By Eric Muench
November 02, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church, for its own religious reasons, has decreed contraception to be sinful, and tells its members not to practice it. Nevertheless, many of them do. Because individual and religious freedom is protected in the United States, the Church may sanction them spiritually but cannot force them to obey its religious laws. The same is true with abortion, which is considered a sin by Catholics and by a few other religious beliefs. But now we have the Republican presidential and Vice-presidential candidate, as well as the Republican Party Platform, declaring their intent to work for the abolition of abortion in all circumstances and also the prohibition of contraception.
It is incredible that the Party complaining about government over-regulation is actually willing to use the police powers of government to force the preferred practices of some religions onto the entire nation. These people want to protect the religious freedom of some believers by denying those freedoms to everyone else. Electing a Republican legislature, congress and administration will lead to exactly that eventual result, so I am voting for Democrats or Libertarians this time around.
About: "long time resident of Ketchikan"
Received November 01, 2012 - Published November 02, 2012
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