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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
The new Democratic president of the USA has already taken the below actions which each over-turn the previous Republican administration’s policies. Taken together they show, from the Catholic point of view, the strangely divided nature of American politics:
The President has:

• Signed an order which will forbid American use of ‘water-boarding’ torture.
• Indicated a more dialogical and humble approach in dealing with Islamic states and populace – who can, perhaps justifiably, often feel patronized by the West.
• Signed an order to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year and bring the detention of potential enemies more transparently under international conventions, which Christian-inspired understandings try to defend against abusive treatment of individuals.
• Required senior White House staff to take a pay freeze.
• Signed an Executive Order that will free millions of dollars for abortions overseas.
• Announced that he to start giving hundreds of millions of US money to the UN Population Fund, the work of which includes supporting & actively enabling abortion around the world.
• Appointed a UN Ambassador who has pledged that his administration will ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The CEDAW committee has now powerfully pressurized 93 counties to make abortion legal.

N.B. It is not at all easy at this stage, if ever, to state with conviction whether the new American administration will prove to be better or worse than the previous one. But it is worth remembering that the Catholic Church teaches that a plan to make things “better” undermines itself if that plan necessarily involves making things worse for a certain class of humans- such as unborn babies or torture victims.

The very meaning of human “goodness”, “happiness” and “fulfilment” are undermined if certain humans are excluded by man from plans to create goodness, to find happiness and to bring (some) people to fulfilment. Such exclusion happens completely when directly killing an unborn baby and partially when unjustly imprisoning someone, and/or torturing them.
(cf. “Imagine the potential” video on YouTube)

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:12 am