Okay, I am veering away from National Get Organized week for a day to directly respond to an online friend from Twitter. (BTW- if you haven’t been on Twitter.com, you really need to check it out) She and I have been debating, in the 140 character limit, that Twitter allows over the Presidential campaign. She is vehemently against my candidate, Barack Obama and sends me links to sites and videos that I guess are supposed to change my mind. But, this last link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSEaDov37R0 just irritated me to the point that I am going to address point by point why, no offense to serious Catholics, their voting strategy is flawed. I have tried to remain as neutral and non-confrontational as possible online because many of my friends and even family believe in and prefer a different candidate. But silent I can no longer be. That is the beautiful thing about democracy. We don’t have to agree, we have a choice. But, I digress.
Abortion- As a girl who found herself pregnant at 16 and explored my options, including abortion, I refuse to take that right away from anyone. I did not choose it for myself- Jared is a beautiful, smart 12 year old. But, that does not give me the right to say to someone who becomes pregnant as the result of a violent crime what to do with her tragedy. That is between her and God. I have also watched my best friend bury a three day old baby who struggled to breathe her entire existence and who suffered from a chromosomal abnormality that is not survivable- they have the right to choose whether or not they ever go through that again. Period.
Euthanasia and cloning- I am not even going to dignify that crap with a response. We have way more important issues right now to choose our candidate over including, oh I don’t know, the economy, foreign policy and healthcare. I will let Barack’s words speak for themselves about letting beliefs become devisive and partisan:”
[I]f we truly hope to speak to people where they’re at – to communicate our hopes and values in a way that’s relevant to their own – then as progressives, we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse…Because when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations towards one another…others will fill the vacuum, those with the most insular views of faith, or those who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.” – Call to Renewal Keynote Address “
Embryonic Stem Cell Research- I, as someone with a chronic illness that has no cure, am completely in favor of using everything science has available to find a cure for all the insidious diseases that rob us of quality of life, bankrupt us financially and exhaust our healthcare system.
Homosexual marriage- my candidate does not support homosexual marriage, nor do I. However, again, I serve a God that tells us to leave judgement to Him and I embrace the concept that two people that have loved each other and spent their lives together ought to have the same right to be present in a hospital room, share medical benefits and other “perks”, for lack of a better word, in recognition of their commitment and devotion to each other. Again, it is NOT my place to regulate what people can and can not do with their personal lives.
And please spare me the second Amendment right to bear arms BS and increasing taxes and, and, and. I am voting who I am voting for, and that does not make me immoral, less of a Christian or a liberal lunatic. It makes me a Christ loving, compassionate, human being making up my mind based on my value system. It’s called being an American!

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