With all the different concerns facing our country these days, is it morally justifiable for faithful Catholics and Christians to be single issue voters?
In this political climate, how can they not be single issue voters?
Earlier I made the case for why we have a moral obligation to vote, as the Catholic Church teaches. Now, let me spell out a simple argument as to why all Catholics and Christian must be single issue voters, for this upcoming midterm election and beyond.
I am borrowing this from Fr. Frank Pavone, of Priests For Life. I found his argument in a flyer within the Church bulletin after Mass years ago. It stuck with me ever since.
If a candidate running for office claimed he was pro-terrorism, could he still gain your vote?
No, you say?
Would you bother to ask him his stance on gun control or on immigration?
Still no, you say? Is it because his support of terrorism eliminates him from your consideration? Great, it should.
HOW COULD ANYONE VOTE FOR A “PRO-CHOICE” CANDIDATE?
But why is it so few faithful Catholics and Christians draw such a hard line on so-called “pro-choice” candidates? After all, they support terrorism of the womb: the slaughter of innocent babies.
Over 3,500 babies die a day in the USA to abortion. How could anyone who supports this crime against humanity be fit to serve public office?
Still thousands more die by chemical abortion, induced by abortifacient contraception. Birth control use—a grave sin according to the Catholic Church—should never be supported either. Such candidates also ought to be eliminated from contention for everyone’s vote.
THE LIFE ISSUES ARE THAT IMPORTANT
Faithful Catholics and Christians everywhere must be single issue voters this midterm election and for every future election.
Without the right to life, ever other right is irrelevant. What good is the freedom to religion, or any other freedom, if no one is left to use them?
Pope Saint John Paul the Great spelled it out beautifully in his 1995 papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life):
“The fact that legislation in many countries, perhaps even departing from basic principles of their Constitutions, has determined not to punish these practices against life, and even to make them altogether legal, is both a disturbing symptom and a significant cause of grave moral decline.
“Choices once unanimously considered criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually becoming socially acceptable…
“The end result of this is tragic: not only is the fact of the destruction of so many human lives still to be born or in their final stage extremely grave and disturbing, but no less grave and disturbing is the fact that conscience itself, darkened as it were by such widespread conditioning, is finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in what concerns the basic value of human life” (#3).
The Holy Father doubles down, in the same encyclical:
“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance : that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin’ (John 8:34)” (#20).
I will let the Vicar of Christ’s words speak for themselves. I hope they resonate.
I realize some candidates agree on the life issues, so their policy on other issues must then be taken into account.
As well, especially in this political mess, it comes down to voting for whichever candidate will kill the fewest children. Sadly, this has become the test. Which candidate is the lesser of two evils? What a sorry state of affairs. But it is our reality.
PRO-LIFE VOTING RESOURCES ABOUND
Now that the need to vote for pro-life candidates has been established, let me direct your attention to a few voting resources. You can begin with these in your research to determine which pro-life candidates are worthy of your vote.
One-third of the Senate goes up for re-election every two years. For every US senator, the National Right to Life (NRTL) has compiled a pro-life voting scorecard.
Every two years, each seat of the hundreds of Representatives in the lower chamber of the legislative branch gets voted on by the public. Here is the NRTL scorecard for all members of the House of Representatives.
Fr. Pavone’s organization has compiled great materials as well. Here they give an overview of voting principles on their site, politicalresponsibility.com.
So, are you one of the single issue voters?
Do you agree with Saint John Paul the Great’s words in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae?
Please share any thoughts you have below!