The View From 1776

Religious Values

Senator Kerry’s values are socialistic, materialistic inputs favoring special interest groups.

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In a Washington Times article dated October 22, 2004, and headlined Bush, Kerry turn to religion in final week, reporter Julia Duin writes:

“Both presidential candidates, one a Roman Catholic and the other an evangelical Protestant, are conversant about their faith, with each man making religious pitches down the stretch. ....

“Mr. Kerry has sketched out his values on the Democratic National Committee’s new Web site, http://www.kerrysharesourvalues.org , which debuted Oct. 7.

????It touts a “Kerry/Bush values comparison chart” comparing the senator’s ideas on the environment, the war in Iraq, health care, the minimum wage, prescription drugs and other issues unfavorably with those of Mr. Bush.

????Under the “work with dignity” category, the Web site used the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan to compare the president to one of the men who walked by a robbed and beaten man.
????“For four years, George W. Bush may have talked about compassion, but he’s walked right by,” the site quotes Mr. Kerry saying. “He’s seen people in need, but he’s crossed over to the other side of the road.”

????Mr. Kerry would raise the minimum wage and keep U.S. companies from exporting jobs overseas, the site said. “

As stated in Faith Without Fealty?, Senator Kerry is no more than a nominal Catholic, because he rejects basic tenets of Christianity.

The sorts of things Senator Kerry lists as his values all have to do with Marxian, materialistic inputs.  All of them are politically-correct, social-justice issues espoused by various liberal special-interest groups.

Let’s stipulate that some of his values are good.  But his state-planning approach to implementing them is in direct opposition to that of spiritual religions in the Judeo-Christian tradition, which is the essence of Western civilization and the values and traditions upon which the United States was founded.

Our founding values all start and end with a focus on the individual and his responsibility to live a life of love and service to his family, his community, and his nation.  That spirit of love led Western nations over the centuries to care for the poor and the needy and to improve the standard of living for everyone.  That spirit produced the thousands of volunteer community-service organizations that still exist, but with only a shadow of their influence before the advent of socialism here under the Roosevelt New Deal in 1933.

The Judeo-Christian focus on individuality is the opposite of Senator Kerry’s liberal-socialist belief that morality is determined by an intellectual elite who have a presumed right to impose their social-justice ideas upon people, whom they view only as social and economic classes constituting the masses.

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