- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am puzzled by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s contradictory statement that he personally opposes abortion, in unison with his Catholic faith, but politically supports a woman’s right to choose.

What form of mental compartmentalization or bicameral thinking can allow an intelligent human to rationalize this way? Scripture has it that “no man can serve two masters” (Matt. 6: 24).

Morality and faith are not things that can be restricted exclusively to the private sphere. In fact, no politician in any society or government can, in good conscience, rule coherently in the service of the common good apart from his or her own faith or values.

The conscience, being one and indivisible, does not permit the acting out of parallel lives.

Common sense dictates that when gravely immoral policies find their way into law, they begin incrementally, surreptitiously, almost invisibly, to impose themselves on society by both coercion and force - in the process marginalizing both religion and those of religious faith.

Mr. Biden’s political position on abortion neglects to consider the fundamental right to life of the mother’s unborn fetus.

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder.

Given such a grave situation, we need more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and call things by their proper name without yielding to convenient compromises or the temptation of self-deception.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario

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