Letters to the Editor

Attack on Catholics skewed by right

Re Oct. 23 letter by Michael DiMartino, “Democrats attack teachings of church”

I disagree with the writer.

The central mandate – that most employers have to cover preventative care for women – has been law for over a decade. This point has been completely lost in the current controversy, as Republican presidential candidates and social conservatives claim that Obama has launched a war on religious liberty and the Catholic Church.

The mandate was law during the administration of Republican President W. Bush as well.

By implication the writer proposes that as a Catholic I must vote for a Republican, “third party” candidate or abstain. Conversely are Catholics warned against a Republican candidate? Should I not support Governor Romney because his religious beliefs contradict Catholic theological teaching on the Trinity? The Vatican has spoken out against Mormon teachings including the baptism of the dead. Does this prevent Catholics of any political persuasion from voting for the Governor? Not yet!

Putting aside the candidates’ religious convictions (or not ), should Mitt Romney win the election he will give an oath to enforce the law of the land as president of all the people, not just Catholics and Mormons.

I support one’s right to life. I oppose the death penalty for the same reason. Catholic doctrine does not condemn me to hell for exercising my right to vote. My religious convictions must not be forced upon others. That’s the role of fundamentalist terrorism. My understanding of Catholic social doctrine commands me to vote with conscience, conviction and compassion for all.

The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.