Catholic feels confident with Obama

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By Staff

To the editor:

I believe I can vote for the Obama/Biden ticket as a faithful Catholic (Biden is Catholic) and concerned American after carefully reflecting on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ guidelines.

I do not approve of abortion and realize it is considered gravely immoral by the Church. However, the Church also considers as gravely immoral an unjust war and says the right to life implies and is linked to other human rights. I am a whole life voter, not a one-issue voter, and to me life does not end at birth. The Holy See and the Bishops Conference have raised serious moral questions regarding the war in Iraq and preventive use of military force. An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed and 1.5 million have been injured in this unjustified war. How many were innocent civilians and children? The number of war refugees and internally displaced persons is 4.5 million (28 percent women — 48 percent children), 4,168 American troops have been killed and more than 60,000 injured. Barack Obama opposed the war from the start and said we need a timeline to get out. I believe John McCain will be a Republican war president as he voted for the Iraq war and has stated he wouldn’t mind seeing the U.S. in Iraq for 100 years.

Also considered seriously moral issues by the Church:

Racism — Discrimination based on race is a grave injustice and affront to human dignity.

Failure to protect the planet  — We have a moral obligation to protect the planet on which we live and the Bishops Conference offers a distinctive call to seriously address global climate change. (The League of Conservation Voters gave Sen. Obama a lifetime environmental voting score of 86 percent, Sen. Biden 83 percent, Sen. McCain 24 percent, Gov. Palin said global warming is not man-made.)

Torture — This violation of human dignity can never be justified. Remember Abu Ghraib? McCain sided with Bush voting against the bill that would ban waterboarding. Do you realize that a Canadian Foreign Affairs Department document includes the U.S. in a series of countries where prisoners are at risk of being tortured and abused?

I am alarmed and angry at the path this country has taken.  The gap has widened between the richest and the poorest Americans, and many in the middle are struggling. The latest budget report shows the Bush administration inherited a budget surplus and will leave office with the biggest deficit in history. We are living beyond our means. How can we possibly afford this on-going war in precious human lives and monetary resources? Do you think McCain’s Republican economic agenda of deregulation and minimal oversight is serving the American people well?  Anyone who has funds privately invested has seen the resulting devastation of this policy. I, along with Obama, do not believe in private investment of social security funds. Do you want your old-age entitlement tied to today’s stock market? McCain does.  Since President Bush took office, McCain has supported President Bush’s positions 90 percent of the time, so how can he now say he promotes change? With all the serious issues facing our country today, do you prefer a president who was No. 894 out of a class of 899 at the Naval Academy or one who was magna cum laude in Harvard Law School?

Frances L. Strange

5020 Loretto Road