I don’t know where to post this, but my friends and I are getting ready to vote for the first time, and we want to make sure we stay within our good concience. So we complied a sort of list on the potential moral scruples of voting for each party. I just want to knowing we have the right sort of idea, or if we’ve used any morally problematic logic.:shrug: I have sources for most of this stuff, and actual quotes for the first ten.
Why we can’t REALLY vote Republican…
- Pope John Paul II was against anyone going to war against Iraq.
2.The Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that health care be provided to all Americans .
- The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty for criminals in almost all situations.
- The US Conference of Bishops has urged that the federal minimum wage be increased , for the working poor.
- The bishops want welfare for all needy families , saying “We reiterate our call for a minimum national welfare benefit that will permit children and their parents to live in dignity. A decent society will not balance its budget on the backs of poor children.”
- The US bishops say that “the basic rights of workers must be respected–the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions…” .
- Catholic bishops demand the withdrawal of Israel from Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 .
- The US Conference of Catholic Bishops ripped into Arizona’s law on treatment of immigrants , Cardinal Roger Mahony characterized Arizona’s S.B. 1070 as “the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law,” saying it is based on “totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.” He even suggested that the law is a harbinger of an American Nazism!
- The Bishops have urged that illegal immigrants not be treated as criminals and that their contribution to this country be recognized.
- The US Conference of Bishops has denounced, as has the Pope, the Bush idea of ‘preventive war’ , and has come out against an attack on Iran in the absence of a real and present threat of an Iranian assault on the US.
But why we can’t really vote Democrats EITHER (perhaps even more so):
- All these reasons are related, but will be listed in what is generally considered their relative importance (which also happens to be the order in which each is a legal issue, apart from a religious freedom issue). Abortion is an intrinsic evil that is the murder of a completely innocent human being. It opens the door for all sorts of cruelty and injustice against the defenseless (which basically undermines all the GREAT social justice stuff like helping the poor). As such it is detrimental to the whole of society. By separating sex from the natural potential for a child, it opens new ground for men to use women without considering the consequences. It also sends the message that female fertility is wrong and something that needs to be fixed, rather than a natural bodily system functioning properly. Clearly, this attitude hurts, rather than empowers, women. By the same logic, contraception is seen as a lesser evil that helps contribute to a culture of death. No person should be forced to support what they believe to be an evil. Religious institutions, especially, must not be forced to contribute to something that directly goes against their beliefs. In this light, the contraception mandate (even after compromise) is similar to demanding that a Orthodox Jewish café owner pay a third party to give away bacon and pork chops in his restaurant. Also by the same logic (separating sex from one’s natural fertility) the Church is opposed to sex between people of the same sex. The major issue that many Catholics have with same sex marriage is that many laws would require Catholic institutions to pay for spousal privileges in a union they do not approve of (if the Church had a gay employee) or else be required to perform the sacrament of marriage in a way the Church feels is sacrilegious. However, the importance of contraception and same sex marriage pales in comparison with that of abortion.
It is up to each individual to decide whether s/he can in good conscience decide that the 10 items on the first list outweigh the one on the second or vis versa, and thus choose a candidate. Often, the best moral course of action is to vote for different parties for different positions, in whichever way the voter thinks will be the best for the good of society.
faith more so, so we want to be sure we’re not doing anything wrong.
So, our we following the right line of reasoning, or did we make some mistake due to youthful ignorance. We both take out newly gained voting privledges seriously, and our
Also, is there any third (or 12th) candidate that somehow gets this all right (or at least more of it)?