You've heard of Joe the Plumber - well, this is Joe the Bishop.
Joseph Martino is head of Scranton's Catholic diocese, which may hold the key to at least one battleground state. Catholics are a good bellwether for national trends. And Bishop Martino is trying to make sure his flock trends in the right direction.
He recently issued a letter warning that "being 'right' on taxes, education, health care, immigration and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of human life."
This is a swipe at prominent cafeteria Catholics and noted theologians like Nancy Pelosi who've tried to argue that Catholics shouldn't be one-issue voters. Knowing that many Catholics tend to be squeamish about the party's stand on abortion, Democrats have tried to appeal to this important demographic by playing bait-and-switch - if they can divert our attention from their support for the abortion lobby, we'll be able to pull the lever for Obama.
That might work with the I'm-personally-against-but-don't-want-to-impose-my opinion types. But they can't hoodwink Joe the Bishop. Martino has enunciated the church's beliefs by emphasizing that if you don't respect life at its most defenseless and elemental, concern for the rest is meaningless. [...]
Barack Obama, despite the backpedaling he's done on the campaign trail, is NARAL's best friend. While Joe the Senator is more reticent about his support for abortion rights, saying that, for him, life begins at conception, Obama has long made it clear that Roe is sacrosanct.
He voted to block legislation to mandate medical care for babies who survived botched abortions because he felt it infringed on the right to choose. He's also promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act if elected. Among other things, FOCA would let tax dollars be used for abortions, gutting the Hyde Amendment. [...]
Last week, a miracle came into my life. His name is Alexander Christian, and he's my nephew.
He's more precious than anything at the Barnes Foundation. I'm sure that if Obama had the chance to hold Alex, he'd flash that radiant smile of his and talk about my nephew's right to a bright future.
But Bishop Martino knows Alex had a right to that future even while nestled in my sister's belly.
And while Catholics can run from that truth, they can't hide.
At least not in Scranton.
This was well written, a quick run-down of the reasons why Catholics shouldn't vote for Obama. And the writer seems to have made the same calculation I did: if you're against Obama, you should at least consider voting for McCain, who won't drive the country even further in the direction of the culture of death.
I understand that this election requires a lot of soul-searching, a lot of prayer as we decide what to do. But if we can stand idly by and watch someone so rabidly pro-abortion as Obama is elected to the office of the presidency, and, in effect, shrug and say "If the GOP expected us to stop him, they shouldn't have insulted us by offering such a deficient candidate on their side," then I wonder just how evil a presidential candidate would have to be in the future for us to rethink that formulation.
For now, I feel pretty good knowing that my McCain vote puts me in the company of people like Christine Flowers. Seems like good company, to me.