GOP MANTRA: 'IT'S DIFFERENT WHEN WE DO IT'
Many Catholics who support the President disagree with his position on the legal status of abortion. Nevertheless, there is dismay by the strident and partisan rhetoric used selectively to attack Catholic supporters of the President. We are told that we cannot support "the most pro-abortion president ever" and that those who are pro-choice are not just wrong on policy but evil people, knowingly participating in murder.
Yet, the other day, Rep. Michelle Bachmann compared herself to Margaret Thatcher saying she would be a leader like her. Margaret Thatcher clearly was "the most pro-abortion Prime Minister ever." We Catholics are damned for our support for the President, but a pass is given to those who would support Thatcher.
And Sunday, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor once again trotted out his wife as an example that he is understanding, non-judgmental, loving and respectful of people who are pro-choice such as she is (the same could be said of Newt Gingrich's daughter, a GOP abortion rights activist).
Those who try to protect the unborn, be it civil protections or reduction of toxins like mercury which cause spontaneous abortions, do good work. But using a double standard where slurs are thrown against the President, while a different standard is used for Bachmann, Cantor and Gingrich, just give witness to the fact they are really not so much about pro-life, but just have a sinful and unChristian hatred of Barack Obama.