Friday, August 26, 2016

When is Catholic radio not Catholic radio?


I love Catholic radio. 

Catholic Answers and ETWN Open Line were crucial in my reversion back to the faith, and I'll never cease thanking God for the impact Catholic radio had on my life.

That being said...

When elections come up, Catholic radio works hard to remind us to vote as Catholics. Typically, I appreciate their approach, but lately the push has made me increasingly uncomfortable. It has become less about principles and more about a blind allegiance toward the Republican party, and even worse, Donald Trump. 

It's kind of like: "Hillary would be terrible, and we have to defeat Hillary, even if that means electing someone at least equally as terrible (or possibly even worse)..." 

I realize people are going to say this isn't the case. 

Catholics in media, and on the radio specifically, painstakingly remind everyone that they are just pushing the principles of the faith and not actually supporting individual candidates or parties. 

But at some point, we all start to see through it. 

Just in the past week alone, I've listened to Catholic radio on my work commute supporting the building of a wall along the US/Mexico boarder, point out that an Atheist group gave Hillary Clinton an A grade and Donald Trump an F grade so that's proof enough who we should vote for, and push ever so gently toward a Nationalist point of view. 

While I understand people who vote based on a single issue, especially one as clearly terrible as abortion, I think this election presents a mirky situation. 

Sure, Hillary is a terrible choice if we hope to see the pro-life movement gain any ground over the next 4 years. But, have you met Donald? He praises Planned Parenthood and feels that women who seek out abortions should be punished. He wants to immediately deport people who have come to this country looking for a better life, which would inevitably break up families. He has zero desire to actually help people being persecuted in war torn countries. He asked why we don't use nuclear weapons more frequently. He flat out stated that he doesn't feel the need to ask God for forgiveness for anything in his life and he never has...and yet he says the Bible is his favorite book. 

I'll stop because I know how much digital ink has been spilled on this, but I just want to point out that the choice for Catholics isn't as clear as it may have been in the past, and it pains me to hear Catholic radio present it as such. 

5 comments:

  1. Yaaaaaasssssss!!! Yes yes yes. We can not claim a vote for him is a vote for life. It just is not that simple!

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  2. Yaaaaaasssssss!!! Yes yes yes. We can not claim a vote for him is a vote for life. It just is not that simple!

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  3. Yeah but it isn't just abortion. Hillary means war with Iran, and probably elsewhere too. In terms of body count, the choice between Hillary and Trump isn't even close. P.J. O'Rourke said, in his endorsement of Hillary, that she was bad within the normal parameters of badness, Trump is a whole new kind of bad. I reject that framing, since it's the interventionist consensus that has set a quarter of the world on fire. A vote for Hillary is a vote to continue that consensus. Maybe Trump doesn't want to "help people being persecuted in war torn countries," but it's enough in my mind that he doesn't want to kill more of them.

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  4. Have courage. Then vote for the person that you can picture yourself explaining to Saint Peter was the better bet for the unborn. THEY have no voice so the very least we can do is go to the polls and have the courage to pull the lever for the person running who says they will legislate to limit abortion. Pray for courage.

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  5. YES. I have struggled with this same exact thing. I love Catholic radio and listen to it almost every day, but I begin to find myself feeling squeamish and my blood feels like it's boiling because of this very issue. And I know we aren't alone because there are so, so many survey results coming out showing that Trump is losing ground with the "Catholic vote." Oh so murky.

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