February 25, 2008

ONCE YOU ACCEPT THAT INFANTICIDE IS EVIL...:

Conscientious Voting: Doing injustice. (Ramesh Ponnuru, 2/25/08, National Review)

The Washington Post has published an angry attack by Joe Feuerherd on this country’s Catholic bishops. (He closes by damning them.) He takes the bishops to be edging up to the proposition that he has put his soul in danger of eternal damnation by voting for Barack Obama (or any pro-choice politician).

Feuerherd doesn’t take the tack that it is wrong in principle for the bishops to suggest that some types of political behavior can endanger people’s souls. It is hard to see how he could take that tack, given that he appears to believe, first, that there is such a thing as an eternal soul that can be damned or saved, and second, that moral choices can affect the outcome. Nor does Feuerherd argue, exactly, that the bishops are wrong to regard abortion as a grave injustice. He says that he is himself pro-life. Evidently, then, he believes that abortion is the unjust killing of innocent human beings, and the “right” to abortion therefore amounts to a license to commit an injustice of the gravest kind.


...how do you derive a "but" that allows you to support its advocate?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2008 7:15 AM
Comments

I was just day-dreaming of a Monty Pythonesque sketch where a Roman Catholic pressed a button voting for a pro-abortion candidate and was suddenly taken back in time to watch his mother choose to abort him. The pseudo-Catholic is given the choice of "For" or "Against" by St. Peter and then tossed into a deep, dark canyon after hesitating to answer.

As Ronald Reagan said, "Funny how all those in favor of abortion have already been born."

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 25, 2008 10:58 PM
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