Skip to comments.Ryan highlights role of faith in his political views
Posted on 09/15/2012 1:16:00 PM PDT by NYer
.- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan defended his Catholic faith, pro-life views and economic policies at a conservative gathering in the nation's capital.
“I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith,” said the Wisconsin congressman.
Ryan spoke openly about his Catholic faith at the 2012 Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 14.
In his address, he defended his economic views, which have drawn criticism for their proposed cuts in federal spending on some programs that aid the poor.
However, Ryan has asserted that “big government” approaches have not worked to reduce levels of poverty and says that his plan would help the poor by reducing the federal debt, growing the economy and creating jobs.
“Here we are, four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it?” he asked. “More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look.”
Pointing to a struggling economy and high levels of unemployment under President Obama, the vice presidential contender argued that he is not lacking in compassion for the poor, but instead has a different approach to addressing the problem of poverty.
This approach includes not only federal and local government, but also “civil society,” which Ryan described as good acts taking place through the work of families and communities.
He explained that for people of faith, “our hearts and conscience have called us to work that needs doing, to fill a place that sometimes no one else can fill.”
This unique and important role of faith-filled individuals and institutions is threatened, however, by the mandates issued under the Affordable Care Act, he said.
Among the most controversial of these mandates is a new federal requirement that forces employers to offer health insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and early abortion drugs even if they hold strong moral objections to doing so.
Under these mandates, Ryan explained, organizations such as Catholic Charities are told that they must violate their consciences, despite the fact that they already excel at their job of serving needy Americans.
Ryan said that he and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will repeal the mandate if elected and “are honored to stand with you, people of faith and concerned citizens, in defense of our religious liberty.”
The congressman also highlighted the distinction between his own pro-life views and the extreme support for abortion expressed by the current administration.
“Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard for millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party,” he said.
He observed that in “the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion safe, legal and rare.”
In contrast, he said, the Obama-Biden ticket apparently now “stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion at any time, under any circumstance, and even at taxpayer expense.”
Ryan criticized this shift, arguing that “in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike.”
“We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice,” he said. “Every child has a place and purpose in this world.”
“Everyone counts, and in a just society, the law should stand on the side of life,” he stressed.
Well I know Paul Ryan is a Bible believing practicing bona fide Christian...
But Willard...not so much...
I got saved on Aug 18, 1962. I am a tither and a soul winner, and I know the Word pretty well....but I wouldn’t have the chutzpah to condemn and write off Mormons in general or Mitt Romney in particular.
Yes, there is error in Mormonism....just as there is in most denominations....even fundamentalist ones. I think some of us are going to be surprised at some of the people who will be in Heaven. Christ said that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains or throw trees into the ocean. I’m not aware of there being a great desire on God’s part for either one of those things, but I do know that He is not trying to keep people OUT of Heaven; He’s trying to get them IN. The thief on the cross did not actually repent, he was not given gospel tract with the 4 Spiritual Laws nor was he taken through the Roman Road Scriptures. All he did was say to the Lord, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Christ’s answer was, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Christ also said that by examining the fruit you can pretty accurately evaluate a tree. So let’s look at Mitt Romney’s life. Yes, there are less-than sterling moments in his life, including inability to save some of the businesses he tried to. But he names the Name of Christ; and even as a double-tither, Mitt’s record on benevolence and charity puts me to shame.
Examine King David’s life....and ignore the Bathsheba part and the murder of her husband Uriah. Look at David when he was running from Saul....read First Samuel chapter 27, how David wiped out a number of entire clans, men, women and children, merely to keep them from blowing his cover and revealing to Saul where he and his merry men were holed up....and then stole all those people’s possessions. The secret? David repented. Don’t tell me that ol’ Dave was any more repentant than Mitt.
Christ died for sinners. There is none who doeth good and sinneth not; no, not one.....including you, me, ol King David and ol’ Mitt Romney. Let him who is without sin.....
there is error in Mormonism....just as there is in most denominations
Which of the 100 Mormon sects are you referring too ???
I hope you dont think Mormnism is a denomination of Christianity ???
Its not ...
Its a whole different religion...
It was founded by Joey Smith to be the anti-Christian religion...
he wanted nothing to do with Christianity...
he wanted to be the 2nd Mohammad like in the “Alcoran” he declared “Joseph Smith or the Sword”..(1838)
he was excommunicated from the Methodists and the Presbyterians for his immoral unChristian lifestyle and his blasphemy againt God..
Mormonism has nothing to do with the LORD Jesus Christ who is God of the Christian Bible...
Smith never called his religion LDS...
That came later when the Mormns tried to convince people they were no different.....
other than the polygamy...
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Assumes facts not in evidence which is why you'll undergo a particular judgment, just like everyone else, upon your death.
and I know the Word pretty well....
Obviously not well enough.
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