Letter: Roger this, Mr. Marolt
In his recent column “Abortion does not Trump all other issues in this election” (The Aspen Times, Commentary, Oct. 14), Roger Marolt correctly argues that being opposed to abortion does not obligate one to vote for Donald Trump.
What he neglects to point out, however, is that for Roman Catholic “deplorables” such as I (and Marolt himself, if I’m not mistaken), it is an absolute deal-breaker when it comes to casting a vote for Hillary Clinton.
Because Trump is “all for the death penalty,” Marolt reasons, he just “can’t differentiate” between Trump and Clinton in the matter of taking human life. This is because “the death penalty is as harsh as abortion to the dignity of human life.”
Like hell it is. The “Good Thief” who was crucified with Christ, and pre-emptively canonized by Christ, acknowledged that his own crucifixion was “just,” being the due reward of his deeds. When can this ever be said of the destruction of an unborn child?
In the opinion of the more recently canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion. … And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
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As the U.S. bishops resolved in 1989, “No Catholic can responsibly take a ‘pro-choice’ stand when the ‘choice’ in question involves the taking of innocent human life.”
Hamlet observed of bad acting, “it out-Herods Herod,” the Palestinian tyrant who ordered up the slaughter of the innocents in Matthew’s Gospel account. In his labored reasoning, Roger Marolt out-Kaines Tim Kaine, the Catholic who comforts himself with being personally pro-life and publicly pro-choice — in other words, with being two-faced.
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