Friday, October 1, 2010

Faithful Citizenship - October 3, 2010

If you are not registered to vote, please do so after any of the Masses this weekend—deadline Oct. 4.

Please consider which issues are important to you, and which issues will serve as “deal breakers” for you. All offices still up for grabs will have a say in several issues that should set off alarms for us as Catholics.

As a judge and Lt.Gov., Duke Aiona has not had an opportunity to cast a vote on life issues. He has, however, stated that he is opposed to abortion and gay marriage. We can expect him to vote that way as governor. His opponent in the gubernatorial race, Neil Abercrombie, has had over 20 years to create a voting record on these issues and has made it clear that he would vote, as governor, consistent with his past record. What are a few examples of that record: Voted “NO” to ban partial-birth abortion except to save a mother’s life (10/03); Voted “NO” on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions as a way to escape state laws requiring parental consent (9/06); Voted “NO” on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info (9/02); Voted “NO” on banning physician-assisted suicide (10/99). Charles Djou is opposed to abortion and gay marriage. Sen. Hanabusa favors a woman’s right to choose (which would be OK if you were talking about choosing a new dress or shoes) and has said she would have supported the last legislative session’s civil union bill (which referred to the Hawaii Revised Statue of Hawaii’s marriage law.)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” We must protect life. We must also love those who struggle with their personal lives while at the same time protecting the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

Gotta go boot up my hard drive!

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