I want to state rather publicly that I am not happy with the prospect of choosing between either Bush or Kerry. I disagreed with Bush on the Iraq war and took a lot of heat from it on this blog for siding Pope John Paul against the President.
But having said that what Kerry does and continues to do drives me nuts. Either you believe it or you don't and if you believe that abortion is ending an innocent life then it is exactly the unborn child who is the most vulnerable member of society and needs the voice of the powerful to stand up for them...something that Kerry seems incapable of seeing and I must conclude that he does not believe as he says he does. There is nothing religious about when life begins...it is a scientific fact, observable in ways that were not possible even fifty years ago. This isn't in question, what is in question is whether any human is allowed to terminate the life of another...this indeed is a judgment that must be made by the government that controls what is acceptable behavior in our society. Kerry lives in a democracy, no one has ever elected him to be a totalitarian leader. His vote has never been anymore than "his vote" but to hear him "his vote" is some other mythical beings vote.
I'll find it very hard to vote for anyone in this election.
From News - Catholic News Agency:
"In a campaign speech given in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, Sen. John Kerry, hoping to win undecided Catholic voters, spoke of his faith and the way it influences his decisions, and of his relationship to the Church, saying 'I love my church. I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree.'
"I know there are some bishops who have suggested that as a public official I must cast votes or take positions on issues like a woman's right to choose or stem cell research that carry out the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church," he said.
'My task, as I see it," said Sen. Kerry, "is not to write every doctrine into law. That is not possible or right in a pluralistic society," he said. "But my faith does give me values to live by and to apply to the decisions that I make,' he added.
Quoting the Gospels, Kerry emphasized his concern for social issues, saying that the concern for the most vulnerable members of society "is a moral obligation that is at the heart of all -- all -- of our religious traditions.' "