Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama‏"

An Obama supporter A non-Obama-supporting Catholic (who "do[es] not appreciate the pro aborts using our faith to woo voters") forwarded me the following via email with the subject line "Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama‏":
February 22, 2008

Dear Fellow Catholics:

We are writing to invite you to join us and thousands of engaged
[ED.: As opposed to "unengaged"? What does this mean? That those who don't currently support the Obamessiah just aren't paying enough attention?] Catholics and people of other faiths in supporting Barack Obama's campaign for a new kind of politics in America. [ED.: Really? What's "new" about it? In what substantive way is the Obamessiah any different from the typical left-liberal pro-abortion Democrat that usually gets nominated by your party? Is there one single issue where the Obamessiah deviates from left-liberal Democrat orthodoxy? Can you point to any concrete examples of where he has bucked the left-liberal/Democrat line to reach out to the middle or to conservatives? How is he going to heal our divisions when many of us don't agree with what he's offering, which is no different than what previous Democrat nominees have offered? Or will we merely be demonized as "haters" for not jumping on board the Obamessiah bandwagon?]

As public servants and practicing Catholics who have fought to promote social justice and the common good
[ED.: When left-liberal Catholics start talking about these things, you can be assured that they're not including the unborn in their social justice and common good calculus.], we believe that the basic moral test of our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. [ED.: Okay, this is just too easy. The "basic moral test" is "how we treat the most vulnerable"? Do you really want to go there? If the "basic moral test of our society is how we treat the most vulnerable", then your guy fails big time. Opposing a law that would outlaw leaving the most vulnerable in a closet to die of exposure because you don't want to jeopardize abortion by saying "that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a - child, a nine-month-old - child that was delivered to term" pretty much disqualifies your guy under that "basic moral test" you were just talking about.]

That is why we are standing for change and supporting Barack Obama.

As committed people of faith who have attempted to live out our values
[ED.: Except when it comes to backing a candidate who supports legalized abortion-on-demand.], we know the real article when we see it. [ED.: We have seen the light.]

Through Barack's work as a United States Senator
[ED.: All 3 years worth, a year-and-a-half of which have been spent running for President.] – and before that as an Illinois State Senator and as an organizer on the streets of the South Side of Chicago – he has shown a profound understanding and commitment to the dignity and worth of people everywhere. [ED.: Except for those in the womb and those left in a closet to die of exposure.] Whether fighting mortgage fraud and protecting American consumers, combating veterans' homelessness, or expanding access to health care for low income families in the Illinois General Assembly [ED.: Access to health care, that is, unless you happen to be born alive during an abortion attempt and left in a closet to die of exposure.], Barack has walked the walk. [ED.: Toed the left-liberal/Democrat party line.] He also demonstrated wisdom and judgment by opposing the war in Iraq that should never have been authorized.

Here in Ohio
[ED.: Neither of the characters whose signatures are attached to this thing are even from Ohio. Couldn't the campaign find any prominent Ohio Catholic Democrats to sign this thing?], many families have felt the pinch from corporate outsourcing, shrinking paychecks, and rising costs – at the grocery store, at the gas pump, and at the doctor's office. Barack Obama knows that these are not only technical problems – they are also moral issues. [ED.: But don't you worry yourself about such icky things as dead babies; that doesn't involve any "moral issues" at all. Instead, focus on these economic problems for which there is no morally "right" or "wrong" solution.]

Click here to read more on how Barack will create jobs and offer relief for working families in Ohio.


As public servants, as parents, as lay members of a proud faith tradition [ED.: Who talks this way? "As lay members of a proud faith tradition"? C'mon guys, you're trying too hard to play up your "value voter" bona fides and are falling flat on your faces because, well, you just don't know how to talk about such things in an authentic manner.], we share Barack's hunger for a politics that reflects that Gospel mandate to be our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper [ED.: Except for "keeping" our unborn brothers and sisters, of course].

We hope you will join us in achieving this new kind of politics
[ED.: Again, really? See comment above re: what's "new" about typical left-liberal orthodoxy.] by supporting Barack Obama in Ohio's primary on March 4th.

To receive more information about upcoming events across the state and to get involved with other people of faith and Catholics for Obama
, simply contact Barack's faith outreach team [ED.: You, too, can come to know the Obamessiah if you'll just lay aside that burden of right-wing partisan politics, come forward and make a decision, fill out this card, and speak with a member of the "faith outreach team".] in Ohio at [COME-TO-OBMA - ED.: I made that up.], send an e-mail to faith@barackobama.com [ED.: That, however, is a real email - faith@barackobama. Sheez!], or sign up at the following website:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/Catholics4Obama

We look forward to meeting you and working with you in the days and weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine
Governor of Virginia

Tim Roemer
Former Member of Congress
(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

Because, you know, "except for the life issues", this guy's "a Catholic natural".

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12 Comments:

At 2/27/2008 2:07 AM, OpenID nathancontramundi said...

Jay,

It's not worth commenting on the editorials you make in and of themselves, because they are, for the most part, right on. However, it should be made clear that, despite this disappointingly hollow support for BHO, Tim Roemer, himself, has a strong record as a pro-life Democrat. In the past he represented my district, now represented by fellow pro-life Dem Joe Donnelly (after a couple of painful terms under Chris Count Chocola), and I was a fan of his. I'm a bit saddened by this, though not necessarily surprised.

I can't justify his supporting Obama; however, I do sympathize with the pro-life Democrat/liberal, who generally finds himself politically homeless, left to support whom he deems to be the "lesser of two evils". I've many times known this sensation.

In Notre Dame,
NPO

 
At 2/27/2008 2:22 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I caught that and corrected the one editorial comment that implied Roemer's support for abortion. Thanks.

Also, I, too, can sympathize with those who generally find themselves politically homeless, as I'm feeling that way right now. I'm not a member of any party, but I have in the past felt somewhat comfortable voting for Republicans. But since becoming Catholic, I have found myself uncomfortable identifying with any party.

And since Brownback (who was the only candidate in either party taking a consistent ethic of life approach) dropped out of the race last year, I have had a difficult time getting behind any of the GOP candidates. With McCain as the probable nominee, I find myself wondering if I can even vote in the November election in good conscience, given his support for ESCR and lackluster pro-life credentials, and given the pro-abortion orthodoxy of whoever the Democrat nominee will be.

Thanks for your comment.

 
At 2/27/2008 8:43 AM, Blogger Kyle R. Cupp said...

It would be great, though I doubt it will come to pass, if Catholics and others within the Democratic Party and those who are siding with Obama would bring "change" to the pro-choice orthodoxy of the Democratic Party.

 
At 2/27/2008 8:48 AM, Blogger Tom McKenna said...

No surprise to see Tim Kaine's name on this. He opposes the DP supposedly because of his Catholic principles but promises not to let his conscience interfere with actually signing death warrants as governor-- i.e., he's willing to cast aside his conscience to do something that he does not have to do (he could commuted death sentences if he really thought the DP is wrong).

Now he puts himself firmly in the camp of an all-out pro-abortionist, again, brazenly invoking his putative Catholicism.

What chutzpah.

Time for Bsp. DiLorenzo to take a public stand and clarify that no Catholic can in good conscience support a moral monster such as Obama. The bishop should firmly repudiate the misleading and false impression left by this pitch that Catholicism can mesh with the Democratic party platform as it currently stands.

I won't hold my breath

 
At 2/27/2008 9:06 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Tom,

While I share your views regarding Gov. Kaine, I think it would be a bad idea for Bishops to declare certain candidates anathema.

Part of the reason for my views on this is that (as I have written elsewhere) I just don't think Church teaching REQUIRES that one abstain in all circumstances from voting for a pro-abortion candidate. Certainly one may not vote for such a candidate in order to further the pro-abortion cause, as that would be material cooperation with a grave evil. However, as the Holy Father has stated, one may vote for such a candidate if one disagrees with the candidate's abortion stance and "proportionate reasons" exist that would justify such a vote. (The U.S. Bishops use the slightly less strenuous standard of "grave moral reasons".)

So, a pro-life voter certainly MAY vote for a pro-abortion candidate upon making the prudential calculus that proportionate and/or grave moral reasons exist. Again, that determination is necessarily prudential in nature. However, my personal view is that such reasons will be extremely rare (if nonexistent), and that one SHOULD NOT vote for such a candidate, even though one is permitted to do so.

 
At 3/10/2008 7:57 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

It would be great, though I doubt it will come to pass, if Catholics and others within the Democratic Party and those who are siding with Obama would bring "change" to the pro-choice orthodoxy of the Democratic Party.

Well, there are many of us doing just that work, in Democrats for Life and Pro-lifers for Obama. We have acheived significant success already and hold the audacity of hope for more progress.

Katherine
www.catholicsforobama.blogspot.com

 
At 3/10/2008 9:16 PM, Blogger Kyle R. Cupp said...

I pray you are successful in charitably pushing the Democratic Party towards a platform that defends life in all its stages, Katherine; and I hope the same for those working in the Republican Party. Life will be respected better if both parties champion its cause.

 
At 3/11/2008 9:19 AM, Anonymous Katherine said...

Kyle,

I deeply appreciate your prayers as I am always in need of such. While I welcome any advance, I don't spend much time on the party platforms as they are pretty much meaningless. But I think there is great hope to see effective programs put into place to support life on a bi-partisan basis.

God bless you.

 
At 8/26/2008 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathrine, are you still supporting Obama after learning that he has on multiple occasions supported the practice of killing new born babies that miraculously survived a late term abortion? Not only did he support it but he spoke up to defend it.

This isn't a merciful killing as we demand for death row inmates (child rapists, brutal murderers and the like), no, this is death by withholding medical care and allowing these babies to die alone and unloved in a closet. To die of the wounds inflicted on them by the abortionist or by withholding food and drink so they can die in agony with their body consuming itself in an effort to survive. This is an abomination of unimaginable evil. I pray that you will contemplate the manner of death for these infants in Chicago, or that you will volunteer to go hold these infants as they die in the closet. Surely that would be the loving Catholic thing to do.

Charlie

 
At 8/26/2008 5:43 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Kathrine, are you still supporting Obama

Yes, and I was very pleased to see that naming Joe Biden as the Vice Presidential candidate has helped boost Obama in polls with Catholics in key states.

 
At 8/27/2008 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathrine,

Either you are a fool or you are knowing doing the work of evil and pretending to be Catholic in an effort to confuse other Catholics into supporting Obama.

There is no such thing as "Pro-lifers for Obama". No one who is TRULY pro-life could ever support Obama. He takes the killing of babies to a new and horrific level. Letting babies born alive die alone in a closet is pure evil.

Any you are part of it.

Congratulations, you have used your gift of life to promote infanticide and make it possible under the law. A "purpose driven life" indeed.

Perhaps you will be locked in a closet on your judgement day? Catholic Democrats like yourself said starving to death (with your own body consuming itself to survive) is euphoric....at least it was for Terry Schiavo.

 
At 8/27/2008 2:16 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank yo fro the kind thought. Best wishes to you, too.

In Christ and His Mother,

Kate

 

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