To answer a question that occurs from time to time in our comment boxes, Catholic Kerry Watch is not a partisan blog in the usual sense of the term; i.e., we do not pledge allegiance to a particular political party.
Our sole partisanship is for our Holy Catholic Faith and for the moral principles that it espouses, in particular, respect for innocent life and traditional marriage as ordained by God. Thus our focus, as noted below our banner, is on "chronicling Democratic presidential frontrunner John Kerry's desperate attempts to maintain his status as 'a Catholic in good standing' while publicly flouting the moral teachings of the Catholic Church."
That being said, common sense is common sense from whatever quarter it is voiced. In this case, it happens to be the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), critiquing the "seamless garment" scorecard scam, on which we have previously reported.
According to Michael Rochmes, writing in today's issue of The Hill:
The NRCC has accused Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX) of trying to mislead voters by preparing a "Catholic Voting Scorecard" that compares the votes of Catholic lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on issues important to Catholics. Citing an article in last week's issue of The Hill, the NRCC said Lampson is trying to "draw attention away from his own voting record that flies in the face of Catholic teachings."
"The scorecard and the NRCC's counterattack demonstrate the extent to which the clash of Catholic doctrine with political policy has come to the fore in this year's election," Rochmes observes, noting that "the content of the scorecard has raised eyebrows because it appears to give equal weight to issues that many Catholics say are of utterly dissimilar moral valence—such as opposition to abortion and support for a higher minimum wage."
Thus Lamson, who voted with Planned Parenthood 80% of the time between 1995 and 2001 and. in two of the votes used by the bogus scorecard, voted to force military doctors to peform abortions and against a ban on human cloning, nevertheless managed to score an impressive 80%.
As NRCC spokesman Carl Forti cogently concludes:
Nick Lampson hasn't voted in line with the Catholic Church since he came to Congress. Instead of changing his votes to reflect Catholic teachings, Lampson appears to be trying to change Catholicism to be more in line with his votes.
To which we say, "Change your votes—not our faith!"
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.