Part of it includes information so that you can hold your own People of Faith Potluck with information in this packet.
John Kerry' faith. A life-long Catholic, John Kerry attends Mass regularly. He is a former altar boy who describes himself as a "believing and practicing Catholic." More importantly, his strong personal faith informs his values and has guided him in a life of service. In speaking about his faith, he has often quoted the apostle James: "be doers of the word, and not merely earers . . . " Earlier this year, John Kerry elaborated, "The Scriptures say: 'It is not enough, my brother, to say you have faith, when there are no deeds.' We look at what is happening in America today and we say: Where are the deeds?“
The Sanctity of Life. John Kerry believes strongly in the sanctity of human life. He is personally opposed to abortion, and will work for a nation where abortion is safe, legal and as rare as possible. John Kerry and John Edwards will work together across our differences to provide the support to women and families needed to make abortion rare; including strong support for child and maternal health, adoption, and teen pregnancy prevention. Support for programs like these helped reduce abortions to their lowest level in 25 years under President Clinton. Belief in the sanctity of human life means committing ourselves to care more fully for the health and well being of women, children and their families -- investments in health care, childcare, and education are imperative.
Marriage. John Kerry firmly believes that marriage exists only between a man and a woman. He does not agree that there needs to be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to defend marriage. John Kerry will work to uphold the civil rights of all Americans, including gays and lesbians. As many have observed, Republicans have tried to twist John Kerry's position on this issue. In an interview, Sen. Richard Durbin said that Republicans are simply trying to "change the subject" of the election away from the war in Iraq and the economy.
Faith-Based Initiatives. John Kerry strongly supports churches and faith-based groups that partner with government to provide important and needed services to their communities. As President, John Kerry will invite churches and faith-based institutions to continue to play the role they have always played -- as leaders, teachers, and guides in our communities. A Kerry-Edwards administration will value the role of faith in inspiring countless acts of justice and mercy across our land by offering financial support for faith-based organizations, in a way that supports our Constitution and upholds civil rights.
So again we have the information that Kerry believes that abortion is wrong but will not do anything legistatively to change it. That marriage is only between a man and a women, but won't do anything legislatively to change it. Instead we have the Clinton statement about safe, legal, and rare abortions. That will certainly please the unborn that the abortion perfomed on them is safe and legal. So where exactly does "be doers of the word" come in?
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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.