December 11, 2005


The presidency & faith (Jimmy Carter, 12/11/05, USA Today)

As did all presidents, I carried my own religious faith and moral values to my duties in Washington, with the realization that there might be some potential conflicts between my personal beliefs and my official duties, which I swore before God to perform in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States of America. The ultimate legal interpretations of these laws, of course, are made by the U.S. Supreme Court. In general, the moral values of our country are the same as those of all the major religions and even of most individuals who may be agnostics or atheists. [...]

The only potential conflict between my personal beliefs and my official duties was with abortion. I have never thought that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions unless, perhaps, the mother's life or health were endangered, or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. However, being willing to accept the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, I did everything possible to reduce the desire for abortions. [...]

All Christians will remember Jesus' admonition to "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's"...

There can hardly be a more unAmerican/anti-JudeoChristian notion than that Caesar is entitled the 45 million victims of Roe. Life is God's, not Caesar's.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2005 11:02 PM

How could anyone believe that Jesus would approve of abortions in cases of rape or incest? Carter, although professing that his faith has been shaped by biblical study and prayer for guidance, demonstrates that all of his thinking is shaped by left-wing pieties.

Posted by: GER at December 12, 2005 1:56 PM

Surely Carter understands enough theology to realize that preserving the right to life is not a matter of religious rule, like using two sets of plates or requiring a certain kind of bread for communion.

His implying otherwise insults his readers' intelligence and demeans, it that were possible, his own standing.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 12, 2005 7:31 PM

Jimmy Carter: "I did everything possible to reduce the desire for abortions".

Bill Clinton: "I was all over Osama like a pit bulldog (or something like that)"


Posted by: jim hamlen at December 12, 2005 10:46 PM
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