From the transcript of a television ad targeting Hispanic voters, from John Kerry’s website:
Narrator: “We introduce you to a man of faith. A man of family. A man of honor. A man for our community. His name is John Kerry.”
- John Kerry is a Man of Faith: “I began life baptized and confirmed as Catholic. I served as an alter boy. There was a period in my life when I thought I might even be priest–as a young person. And then I went to Vietnam. And in Vietnam I think most time I wore a rosary around my neck when we went into battle. So I believe. I still believe. And I have great personal faith and I think the more you learn about the universe; the more you learn about the unanswered questions the harder it is for many people not to in my judgment. But many people chose not to and I understand that and I respect that. That’s what I want to get to. We are a country founded on the notion of diversity and our freedom of choice and freedom of religion.” – John Kerry [Town Hall Meeting, 12/14/03]
First off, you’d think someone in the campaign, maybe the director of religous outreach or whatever, would know that the big thing at the front of the church is an A-L-T-A-R. Although in Kerry’s case, “alter” boy might be more accurate.
Anyway, what exactly does John Kerry believe? He obviously wants people in the Hispanic community to believe that he’s a devout Roman Catholic. What a crock! Kerry says he believes life begins at conception, but he also believes in a mother’s right to terminate that life anyway.
Uh, isn’t that “murder”?
In the Catholic Church, such a belief is grounds for excommunication. So in what sense is John Kerry a man of faith? In what does he truly believe? Does he believe, as the Catholic catechism teaches, “in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God”? I haven’t heard him say so. Where would I look to find the fruit of his belief?
Look, everybody believes in something. “Great personal faith” gets you diddly squat. Psychiatric institutions overflow with people who believe things that are contradictory, impossible, or false.
What matters is whether your faith is placed in something that’s true.
Secondly, the definition of “diversity” thrown about by left-liberals is quite a bit different than what was current in the 18th century. Diversity to the founding fathers meant the federal government wouldn’t insist that everyone worship in the Anglican Church, or the Presbyterian Church, or the Congregational Church.
But the existence of God, and His supremacy over the affairs of mortal men, was, for the most part, taken as a given. By the time of the framing of the Constitution, those who disagreed were free to do so as long as they subscribed to a code of morality based on the will of God as revealed in the Bible.
That’s what made the United States different and what made us great. We’re losing it now, a nation backsliding its way to pluralistic moral parity with our atheist European brothers. We see the results of this amorphous “faith” in a God we can shape to fit the moment in the dungeons of Abu Ghraib, the boardrooms of Enron, and in the 40+ million dead since Roe v. Wade.
That’s the faith of John Kerry.