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Elections Moral Obligations

NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS

"I am committed never again to cast a vote for a politician who would kill one innocent baby… Some would ask, 'Shouldn't we vote for the lesser of two evils when the choice is between pro-abortion candidates?' I believe not. To compromise on so fundamental an issue gives [pro-life politicians/parties] no incentive to defend the pro-life position". (Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family March, 1995)

…would you vote for a candidate who would support the killing of 5-year-old boys and girls whose parents no longer wanted them? Would it matter whether or not you agreed with that politician on economic matters or other issues? Would you get under a "big tent" with a party that had this one teeny weeny flaw which they might call "pro-choice on child eradication" within its platform? I pray not." (Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family)

Abortion "is such a fundamental wrong, that when it comes to voting, a candidate's stance on the issues is irrelevant if he or she favors abortion
," since "the voter participates in promoting the agenda of the candidate in an intentional action." "You shall not murder ... Therefore ... a Christian cannot debate the pros and cons of abortion any more than he can debate the pros and cons of rape or stealing or adultery." (Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life, from a pamphlet written prior to the 2000 U.S. Election)

"Christianity and the Cultural Mandate:" Vote Wisely Warns US Evangelical Leader Colson
"We must not stand by while our culture is hijacked by alien philosophies hostile to the created order." He describes the issues we face today, such as homosexual "marriage," cloning, abortion, terrorism. "If Christians do not seize the moment and act on the cultural commission, there soon will be no culture left to save." "But when we do our duty, we can change the world," Colson contends. The duty Colson refers to includes such things as "voting wisely, contending for truth, and helping redeem our neighbors and our neighborhood."

POPE JOHN PAUL II

“Above all, 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 of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination” (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici, “The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World” [December 30, 1988], n. 38b).

Civil leaders have a duty "to make courageous choices in support of life, especially through legislative measures. No one can ever renounce this responsibility, especially when he or she has a legislative or decision-making mandate which calls that person to answer to God, to his or her own conscience and to the whole of society for choices which may be contrary to the common good." (Evangelicum Vitae 90).

VATICAN

Vatican Cardinal Arinze Says Pro-Abortion Politicians Must be Denied Holy Communion
When pressed on such "unambigiously pro-abortion" Catholic politicians, Arinze said such a politician "is not fit" to receive communion. "If they should not receive, then they should not be given," he said.

VATICAN CITY, Oct 3, 2000 (LSN.ca) - Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family has just emphasized that Catholic politicians must act according to the principles of their faith and that, "everything collapses without respect for life." The Cardinal said, "Politicians must have the defense of the right of life in their own heart and mind to offer it to the community. Without this defense, instead of contributing to the construction of society, the politician destroys it."

ROME, Oct 12, 2000 (LSN.ca) - A new Vatican document prepared by the Pontifical Council for theFamily for the Jubilee of Families to be celebrated this weekend in Rome includes "legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws" as bearing "responsibility" for the "abominable crime" of abortion - which the document describes as "murder".