The day is here and I'm all nerves. I don't mind being nervous because it means that I'm alive and that I care, but I do feel uncomfortably apprehensive. I lost my interior cool a bit today after reading one too many blog posts that said something to the effect of: Now, now, Catholics... let's all get along and not let politics get in the way of our happy times. I just get the sense that even pro-life people (myself included) have had their senses dulled by the commonality of abortion. We speak the words and slogans so many times that we forget the child and the grotesque horror of the act. But...
... let's all get along now. Because after the election, we need to remember how much we love each other in spite of our differences. Right?? Kiss. Kiss. Hug. Hug. BFF!
The Catholic Church is crystal clear about this one. First, that we have a moral obligation to step into that voting booth and speak. Second, that the murder of innocent human lives is of greater concern than anything else on the ballot. Third, it is not okay- EVER- to support a candidate who is an aggressive proponent of the murder of children.
So, here we are on the cusp of an election in which we have the opportunity to reject the most abortion-loving president in US history, and we're worried about offending our Catholic friends who intend to vote for him? I'm not feeling particularly tolerant of this position.
What would you sacrifice if you could save just one of those little ones? What would you give if you could save the soul of someone you care about? Would you give up a friendship? Is this a question that we even need to ask each other?
I keep hearing about all of these unloving, abrasive Catholics who want to force Romney down the throats of their Obama-loving Catholic peers. I haven't met these salivating beasts (perhaps I am one and just don't know it) but let me break this down a bit...
Your neighbor is in her house beating her child to death with a bat. You know it is happening. You want to alert a nearby friend but don't want to offend her... because she gave the woman the money for the bat. She knew the woman was going to beat the child with it but she gave it anyway. You decide to say nothing... or maybe just offer a gentle nudge and then drop it. Because you don't really want to jeopardize the friendship. The child dies. Your friend is publicly indignant... but purchases the woman another bat with the next opportunity.
It's an analogy but it is not a gross exaggeration. If you have a dear Catholic friend voting for the incumbent... please speak up. Please. It's okay to be intolerant of the destruction of innocent babies. It's even appropriate to get a little heated about such an injustice.
If you vote for Obama, you are voting for someone who feels strongly that abortion is not only a right to be tolerated but a good to be promoted. You're buying him the bat. You are voting for a man who will force all citizens to pay for others to destroy their children and to fund the largest abortion provider in the world. And that's just for starters.
If you're a Catholic and voting for the incumbent, I'm calling you out on this. It's all in love, dear friends. And if I lose you, I will offer that loss as a sacrifice in reparation for the American holocaust... the destruction of so many of God's beautiful children.