Obama Catholics: "Trust Us, We Were Lying!"
Darwin writes at American Catholic:
One of the arguments I’m starting to get very tired of is that when Senator Obama addressed Planned Parenthood and promised that the first thing he would do as President would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (thus cementing a more drastic pro-abortion regime than has ever existed in the US to day) he was obviously just scoring partisan political points, and that Catholics are not only ill advised to worry about FOCA passing and being signed but that if they do so they are actively behaving in bad faith by accusing Obama of supporting something he never really meant to do.My Comments:
If the tenor of the excuses for Obama’s FOCA promise was, “Look, I supported Obama, but the fact is that was an idiotic, divisive and dishonest promise that he made. Luckily, congress is better than that and we can hope that his advisers have now explained to him what a stupid thing that was to say.” I might be a little more open to listening. All of us who follow politics, even passionately, are (or at least should be) aware that “our” candidates often do foolish and even wrong things.
However, the general comment that seems to be coming in from Catholic Obama apologists is that it’s actively dishonest and inflammatory of the bishops and of individual Catholics to focus on Obama’s FOCA promise. I’m sorry but, “Trust me, we were lying,” is not among the more persuasive lines of argument I’ve heard of late. If there is someone acting in bad faith here, it’s not the bishops denouncing FOCA.
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I suppose it's easier to continue to point fingers at the Bishops and at those who are no longer in power and accuse them of being "disingenuous" for focusing on President-elect Obama's self-proclaimed abortion extremism than it is to admit (1) that your party is committed to one non-negotiable issue and that issue is abortion-on-demand as a constitutionally protected "right" and (2) that making your party truly pro-life is unlikely to ever happen or is at the very least going to require some heavy lifting that is likely to distract you and your party from all those other issues that you thought were so important as to justify your vote for the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history.