Sunday, December 7, 2008

No communion for Obama supporters

I never cease to be amazed at the audacity of some people.

I just read an article about a Roman Catholic priest from South Carolina who told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because he is pro choice. He feels that supporting Obama “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

Wow.


He also went on to say that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president," Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein of course.

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."

First off, I don’t know if labeling Obama as the “most radical pro-abortion politician EVER” is a fair judgment. He is not the first, nor will he be the last, to be pro choice. We know that Bush has been radically anti-choice and yet women all over this country are still able to get abortions. Sometimes they have to drive across state lines, but wire hangers everywhere are still safe for the most part.

Unfortunately, it turns out that this kind of crazy comes in all flavors. Not only did more bishops spoke out against Obama then they did Kerry, but some church leaders went as far to tell church parishioners that their very soul was at risk by voting for someone who supported abortion rights.

Not all Catholic leaders agree with the Rev. Newman, but it seems the damage has already been done. A man who has attended St. Mary's for 18 years said he welcomed Newman's message and anticipated it would inspire further discussion at the church.

"I don't understand anyone who would call themselves a Christian, let alone a Catholic, and could vote for someone who's a pro-abortion candidate," said Ted Kelly. “You’re talking about the murder of innocent beings."

This is the reason why people say religion poisons everything. Some people have their head so far up their pastor’s ass that they are unwilling to see any compromise. This is not a black and white issue. Most people agree that no one should have to carry a baby created through rape by a family member, and the truth is people have voted repeatedly to prove that.

So get off your damn high horse.

I will leave you with this gem of a thought from Sam Harris:

“It’s estimated that 50 percent of all human conceptions end in spontaneous abortion. 20 percent of all recognized pregnancy end in miscarriage. If god exists, he is the most prolific abortionist of all.” -Letter to a Christian Nation

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