Friday, December 4, 2009

Idiot of the Week: The Reverend Carlton Veazey

Decisions, decisions. A "Stop Stupak" rally on Capital Hill, which was staged by Planned Parenthood, NARAL-Pro Choice and the Service Employees International Union gave me quite a few candidates for this week's award.

Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut came in a close second with these comments:
“So make your voices heard! Those Members who are pro-choice and who voted for Stupak should feel your wrath. Those who could not find their way clear to vote for health care, for whatever reason, should feel your wrath too.”
The other side is organizing too and reaching out to lawmakers. In order to protect innocent lives we need to make sure that the pressure on lawmakers stays on high. Polls show that the majority of Americans believe that abortion is wrong! Call your representatives and senators and make sure they know that!
“As we have worked to secure this groundbreaking legislation, it was never our intention to make abortion part of the health care debate... But sadly, the Conference of Catholic Bishops had other ideas. They chose to hold comprehensive health care reform hostage to the abortion issue. In doing so, they not only used a dubious rationale that puts even their own federal funding at risk. They failed their fundamental obligation to help the poor and heal the sick.”
More threats. Quite a few liberal politicians are very angry to see that when the Bishops use their moral authority and ask the faithful to act, many listen. It baffles me that politicians think that they can ban speech about moral issues in churches (of all denominations) across the land. How quickly these law makers forget the first amendment and the Bill of Rights. Maybe they need to take a basic college government class (or even just a year of the Government and Economics classes we all take in high school). It looks like they need a refresher.

As you can see I had more than one great candidate this week. However in the end the last speaker at the rally, who also happens to be the CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, "won" the award of the week.

Rev. Carlton Veazey told the people gathered at the Dirkensen Senate Office Building:
"Don't let anybody tell you that religious people don't support choice."
Let me say right now, the majority of PEOPLE in this country, do not support the killing of unborn children. Recent polls have been very clear on this. More and more people are identifying themselves as pro-life.
"You not only have a constitutional right for abortion, but you have a God-given right."
Apparently anyone can put the title "Reverend" in front of their name and pass themselves off as a religious authority of some sort. And while it may be legal (for now) to kill your unborn child it will never be a "God-given right."

Evil is alive and well in this world and it will do whatever it takes to make monstrous atrocities look absolutely normal.

And of course Veazy also instructed protestors to "take on" the USCCB:

"We are also here to call out the U.S. Conference of (Catholic) Bishops, because no one religion, no theological perspective should get the kind of weight that they can (to) put pressure on Congress."
Again the reason that they have "the kind of weight" that can "put pressure on Congress" is because people LISTEN to them. And that's how democracy works. People listen to their leaders (religious, political, ect.) and then they make decisions based on their consciences.

Abortion ISN'T merely a religious issue. It's a moral issue. As I've said before the idea that murder is wrong is accepted across societies, cultures AND religions. And that is exactly what abortion is.

The idea that certain MORAL issues would be off limits for discussions in churches is absolutely ridiculous. But it becomes clearer and clearer that many of the politicians out there don't understand the first thing about religion, faith or morality.

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