New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
Claudia McConnell’s letter to the editor (Sept. 23) states that true Catholics should not vote for President Obama, who is pro-abortion and pro “homosexual marriage.”
I know that in this region especially, there are many sheep in the church who adhere strongly to church doctrine. What they say at the top goes. It is easier this way; less individual thought is required.
This is especially encouraged in the Catholic Church, where priests are supposed to tell their flock what the Bible says and what it means. Even though they have brains, Catholics are not supposed to actually use them when it comes to doctrine and scriptural interpretation.
But thankfully, many do think and come up with their own codes about how to live a Christian life in the 21st century. Many Catholic women use birth control (which reduces the abortion rate), though the church is against it. And many Catholics are supportive of same-sex marriage.
Change in the church and in government comes from the bottom up, not the other way around. Marriage equality is supported by more people today, because more people realize they know someone who is gay or lesbian, and that people are people and love is love.
Church dogma says that God gives us free will, and yet McConnell wants to put someone in the White House who would dictate her church’s morality to the masses.
Marriage equality affects how the government recognizes same-sex couples. It does not mean that churches would be forced to perform same-sex weddings against their will.
No woman will be forced to have an abortion if Obama is re-elected. But people should be free to exercise their own judgments and free will without interference from the church or our government.