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The ethic of life

Debate on The Ethic of Life
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April 16, 2009

Dear Mr. Jerram & Mr. Maxwell,

I’m writing to find out if you have had an opportunity to clarify any of your “life” or “single-issue” positions? We have your questionnaires which look as if you both are pro-life Catholics. However, it is the political scuttlebutt that this “single-issue” (of life) is an issue with one or both of you and that since one of you is Democrat and the other a Republican, then one is more “life” than the other.

Needless to say, we expect a 100% full-time commitment to life from both of you that never equivocates from faith or reason and it is our core expectation and assent to the truth that being pro life is first and foremost a reasonable issue and one that lies in perfect harmony with our religious beliefs as Catholics.

Make no mistake, the pro-life movement is not a religious one! The pro-life movement is the longest-running, best maintained and grotesquely ignored civil-rights movement in all of human history.

The strife of the unborn, elderly and infirm in America out-weighs the disgust of Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Empire and Japan ‘blood-lust’ during WWII.

Life is the only issue as it precedes all others. If you are a Catholic in the public square and one that believes that abortion is not the only issue and that you can support candidates that are “death” mind withoutut reprisal (which is the word on the street), then let me offer this quote from the 1998 USCCB statement:

Living the Gospel of Life

“Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues. Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excusing difference to those who suffer from poverty, violence and injustice. Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and scandal capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all those areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person of all states. But, being “right” in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life [emphasis original]. Indeed the failure to protect life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect ANY claims to the “rightness” of position in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful on the human community. If we understand the human person as “the temple of the Holy Spirit” — the living house of God — then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. ALL DIRECT ATTACKS ON INNOCENT HUMAN LIFE, SUCH AS ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA, STRIKE AT THAT HOUSE’S FOUNDATION. These directly and immediately violate the human person’s most fundamental right — the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand.”

In light of this reminder and due to the important nature of this race, we invite you to an evening of discussion and debate on the ethic of life (or lack thereof) in America. The winner(s) will be highlighted as endorsed by Nebraskans United for Life for the general election.

We would like to hold this event on a Sunday evening at 7 pm — please let us know which of these Sundays you would be available and we will, upon decision of the date, release the location.

April 26th
May 3rd

Many thanks!
John Lillis, Chairman