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Democratic Party = The Anti-Catholic Party--So Stop Voting for Them!
Vanity ^ | 10/11/2010 | pgyanke

Posted on 10/11/2010 10:32:04 AM PDT by pgyanke

Note: This is a letter I send every election cycle to my centers of influence in an attempt to awaken Catholics to their civic duty. I welcome your comments.


For my Friends, Family and Clergy,

Our political party system gives the voting public a collective political voice and a means to implement its priorities in self-governance. The power of the political party comes from the individuals they attract; the greater the numbers, the greater the power. When we choose our party affiliation and vote, we give our assent to their agenda, add our voice to the party message, and add to their power. The party platform, then, becomes the common mission of every party member.

When was the last time we actually read our political party platform to see what our party supports?

Although many voters try to look beyond party affiliation when choosing their candidates, in the end, it is the platform of the candidate’s party that will be followed. The platform will tell you the real agenda behind the rhetoric. A vote for a Democrat at any level is a vote for the Democratic Platform (as is true of any political party). A vote for even a “conservative” Democrat representative is a vote to keep Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. A vote for a “conservative” Democrat senator is a vote to keep Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Both of these individuals claim a “personal opposition” to abortion and yet have been its most ardent supporters in the Legislative Branch of government.

In recent election cycles, the Democractic Party has been able to count on at least 50% of the Catholic vote. The last presidential election gave Obama 54% of the Catholic vote—while he promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) as his first act in office. He had also voted three times against the Infants Born Alive Protection Act as a legislator. Yet he received passive support from the USCCB (who were encouraging the faithful to write their representatives to oppose Obama’s abortion agenda) for his social priorities.

It is nonsensical to support a candidate while working against his positions. It is the candidate who champions the position! This is a failing of Church leadership and the parishioners who have not taken the time to educate themselves. Surely, our Bishops would not countenance our vote for a candidate from the “Anti-Catholic Party”—and yet, they give quiet acquiescence to a Democratic Party which opposes the most uncompromisable public issues of our faith.

As Christians, we are charged to fully form our consciences to make wise choices. Although I am not an enthusiastic supporter of a GOP that tends to lose its way when given power, I stand in passionate opposition to a Democratic Party implementing the agenda outlined in its platform. I have included relevant selections from each platform here not to champion the GOP position, but to show that there is an obvious alternative among the major parties for a faithful Christian.

I pray those seeking the truth will read this document and spend even a small amount of time confirming its veracity.

In Christ,

pgyanke


The Five Non-Negotiable Issues for Serious Christians

"The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights--for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture--is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination" -- Pope John Paul II, "Christifideles Laici"

According to Catholic theologians, there are five moral issues that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law. Intrinsically evil actions are those that fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues.

1. Abortion

The Church teaches that, regarding a law permitting abortions, it is “never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it”. Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of an innocent human being, and therefore it is a form of homicide.

The unborn child is always an innocent party, and no law may permit the taking of his life. Even when a child is conceived through rape or incest, the fault is not the child’s, who should not suffer death for others’ sins.

2008 Democratic Party Platform:

Page 50: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

2008 GOP Platform:

Page 7: “We assert the rights of families in all international programs and will not fund organizations involved in abortion. We strongly support the long-held policy of the Republican Party known as the Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal monies from being given to non-governmental organizations that provide abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. We reject any treaty or agreement that would violate those values.”

Page 20: “We lament that judges have denied the people their right to set abortion policies in the states and are undermining traditional marriage laws from coast to coast.”

Page 38: “Because the family is our basic unit of society, we fully support parental rights to consent to medical treatment for their children including mental health treatment, drug treatment, alcohol treatment, and treatment involving pregnancy, contraceptives and abortion.”

Page 45: “We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception.”

Page 52: “Maintaining The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life

“Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.

“We have made progress. The Supreme Court has upheld prohibitions against the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. States are now permitted to extend health-care coverage to children before birth. And the Born Alive Infants Protection Act has become law; this law ensures that infants who are born alive during an abortion receive all treatment and care that is provided to all newborn infants and are not neglected and left to die. We must protect girls from exploitation and statutory rape through a parental notification requirement. We all have a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life. We salute those who provide them alternatives, including pregnancy care centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.”

2. Euthanasia

Often disguised by the name “mercy killing,” euthanasia is also a form of homicide. No person has a right to take his own life, and no one has the right to take the life of any innocent person.

In euthanasia, the ill or elderly are killed, by action or omission, out of a misplaced sense of compassion, but true compassion cannot include intentionally doing something intrinsically evil to another person.

2008 Democratic Party Platform: Silent on this issue.

2008 GOP Platform:

Page 52: “Respect for life requires efforts to include persons with disabilities in education, employment, the justice system, and civic participation. In keeping with that commitment, we oppose the nonconsensual withholding of care or treatment from people with disabilities, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which endanger especially those on the margins of society.”

3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Human embryos are human beings. “Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo.”

Recent scientific advances show that medical treatments that researchers hope to develop from experimentation on embryonic stem cells can often be developed by using adult stem cells instead. In fact, there have been no beneficial treatments to come from experimentation on human embryos… there have been over 72 cures and treatments to come from adult stem cells. Adult stem cells can be obtained without doing harm to the adults from whom they come. Thus there is no valid medical argument in favor of using embryonic stem cells. And even if there were benefits to be had from such experiments, they would not justify destroying innocent embryonic humans.

2008 Democratic Party Platform:

Page 21: “We will lift the current Administration’s ban on using federal funding for embryonic stem cells–cells that would have otherwise have been discarded and lost forever–for research that could save lives.”

2008 GOP Platform:

Page 40: “Taxpayer-funded medical research must be based on sound science, with a focus on both prevention and treatment, and in accordance with the humane ethics of the Hippocratic Oath. In that regard, we call for a major expansion of support for the stem-cell research that now shows amazing promise and offers the greatest hope for scores of diseases with adult stem cells, umbilical cord blood, and cells reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells without the destruction of embryonic human life. We call for a ban on human cloning and a ban on the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research purposes.”

4. Human Cloning

“Attempts… for obtaining a human being without any connection with sexuality through ‘twin fission,’ cloning, or parthenogenesis are to be considered contrary to the moral law, since they are in opposition to the dignity both of human procreation and of the conjugal union.”

Human cloning also involves abortion because the “rejected” or “unsuccessful” embryonic clones are destroyed, yet each clone is a human being.

2008 Democratic Party Platform: Silent on this issue.

2008 GOP Platform:

Page 40: We call for a ban on human cloning and a ban on the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research purposes.”

5. Homosexual Marriage

True marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Legal recognition of any other union as “marriage” undermines true marriage, and legal recognition of homosexual unions actually does homosexual persons a disfavor by encouraging them to persist in what is an objectively immoral arrangement.

2008 Democratic Party Platform:

Page 52: “We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us.”

2008 GOP Platform:

Page 20: “We lament that judges have denied the people their right to set abortion policies in the states and are undermining traditional marriage laws from coast to coast.”

Page 53: “Preserving Traditional Marriage

“Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.

“Republicans recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit a crime, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty, or have emotional or behavioral problems. We support the courageous efforts of single-parent families to provide a stable home for their children. Children are our nation’s most precious resource. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families.

“Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage.

Page 53: “As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.”

"While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia." -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (before he was Pope Benedict XVI)

* All of the information in this letter was culled from “The Voters Guide for Serious Catholics” and the major political party platforms.


This letter clearly shows which of the two major political parties is not earning the Catholic vote. In fact, if the Democrat Party feared losing 30 million Catholic votes due to its obsession with abortion and the destruction of traditional family values, the Democrats would have to change their immoral policies. Now that would be real change! The time has come for Catholics to look beyond traditional Party affiliations and see the true nature of the political powers that they are electing.

In the current political climate, a vote for the Democratic Party is incompatible with Catholicism. Even the Democratic politicians who claim to "personally oppose abortion" are voting with those same Party players who are busy cementing this intrinsically evil act into our laws. For this reason, in the spirit of Ez 33:7-9, it is imperative that Catholic voters understand and are forewarned of their complicity in the policies which they are effectively choosing when they vote for their candidate. Unfortunately, a large percentage of voters today do not take the time to properly educate themselves on the issues.

The Democratic Party continues to count on nearly half of the Catholic vote while opposing our values and teachings on bedrock issues. They claim to want abortions to be “rare” and a “choice” yet oppose any action to limit the practice and discourage other decisions. Real change will come not when we carry signs at right-to-life rallies but when immoral positions (and politicians) become a losing proposition for any political party. Every Catholic must be educated on these issues and encouraged to vote for life and the family regardless of past party affiliations. Every Catholic must be shown what the politicians and political parties truly support—not be left to the mercy of slick advertisements, politically-motivated news reporting and intentionally confusing political rhetoric.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: catholic; platforms; voting
Every voting cycle, I send this to my family, friends and clergy... and then post it on FR. I thought I would post it here first this time in case you recommend any changes. I'm always open to a second opinion.
1 posted on 10/11/2010 10:32:09 AM PDT by pgyanke
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To: Salvation

For your ping list, if you don’t mind.


2 posted on 10/11/2010 10:33:12 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: pgyanke

Very good. Ping!


3 posted on 10/11/2010 10:34:40 AM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
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To: pgyanke

The liberal American Catholic Church and catholic universities are the anti-Catholic Church as well.


4 posted on 10/11/2010 10:35:40 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: pgyanke

Bump.

Freegards


5 posted on 10/11/2010 10:37:07 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: pgyanke
In recent election cycles, the Democractic Party has been able to count on at least 50% of the Catholic vote...

1) Point of correction - Bush captured more of the total Catholic vote than the minimally-Catholic John Kerry

2) Your message matters more to practicing Catholics. What percentage of the practicing Catholic vote goes to democrats?

3) How do you reach out to non-practicing (apathetic) Catholics?

6 posted on 10/11/2010 10:41:51 AM PDT by kidd
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To: pgyanke

Not all catholics are catholics..


7 posted on 10/11/2010 10:43:17 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: pgyanke

I would rank Social Justice teachings as well as Liberation Theology just below ‘The Five Non-Negotiable Issues for Serious Christians’ as threats to the Christian faith.

The left has infiltrated the Catholic church and is pushing these wto items very hard to unsuspecting parishioners.


8 posted on 10/11/2010 10:44:46 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: kidd

Good points.

1. Recent cycles include 2006... and my stat was valid in that one. Maybe I should simply say “approx 50%”...

2 and 3. I know... I can simply put out the information (because so many of our bishops won’t) and pray.


9 posted on 10/11/2010 10:45:38 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: Frantzie

True... and part of my fight.


10 posted on 10/11/2010 10:46:25 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: pgyanke

s a Roman Catholic, I can attest to the fact that we need to suffer and see others suffer with us.

It is a Roman thing others would not understand.

In the future we shall again be fed to lions for mass entertainment.

And we would not have it any other way.


11 posted on 10/11/2010 10:46:34 AM PDT by mmercier (The damage done...)
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To: hosepipe
Not all catholics are catholics..

Evidenced by Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Kennedies, et al...

12 posted on 10/11/2010 10:47:33 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: mmercier
As a Roman Catholic, I can attest to the fact that we need to suffer and see others suffer with us.

True. However, I will be led to the lions with my mouth open in praise of the truth, not sitting on my couch surfing the idiot-box.

13 posted on 10/11/2010 10:49:16 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: pgyanke

As a practicing Catholic, I’m sorry to tell you...a lot of Catholics are anticatholic.


14 posted on 10/11/2010 10:50:00 AM PDT by rushmom
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To: rushmom

As a practicing Catholic... that’s the purpose of this message.


15 posted on 10/11/2010 10:51:57 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: kidd
1) Point of correction - Bush captured more of the total Catholic vote than the minimally-Catholic John Kerry

The writer is correct, the Catholics voted for Al Gore in 2000, after voting for Clinton in 1992 and 1996, in 2004 Bush did win the Catholic vote with 52%, and then in 2008, Obama won his 54% of the Catholic vote.

Four of the only six times that the Republicans have won the Catholic vote in history, was to reelect a president that was already there, a fifth time was electing Reagan's veep, before going to Clinton in the next election.

16 posted on 10/11/2010 10:57:57 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Antoninus

I like your “Catholic Ignore” graphic.


17 posted on 10/11/2010 11:02:39 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: ansel12
The writer is correct, the Catholics voted for Al Gore in 2000, after voting for Clinton in 1992 and 1996, in 2004 Bush did win the Catholic vote with 52%, and then in 2008, Obama won his 54% of the Catholic vote.

You failed to include an asterisk, *, at the end of your run on sentence. The figures you posted, without citation, were gleaned from inaccurate exit polls.

18 posted on 10/11/2010 11:12:36 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: pgyanke

Democrats are ANTI_CHRISTIAN!! PERIOD!! They HATE Evangelicals and Catholics evenly, but we have the Pope so they go after us first.


19 posted on 10/11/2010 11:15:07 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ansel12
Four of the only six times that the Republicans have won the Catholic vote in history, was to reelect a president that was already there, a fifth time was electing Reagan's veep, before going to Clinton in the next election.

Can you break that down into practicing vs. apathetic (non-practicing) Catholic? Its important to separate how Catholics vote when they believe in what the Catholic Church presents every Sunday versus how they vote when they are apathetic about their own set of beliefs (but had Catholic parents and still label themselves as such)

20 posted on 10/11/2010 11:20:57 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

The problem is the number of faithful Catholics who sit the pew day after day and week after week listening to a liberal-leaning cleric spouting social drivel. My purpose is to get the word out and show this social ideology for the folly it is.


21 posted on 10/11/2010 11:27:01 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: kidd

LOL, can you break down any category for purity by your standards?

We can ask people if they are a member of the Catholic church, or if they identify with one of the Protestant churches, or if they don’t identify with any church, or if they are Jewish, but it is pretty hard for the poll taker to conduct an inquisition into the person’s purity.


22 posted on 10/11/2010 11:31:09 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: pgyanke

Martha Coakley, the Dem candidate to replace Teddy Kennedy here in Mass., so much as said that believing Catholics should not be in the health care profession.


23 posted on 10/11/2010 11:36:11 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Dismissing the political facts as a conspiracy, and trying to keep the truth of the Catholic vote from conservative Catholics, only means that we will never be able to change the Catholic vote to where it should be.


24 posted on 10/11/2010 11:44:10 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Your ‘LOL’ is unwarranted. Nor is your personal attack.

It is not a stretch for a pollster to ask if the person is a church-going Catholic or a non-church going Catholic. It is quite common for pollsters to do so.

Nor is it fair to include apathetics in with fervent Catholics. And this point is relevant to the OP’s message as to the effectiveness of the OP’s message.

Since you are unable to break down the polls into practicing and non-practicing Catholics, your previous posts are irrelevant.

The OP has chosen to focus on practicing Catholics who have a liberal pastor. This seems to be a more constructive direction for this thread.


25 posted on 10/11/2010 11:50:16 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

There was no personal attack, you just showed your sensitivity.

The Protestant numbers include the majority of blacks, lesbian ministers, Episcopalians, “apathetic” Protestants, the church of Reverend Wright, one third of the Hispanic vote, everyone.

Catholic only means people that identify with their one Catholic church, whether they have drifted away some in practice or not.

The larger issue is what do we do about the Catholic vote supporting Democrats, and you seem uninterested in that.


26 posted on 10/11/2010 12:13:36 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Since it seems that your intent is to hijack this thread with irrelevant voting data and provocations, I’m going to ignore you like Missouri is ignoring democrat senators.


27 posted on 10/11/2010 2:38:17 PM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd
This isn't hijacking a thread, it is merely responding to a misleading post that you tried to pawn off on us, it is very relevant to the article and your post.

To: kidd
1) Point of correction - Bush captured more of the total Catholic vote than the minimally-Catholic John Kerry

The writer is correct, the Catholics voted for Al Gore in 2000, after voting for Clinton in 1992 and 1996, in 2004 Bush did win the Catholic vote with 52%, and then in 2008, Obama won his 54% of the Catholic vote.

Four of the only six times that the Republicans have won the Catholic vote in history, was to reelect a president that was already there, a fifth time was electing Reagan's veep, before going to Clinton in the next election.

16 posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 10:57:57 AM by ansel12

28 posted on 10/13/2010 8:50:47 AM PDT by ansel12
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