As part of my campaign for State Representative in Illinois, I spoke yesterday at a candidate forum sponsored by the Lake County (IL) Right to Life organization. Over 20 candidates spoke there, including six Republican Candidates for governor.
I noticed something that bothered me: Almost every candidate began by talking about his religious upbringing.
This one was the son of a pastor, that one was one of nine children of a Catholic family, one was a conservative Jew, another an Indian Hindu, but almost every one, if not in fact every one, started discussing the life issue from a religious perspective.
And, what makes me crazy, some of them use that religious foundation as an excuse to avoid facing the abortion issue in law.
- The Catholic Church teaches me that abortion is an intrinsic evil.
- This is part of my faith.
- I cannot use the force of law to impose my faith on others.
- Ergo, I cannot support restricting abortion in law.
This is why, as you can see in the video linked below, I eschewed all discussion of religion to assert the importance of protecting human life in terms that should be equally accessible to anyone.
And they say I’m a religious fanatic.