Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sen Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi: Faith not Science? Follow-up

This is a follow-up to a the previous post "Sen. Joe Biden: Faith not Science?" that was posted following an interview that Sen. Biden gave Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press Sunday. One of the premises to Mr. Brokaw's probing on the issue of life was a direct result of comments Rep. Nancy Pelosi made just a week or so before stated that:

"church leaders (Pelosi is Catholic) for centuries hadnot been able to agree on when life begins"

If you reference the previous post you will find that Sen. Joe Biden followed this week with:

"as a matter of faith life begins with conception"

I am astonished, but not surprised, the mainstream media has not thought that this correlating statements by two high ranking Democrats deserve more examination. Well, apparently the Catholic Church has made that determination and have in fact rebuked Biden and Pelosi, both Catholic, for the views expressed representing views/positions of the Catholic faith.

House Speaker Pelosi stated that "we don't know" when life begins and "so I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins" and she further went on to say that "the Catholic Church for centuries has been discussing this".

The Catholic Church's doctrine committee has criticized House Speaker Pelosi for "misrepresenting the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion" and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, an area that will be hotly contested by both campaigns this Fall for Pennsylvania's electoral votes stated:

"the teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable, direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either a s an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law....the church's moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development."

The Church went on to say;

"In keeping with this modern understanding (ie the science) the church teaches that from the time of conception (fertilization) each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with the respect for the fundamental right to life"

In fact some bishops charge that "the right to choose" is simply an alibi that contradicts Christian and Catholic belief.

While it is not my intent to argue in favor or in opposition to the right to choose, I would like our media to examine the critical thinking that in my view appears void of any logic these politicians use in making these statements.

I was directly asked in college in Cell Biology exactly when life begins and how it begins so I find it that the so-called cream of the crop in Congress in our nation are so science-challenged that they cannot address the issue on a fatual basis.

These two leaders are Catholics who fail to be advocates for the culture of life and as a fellow Catholic it is disturbing at the lack of resolve these Catholics have on the issue and they weaken the Church's moral grounding by not remaining true to the real traditions of the Church.

While there certainly are underlining issues, the greatest issue to me is the complete ignorance, either intentional or not, these leaders in Congress have regarding this line of rhetoric directed at when life begins.

I would much rather of these leaders make the case for the "right" and why it should be a "right" based on intellectual integrity and not this, as Barack Obama says "made-up stuff" these leaders are presenting to our nation.

The facts are and the science is simple:

Conception=Fertilization= Human Life

Any arguement that "we don't know" when life begins is not only misleading but out right ignorant of science and ignorant as to what we are teaching in our educational system throughout the country.

If you are not noticed, these blips hurt the Democrats as the latest polling as shown an increase in % of John McCain's current support amongst Catholics nationally polled now at 70% up sharply from early summer.

In Virginia:
73% of declared Pro-Life voters and 30% of Pro-Choice voters support a McCain/Palin ticket

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It has been one error aftern another with this campaign since the Convention. It makes you wonder if people have Obama's best interests at heart. I mean Nancy Pelosi supported Hillary Clinton I think.

The polls are showing that all of these is backfiring. Catholics are moving back to the the Republicans and in fact most dioceses had gotten away from really talking about abortion as a fundamental topic of daily sermons and the Democrats have put that topic right back in the mix and the issue is a loser for them.

They will either been seen as being wrong on the issue or seen as misrepresenting the Catholic faith much like the medai did in Mitt Romney's bid in the Primary.