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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

McIlheran on Obama, Catholicism, Abortion and Evil

Excellent article written by Pat McIlheran from "Right On":

Hey, here’s a way to be relevant, if you’re a church: Volunteer to be, as commentator Jeffrey T. Kuhner in the Wash Times puts it, “the last line of defense against the new Dark Age.”

Which is to say, the triumph of abortion over any moderating influence in American law. This would be what President-elect Barack Obama has proposed, promising last summer that “The first thing I will do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” a measure that would wipe out any state or local laws on abortion, including laws that let medical providers opt out of committing abortions.

Among other things, this would mean, as Kuhner notes, war with Catholicism. “Many liberal Catholics insist abortion is a single issue, a strange obsession of traditionalist diehards,” he writes. “Besides, they argue there is so much more to Catholic social thought. There is poverty, social justice, the environment and Iraq.”

Perhaps, yet there’s something singular about abortion:

“Abortion is the seminal moral issue of our time. Nearly 50 million unborn babies have been murdered since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. If one includes Europe, the number of dead fetuses is staggering. Abortion has claimed more victims than either of the two great totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century, communism and Nazism.


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