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Writer's Block: Politicians Should Stop Playing God

By: Kimberle Dale

6/28/2007

Since the debates began between the possible contenders for the 2008 presidential race, I've once again been paying close attention to all candidates on both sides, hoping and praying that at least one person would be pro-life.

Sad fact is, I didn't see any pro-life Democrats so far and the one Republican candidate who is at the top of the list of contenders is also pro-choice.

What a sad world we live in when our politicians won't stop playing God and help support an effort to bring to an end the atrocity of abortion -- the grave, immoral act of killing an unborn child in the womb.

I read a headline on the Internet the other day that stated that the Democrats are setting their sights on winning back Catholics. They believe that Catholics are ideal targets because they tend to be less observant than evangelicals and so are less likely to tow the church line politically.

All I want to say to them is, "Don't make me laugh."

Orthodox Catholics and conservative Evangelicals know full well what is going on. Do the pro-choice Democrats, to make themselves feel better, actually believe we are so lax in our faith that we would change our stance to support their agenda? No. That will not happen. They also want people to believe that Catholics face cross-pressures from their church to oppose abortion. No, Democrats, try again. We are pro-life because we believe in the sanctity of life.

In addition, nothing they could ever say -- other than "I promise to bring an end to abortion" -- will cause us to vote for a pro-choice candidate -- Democrat or Republican. If they truly want the Catholic vote, they need to do the right thing and fight for the life of every human being, born and unborn.

Our clergy are working their hearts out for the little victims. Father Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, reminded legislators that "nothing threatens the American experiment more than the legal but unjust killing of human beings by abortion." He also reminds them that this law stands in stark contrast to the very right enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: the right to life. Abortion is murder, and murder is against the law.

Father Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, recently called for the resignation of all pro-choice Catholic legislators and stood by Pope Benedict's remarks to them, reminding the legislators, "It is not possible to advance 'respect for life and for the dignity of every human being' while tolerating the dismemberment and decapitation of the human beings still in their mother's wombs. These Catholic and other Christian legislators are not only contradicting their faith, but they are contradicting the very meaning of public service."

As a voter and as someone who is wondering which politician, if any, running for office is going to be pro-life, I believe it's time for all who are running for president or Congress to stop playing God by continuing to allow the senseless slaughter of the unborn child -- a little human being who did not ask to be conceived, but who was created by God and placed in the womb of a woman who is supposed to be its natural protector. There are other choices that can be made and abortion should never, ever be one of them. The pro-choice candidates need to wake up to this fact if they want our votes.

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