Vote according to God’s law

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First, let’s set the stage with an excerpt from “The Manhattan Declaration,” which was developed by a group of prominent clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars of (many Christian) faiths:
“Therefore, let it be known that we will not comply with any edict that compels us or the institutions we lead to participate in or facilitate abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or any other act that violates the principle of the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every member of the human family.

“Further, let it be known that we will not bend to any rule forcing us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality, marriage, and the family.

“Further, let it be known that we will not be intimidated into silence or acquiescence or the violation of our consciences by any power on earth, be it cultural or political, regardless of the consequences to ourselves.” (manhattandeclaration.org; quoting from the shortened version)

From the above broad Christian perspective, let’s now reflect on more specific information from www.catholic.com, in a “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics”:

• “A well formed Catholic conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or individual law that contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”

• “Some things are always wrong, and no one may deliberately vote in favor of them. Legislators, who have a direct vote, may not support these evils in legislation or programs.” But for those that do, and for Catholics who support them, all share in the same sin.

• The guide identifies five social issues as “intrinsically evil: abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and homosexual marriage.

The guide also provides information on “How Not to Vote”:
1. Don’t vote based on party affiliation, earlier voting habits or your family’s voting tradition.  These may have been trustworthy ways to determine who to vote for in the past, but they are often not reliable today.  

2. Do not cast your vote based on appearance, personality, and media savvy.

3. Don’t vote for candidates simply because they say they are Catholic. Unfortunately, many self-described Catholics reject fundamental Catholic moral teaching, such as those social issues that are “intrinsically evil.”  

4. Do not vote for candidates who may be right on lesser issues, but who’ll vote wrong on key morals.

In summary, Catholics must not vote in favor of human law that is contrary to God’s law. His law always comes first.  

Frank Splendoria