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7/07/2004

A Principled Man 

John Kerry hates abortion.

I know, that comes as a shock to anyone who has seen his voting record on abortion. After all, he voted against the partial birth abortion ban six times. He's made waves in Catholic circles because of his pro-choice voting record. But he has a "good reason".

He can't let his personal beliefs interfere in his public life, and inflict his religious views on others.

I know that many people will stand up and cheer. Not me. It strikes me as incredibly inconsistant that Kerry holds to beliefs that he considers to be Truth, but that he's not willing to share those beliefs, or let those beliefs influence anything about his public life. As I've mentined before, I cannot imagine any form of spirituality that doesn't influence every aspect of your life. It seems to me that if abortion is wrong for me, it is wrong, period. Maybe I'm being simplistic, believing in things like absolutes and everything, but I cannot do otherwise. I serve a God who claims to be the Truth -- truth is an absolute. If I believe abortion is wrong, I am going to do everything in my power to keep abortions from happening. John Kerry is too worried about what people might think about him imposing his beliefs on others to take a stand on an issue that he claims to have a rather mainstream stance on.

What will John Kerry do in the event of a global crisis? Do something to help, or sit back and say, "I think we should help, but I cannot impose my morality on the people of {fill in the name of the next hotspot here}." I certainly hope we won't have to find out.

{edit} Take a look at what GetReligion has to say about this.


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