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Demise of the U.S. Democratic Party - Abortion, Homosexuality, Iraq War, Death Penalty, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research 
The moral issues discussed below should concern people of all Faiths.  They briefly cover the critical political and moral issues of abortion, homosexuality, the Iraq war, the death penalty, euthanasia, and stem cell research (see footnotes). For the good of your country and for the good of your soul, your studied response, based on the Highest Authority (the Word of God), is requested.
Originally written June 18, 2005 - Updated July 12, 2008 & Dec. 9, 2009.
The Democratic Party that has produced such great leaders as Presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, and Kennedy has fallen to new lows. The corruption started with President Johnson, and has continued with morally weak leaders like Carter, Clinton, and Obama
Throughout most of that Party are spiritually insane doctrines such as the right to kill through abortion, the approval of homosexual lifestyles, and “the end justifies the means“ mentality. While it is true that Republicans are also lacking in virtue, they come nowhere near the degree of arrogance, hypocrisy, vengeance, and self-righteousness that exists in the Democratic Party, where true wisdom is practically non-existent.
Today’s Democrats continue to “use” the media, the elderly, union workers, and minority groups to further their political ambitions. Their tactics include slander, lies and half-truths.
Although a portion of American public has rejected their permissive opinions, Democrats refuse to address how, or why their moral standards sicken most Americans and others throughout the world.  Democrats foolishly refuse to compare the millions killed through abortion to the deaths in the Iraq war that brought freedom to millions, or the death penalty that involves a trial by jury
Lacking a vision for the future and a sense of justice, Democrats do not see that a far smaller number have died in Iraq, and through the death penalty.  Democrats often speak of “freedom,“ but do not fight to defend the freedom of choice for human beings who are being considered for abortion.  They remain indifferent to the fact that no legal defense or jury trial is allotted the innocents being butchered through abortions.
The vast majority of politicians in the Democratic Party take “pride” in their foolishness, but far more foolish are those Republicans who are naive enough to believe they can find a common moral ground with them, as if “light” as anything in common with “darkness:
“Bear not the yoke with unbelievers.  For what participation has justice with injustice?  Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?”
(2 Corinthians 6:14).
“You are the light of the world.... So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”  (Matthew 5:14,16).
“I am the light of the world; he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
1. Abortion: It is a scientific fact that when a “being” exists in the womb, that being is human - no matter what the stage of development:
“And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).
“To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child” (Luke 2:5).
“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
2. Homosexuality: There are two basic degrees of homosexuality. The first type includes individuals who are inclined to be sexually attracted to others of their sex, but are conscious of this mental disorder, and seek spiritual & professional counseling to bring about a healingThis group is not "proud" of their illness, and prefers to keep private their unnatural feelings.
The other type of homosexuality involves a moral sickness that negatively affects the soul of a homosexual or lesbian.  These individuals do not seek to change, or confess their sinfulness - they have no shame, and most have many "partners."  They desire public acceptance of the scandal they create, and are openly proud of their unnatural behavior, and constantly seek an “audience.”
These type homosexuals (and their supporters) seek the “right” to publicly practice their unnatural behavior, and accuse anyone who disagrees with their immorality of being “prejudiced,” or “discriminating" against them.  
In addition, if necessary, they will resort to violence to further their “cause.”
They also seek to influence others (especially the media and entertainers), and persuade them to join their unholy "crusade."  It is this group, and those who “consent” to this type behavior by giving their approval to this morally sick lifestyle, that are included in the condemnation given in the Sacred Scriptures:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because in is an abomination.... Every soul that shall commit any of these abominations, shall perish from the midst of his people” (Leviticus 18:22,29).
“For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.... Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves.... For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature....And in a like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men, working that which is filthy.... Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death (damnation), and not only they that do them, but they also that CONSENT to them that do them” 
(Romans 1:22,24,26-27,32).
3. The death penalty:
Please note: This writer does not know if he could actually condemn someone to death.  But I do not consider those who favor the death penalty not to be “pro-life,” for a person’s sense of justice is determined by his or her experiences.  We know that there have been Popes, saints, world leaders, and other good people that have spoken out against abortion, but remained silent, or even approved of the death penalty. They certainly should not be described as not being “pro-life.”
For example:
“When it is a question of the execution of a man condemned to death it is then reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his fault, he has dispossessed himself of the right to live.”
--- Pope Pius XII, Sept. 14, 1952.
"The fate of the wicked being open to conversion so long as they live does not preclude their being open also to the just punishment of death.  Indeed the danger threatening the community from their life is greater and more certain than the good expected by their conversion.  Besides, in the hour of death, they have every facility for turning to God by repentance. And if they are so obstinate that even in the hour of death their heart will not go back upon its wickedness, a fairly probable reckoning may be made that they never would have returned to a better mind."
---St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Book III, 147
For many, life without parole is a better choice than the death penalty, but that decision should still be “reserved to the public power,” or the laws of a particular government, and should not be tied into the “pro-life” movement.
4. The Iraq War:
Although I agree (based on the intelligence information they were given), with the decision made by the USA and Briton to wage war against Saddam Hussein's military forces, I do not consider those who oppose the war to be more honorable, or greater “peacemakers,” for many of them (including President's Carter, Clinton, and Obama) approve of the “right to kill” through deliberate abortions that have resulted in the murder of millions upon millions of innocent human beings.
In addition, they express no shame or guilt for these horrible crimes against humanity.  Only a small number of those who oppose the Iraq War, do so without a judgmental, or arrogant attitude.
Too many people’s definition of a “just war” is based solely upon their own personal opinions, and not upon prayer and discerning the Will of God.
While people have the right to voice their disagreement with the reasons for going to war in Iraq, the vast majority of verbal and written attacks upon President George W. Bush are filled with vengeance, and not wisdom.
At their last meeting, even Pope John Paul II, who opposed the war, complimented President Bush for his “moral leadership.”  Unlike many U.S. Democrats, Pope John Paul's thoughts on the Iraq War were not voiced in an arrogant, judgmental manner
He loved America, and although also aware of President Bush's approval of the death penalty, praised him for his moral leadership:
“The Holy Father also expressed his ‘great appreciation’ for ‘your commitment to the promotion of moral values in American society, particularly with regard to respect for life and the family’”
(Zenit News - June 4, 2004).
In addition, the Vatican now sees the necessity of American troops remaining in Iraq until that nation is able to defend itself from the evil that exists from within
A clear sign of the goodness of the President is the fact that unlike those who do not pray, and choose to persecute him, he prayed for guidance before deciding to send America to war.
The Sacred Scriptures tell us what happens to those who try to follow Jesus and sincerely seek God's Holy Will:
“If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).
Pope Benedict XVI, (when known as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), made this statement on war, the death penalty and abortion: 
‘Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia...There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.’”
--Memo to U.S. Bishops, June 2004.
This is also an important statement regarding the war in Iraq:
“In the West, one hears the words ‘occupation’ and ‘Iraqi resistance’ and that Americans are not well liked. Certainly, the Americans probably made some mistakes and have destroyed things; but they are still our ‘liberators.’”
--- Msgr. Rabban al Qas, Bishop of Amadiyah, Iraq 12/16/2003 8:58:00 PM - ASIANEWS.
5. Euthanasia & the death penalty:
Thou shalt not kill” is not a request, but a Commandment. Therefore we are not allowed to kill ourselves, or to assist in the killing of another human being (the exception "appears" to be the sentence of death when it involves a fair trial by a jury). 
Deaths resulting from a "just" war are of course approved by our Lord, as the Sacred Scriptures clearly reveal.
The following is an important statement by Cardinal Ratzinger regarding the moral issues being discussed here:
“The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin.  The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection....
In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law or vote for it’ (no. 73).
Christians have a ‘grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law.  Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil....This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it’ (no. 74).”
---Memorandum sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick. Made public in the first week of July 2004.
Following the line of moral reasoning in the above statement, there are examples from the Sacred Scriptures that show God may not give His approval to the death penalty.  However, they are open to theological discussions based upon the circumstances surrounding the evil. 
Here the Lord warns Cain not to be jealous or angry with his brother Abel, for those feelings or temptations (if not overcome) can lead to greater temptations and greater sins, and there can be serious consequences:
Genesis 4:6. "And the Lord said to him (Cain): Why art thou angry? And why is thy countenance fallen?"
Genesis 4:7. "If thou do well, shalt thou not receive?  But if ill, shall not sin forthwith be present at the door?  But (if you resist the temptation) the lust (anger, jealously) thereof shall be under thee, and thou shalt have dominion over it."
However, Cain ignored the Lord's warning:
Genesis 4:8. "And Cain said to Abel his brother: Let us go forth abroad.  And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him."
Genesis 4:9. "And the Lord said to Cain: Where is thy brother Abel? And he answered, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?"  (Here Cain lies to Almighty God!).
Genesis 4:10. "And he (God) said to him: What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth to me from the earth."
Genesis 4:11-12. 
11. "Now, therefore, cursed shalt thou be upon the earth, which hath opened her mouth and received the blood of thy brother at thy hand
12. When thou shalt till it, it shall not yield to thee its fruit: A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth."
Genesis 4:13-14. 
13."And Cain said to the Lord: My iniquity is greater than that I may deserve pardon
14. Behold thou dost cast me out this day from the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from thy face, and I shall be a vagabond and a fugitive on the earth: every one, therefore, that findeth me, shall (try to) kill me."
This is the verse that may favor eliminating the death penalty:
Genesis 4:15. "And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold.  And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should not kill him."
The footnote to verse 14 reads:  "Every one, therefore, that findeth me, shall kill me"... His guilty conscience made him fear his own brothers and nephews; of whom, by this time, there might be a good number upon the earth; which had now endured near 130 years; as may be gathered from Gen. 5. 3, compared with chap. 4. 25, though in the compendious account given in the scriptures, only Cain and Abel are mentioned.
The footnote to verse 15 reads: "Set a mark"... The more common opinion of the interpreters of holy writ supposes this mark to have been a trembling of the body; or a horror and consternation in his countenance.
Genesis 4:16. "And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden."
And in the New Testament, Jesus teaches us more truths, but based upon the circumstances, it is also open to discussion in regard to the death penalty.
38. "You have heard that it hath been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth
39. But I say to you not to resist evil, but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other.
40. And if a man will contend with thee in judgment and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him."
---Matthew 5:38-40
The footnote to verse 39 reads:
"Not to resist evil"... What is here commanded, is a Christian patience under injuries and affronts, and to be willing even to suffer still more, rather than to indulge the desire of revenge: but what is further added does not strictly oblige according to the letter, for neither did Christ nor St. Paul turn the other cheek. See: St. John 18., and Acts 23.
41. "And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him another two.
42. Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away
43. You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy
44. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you.
45. That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.
46. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans this? 
47. And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more?  Do not also the heathens this? 
48. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect."
---Matthew 5:41-48
6. Embryonic stem cell research:
We must not imitate the Nazis, and experiment on human beings for the sake of “science,” for Almighty God will never bless such a gruesome “the end justifies the means” endeavor. In addition, unlike adult stem cells, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that embryonic stem cells will be of benefit in helping to cure diseases, (although it remains an immoral experiment even if that evidence existed).
The below information is from the Culture of Life Foundation’s newsletter: Culture & Cosmos Volume 2 Number 45, June 14, 2005:
Dear Colleague, "One of the saddest aspects of the debate over embryo-destructive research is the false hope that has been given to thousands of sick people who are told that a cure for their disease is imminent.  A new editorial and a more in depth article from the medical journal The Lancet makes it clear that if successful treatments ever come from embryonic stem cells they are a long-way off and that adult stem cells continue to hold the most potential for the near futureKeep in mind that this is coming from a journal that supports embryo-destructive research." 
--- Austin Ruse, President.
Lancet Calls For Caution In Touting Potential For Embryonic Stem Cells  
A prestigious British medical journal calls recent headlines that claim research using embryonic stem cells will lead to cures for an almost unending number of diseases to be "sensationalist" and "hype" even though the journal favors embryo-destructive research.
In an editorial in the June 4 edition titled "Stem cell research: hope and hype," The Lancet noted the findings of a recent meeting of researchers in London, also supportive of embryonic stem cell research, who found that, "no safe and effective stem cell therapy will be widely available for at least a decade, and possibly longer."
Recent news that South Korean scientists successfully cloned a human embryo has increased the visibility of bold claims by those favoring embryo-destructive research that miracle cures for everything from Alzheimer's to diabetes are around the corner if such research is allowed.
Recent debate in the House of Representative over legislation that would provide federal funding for embryo-destructive research was filled with emotional pleas from House members on both sides of the aisle who claimed that such funding offered the best hope for family members struck with a variety of diseases.
The Lancet also published a commentary from Neil Scolding, a British neurology researcher at the University of Bristol, highlighting the numerous technical problems with embryonic stem cell research:
"An increasing appreciation of the hazards of embryonic stem cells has rightly prevented the emergence or immediate prospect of any clinical therapies based on such cells. The natural propensity of embryonic stem cells to form [tumors], their exhibition of chromosomal abnormalities, and abnormalities in cloned mammals all present difficulties."   
Scolding says that the "prospect of having to clone . . . every patient requiring therapy is surely unrealistic" and notes that the recent "Korean report of cloning human embryos for stem cells used almost 250 human eggs in generating a single stem cell line."
Scolding goes on to say that these problems only compound the ethical concerns that come from embryo-destructive research.
"What is unarguable is that the human embryo is alive and is human, and intentionally ending the life of one human being for the potential benefit of others (ie, for research) is not territory to which mainstream clinical researchers have hitherto sought claim - or which ethically conscious objectors could ever concede."
Scolding insists that this does not mean that the future of stem cells is dead.  "Far from it, for the embryonic stem cell story forms only one aspect," he says, remarking that adult stem cell therapies have overcome some of the early challenges to their effectiveness.
"Fortunately, for the now highly expectant patient, reports of the death of adult stem cells were greatly exaggerated." Scolding points to successful treatments using bone marrow-derived stem cells as well as recent achievements using adult stem cells to treat patients with corneal disease.
"The next few years, not decades, will show whether adult stem cell treatments are to join the mainstream therapeutic arsenal," he said in what could be seen as a reference to the uncertain future of embryonic stem cells.
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Thank you for taking the time to study this commentary.  Although much more could be written on these moral issues, as you can see from the above examples, we must never be ashamed of our Faith. For the good of mankind, and for the good of our soul, we need to recognize and live by God’s Word, and not by human opinions:
“Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 & Deuteronomy 8:3).
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