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Straight Guy with the Catholic Eye: a pro-life Democrat’s response

5/5/2004 - 4:50 AM PST

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By Matt Abbott

I received the following e-mail from a reader who was responding to a previous column:

"My name is Brandon. I am a practicing Catholic and an adamant supporter of the pro-life cause. I won't call it murder because honestly I don't think these people realize that they are taking lives. I am, however, a Democrat. I don't quite know if you understand this precarious position of mine. Democrats are loathed by Republicans and pro-lifers are loathed by Democrats. I would just like to say that not all Democrats are evil as your article seemed to imply. My entire family is made up of Democrats who go to church every Sunday and has even produced a few priests, but our political views are not always in line with the Vatican. Abortion is a moral issue and I take offense at it being a political litmus test. Just because I don't like the killing of fetuses doesn't mean I should have to vote for Bush whom I consider one of the worst things to happen to this country. Morals and politics must stay separate."

Well, I’m glad Brandon is pro-life. But, while it is obviously true that not all Democrats are evil, the sad fact is a vast majority do fully support the pro-death, libertine platform of their party. It’s fair to say, then, that there are many more pro-life Republicans than pro-life Democrats.

Does that mean we give all Republicans a pass in that regard? Hardly. We must hold their feet to the fire. We must point out the utter foolishness of “pro-life” Republicans endorsing pro-abortion Republicans, simply for the sake of political expediency and “party unity.” And we must point out the danger of the “big tent” philosophy. As pro-life activist Mark Crutcher (www.lifedynamics.com) has said, “The only people you’ll find under the ‘big tent’ are clowns and jugglers.”

Another thing: Brandon’s assertion that “morals and politics must stay separate” is very misguided. On the contrary, morals and politics should never be separated. Otherwise, we wind up with nothing but amoral politicians - and we already have far too many of those!

I strongly recommend that Catholics (and all other Christians, for that matter) read the ‘Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics’ at:

www.catholic.com/library/voters_guide.asp

Nuff said.

More ‘culture of death’ supporters

The following is a partial list of corporations that give financial support to Planned Parenthood:

Sara Lee (including Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, Deli Select, Jimmy Dean, Country Hearth, Healthy Choice, Sunbeam foods, Sunmaid, Hills Brothers & MJB coffee, & Champion & DKNY apparel, along with many other products), Bank of America (which has acquired FleetBoston), Bank One, Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer, Scrub Free, Clean Shower, Arrid, Lady's Choice, Nair, and several other products), CIGNA, Gannett (which owns many newspapers and television stations throughout the USA), the Portland Trail Blazers, Blimpie Subs & Salads, J. P. Morgan Chase (including Chase Manhattan Bank), Ben & Jerry's ice cream, The Prudential, Dallas Cowboys, Johnson & Johnson, The New York Times (which owns many newspapers and television stations throughout the USA), Small Dog Electronics, Nationwide Insurance, Levi Strauss, Bulova, Hotmail, Expedia.com, Newman's Own, Kaiser Permanente, Loews Hotels, Patagonia, Microsoft, Wachovia, and Whole Food Markets.

While it’s virtually impossible to boycott all corporations involved in the culture of death, we should at least let these corporations know that it’s gravely immoral for them to support demonic, anti-life organizations like Planned Parenthood. If they hear from enough pro-lifers, they just might stop the pro-death contributions. (To date, at least 102 corporations have!)

For more information, visit www.fightpp.org

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www.envoymagazine.com/planetenvoy/Review-DaVinci-part1.htm

www.envoymagazine.com/PlanetEnvoy/Review-DaVinci-part2-Full.htm

www.carl-olson.com/abouttdvc.html

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