Keeping the faiths

"Keeping the faiths" Continued...

Issue: "Considering the heavens," Jan. 24, 2004

He talks openly about God and how his religion does shape his work as a lawmaker. He was one of the few Democrats who excoriated President Clinton for his sexual immorality.

Mr. Lieberman believes that religion should not be banished from the public square. He says of some of his Democratic colleagues, "They forget that the constitutional separation of church and state, which I strongly support, promises freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

He has worked with Christians to protect religious rights and to combat religious persecution throughout the world. "And incidentally," he told Jewish journalists, "the group that is probably discriminated against most in the world today on the basis of religion is Christians."

And yet, he is less than Orthodox when it comes to abortion. Believing in abortion has become the Democratic shibboleth, their one moral absolute, the limit to their tolerance. The most conservative Jews are pro-life, though some find in Talmudic lore about "quickening" an excuse to believe in early abortions.

Recently, Mr. Lieberman commented that new medical technology that is allowing ever-younger babies to live outside their mother's womb may mean that the viability provisions of abortion law may need to be revisited. Fellow candidates and Democratic activists seized on this mild rethinking of Roe vs. Wade as heresy, and he quickly recanted.

It seems that the dogmas of the abortionists make up the one true faith for Democratic candidates. This trumps even their personal religions, forcing them to either set up a wall of separation between their souls and their work, or causing them to revise their theology so that it does not get in the way of their politics.

Gene Edward Veith
Gene Edward Veith


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