Monday, July 05, 2004

This is simultaneously comforting and frightening.
As Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) campaigned across Iowa on Sunday with Gov. Tom Vilsack, widely reported to be on Kerry's vice presidential short list, both men dodged repeated questions about whether their joint appearance might be a preview of the Democratic ticket.

But even as he tried to avoid making news Sunday, Kerry broke new ground in an interview that ran in the Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald. A Catholic who supports abortion rights and has taken heat from some in the church hierarchy for his stance, Kerry told the paper, "I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception."

Spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said that although Kerry has often said abortion should be "safe, legal and rare," and that his religion shapes that view, she could not recall him ever publicly discussing when life begins. . . .

"I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist," he continued in the interview. "We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."
Kerry's defense of how his beliefs radically diverge from his public policies is ridiculous on its face. We're not talking about whether we should have a law defining the nature of the divinity of Jesus Christ. We're talking about a law defining the nature of human life. The divinity of Christ is a purely theological matter not subject to the laws of the state. Human life and the protection thereof is very much within the responsibilities of the state.

Kerry admits that Americans are divided on the definition of "human being" -- so therefore it follows that we should take the lowest common denominator and make that the basis of law? By this logic, Northern Christians could not have opposed slavery in 19th century America because, while they believed that blacks were full human beings "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights", others believed that blacks were not (even ratified by the US Supreme Court). Forcing the issue would have been wrong because it would have violated the First Amendment.

How about this for a Kerry campaign theme?
"I support a $7/hr. minimum wage to raise Americans up out of poverty. However, I also recognize that my negative evaluation of poverty is a personal belief informed by my Roman Catholic upbringing, and that many Americans view poverty as the just reward of sloth and indolence. I can't take my views and legislate them on a conservative Southern Baptist, a Mormon or an athiest social Darwinist from the CATO Institute. After all, we have separation of church and state in the United States of America."
Sure, that's the ticket.

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