Why is abortion the only moral issue?

This is really starting to piss me off. Why is abortion considered the only moral issue in the election — and not an unjust war or millions of people without health care or tax breaks only for the wealthy?

I’ll back up a bit to explain my rant. My dad went to Mass yesterday, and the priest pretty much told the congregation that it is a sin to vote for Barack Obama because he is pro-choice.  The priest told them the only moral choice is to vote for a pro-life candidate.

I just don’t understand this argument. I consider myself a good Catholic, and I’ve read the Bible cover to cover several times. The Jesus I read about in the New Testament cared for the poor, the downtrodden and those whom the rest of society didn’t care about. Yes, I believe Jesus cares about unborn babies, but I also believe he cares about senior citizens on fixed incomes and civilians — and soldiers for that matter — who die in war and families who go into debt or declare bankruptcy because they don’t have health insurance.

I believe all these issues are “moral” issues because they are tied to right and wrong.

I believe God expects us to use our intellect and our hearts in making decisions, and I think everyone has to listen to his or her own conscience. If your conscience tells you that abortion is the only issue that God cares about, so be it. Vote that way. But my conscience doesn’t.

I believe economic policies that reward the greedy are immoral. I believe that social programs that leave people hungry or homeless or in abusive homes are immoral. I believe an energy policy that destroys our Earth’s resources is immoral.

One of my favorite Bible passages is in the Gospels where Jesus throws money changers who were selling wares out of the temple because they shouldn’t have been doing that in a house of God. If Jesus were on Earth today, I picture him growing angry at many things, including the recent Wall Street greed that necessitated at $700 billion bailout with taxpayer’s money.

I believe it’s our “moral” duty to weigh how a candidate stands on all these issues — not just one.

And I think it’s questionable that a member of the clergy should try to tell people how to vote. Priests have a lot of power because Catholics are brought up to believe they speak for God. That means some people will listen to priests in a way they won’t listen to anyone else, so priests must be extra careful not to abuse that power. I think preaching politics from the pulpit does abuse that power — let alone compromise the separation of church and state.

I know some will say I’ve concocted my own version of God that I can live with.  There’s some truth to that. Just as a Republican may see Jesus as more conservative, I see Jesus as a Hippie-like liberal. The difference is I don’t believe you’re damned if you don’t agree with me.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to “Why is abortion the only moral issue?”

  1. I totally agree with your post. Hehe, I wrote an article for Huffington Post after last Christmas called “Jesus Was a Liberal and God is a Progressive”. But I like Hippee too :).

  2. bloggingmom67 Says:

    Kim,

    Thanks for your comment. Your article sounds great.

    Cheers.

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