes, I really equate losing money in my 401k, seeing my housing price drop, and facing greater economic uncertainty as being far more important than whether some innocent little blob of protoplasm, otherwise known as a human being, gets to live. And God knows abortion is not to the detriment of families. Maybe Pastor Boyd needs to re-read Genesis or any other book of either testament.
Shame on Pastor Boyd. Thank God for Bishops Farrell and Vann. May their tribes increase.
Here's the link to their letter: