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When a candidate who happens to be a Christian wins and takes his oath of office, he should take the First Amendment to heart.
This was one of the things I respected about John Kerry. He stood by his Catholic beliefs when he said he didn't believe women should have abortions, but he also said he wouldn't let that affect his political stance and that he didn't have the right to impose that belief on everyone. He was even threatened with denial of communion (who says the Church isn't political?), but he held firm.
|Date:||December 6th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)|| |
This reaction by the Catholic Church always amuses me. Surely if the Church demands that Catholics elected to office must try to enact Catholic law, then Catholic candidates to US elected offices will aways be faced with this requirement to violate their oaths of office. The only honorable response for such a candidate, under those rules, is to decline to run, since no honorable Catholic could swear an oath to God when he knows he will violate that oath. Is it really the intent of the Catholic Church to ensure that honorable Catholics will never run for office in the US, or have they simply not thought this through?