In the Church parking lot, on the way out of the Mass for the Feast of All Souls, I was handed this flyer:
As everyone who follows my writing knows, it is crystal clear to me that voting for Obama in this election is manifestly wrong. And with all the bishops speaking out on the issue it is becoming increasingly inexcusable.
However, even if we set aside disagreements over whether or not there is a proportionate reason to vote for John McCain, it is very clear that to vote for him could only even in theory be licit as a move intended to limit evil. McCain's unwavering support for embryonic stem cell research performed on 'leftover' embryos - a particularly insidious form of abortion - is well known, and has recently been reiterated in McCain campaign advertisements and statements by the candidate.
In addition, once Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race, the organization Republicans for Choice approved of McCain as their next most favored candidate:
We are a pro-choice group and we only ENDORSE pro-choice Republicans running for any office. In fact, in 1992 Ross Perot tried 3 times to get us to endorse him. We pointed out that we could have if he had still been a registered Republican but he was no longer -- so no endorsement.Republicans for Choice also praises the McCain campaign for working to get "big tent" language into the Republican platform, against the wishes of more pro-life delegates:
Our language below on McCain is not intended as an endorsement. We simply stated the facts that John McCain was the second choice, after Giuliani, of our membership.
We do support Rudy Giuliani's contention that given the folks left in the race after Rudy's withdrawal, McCain would be the best one for the Republican nomination.
McCain is someone we think we may be able to work with.
This is the first time any GOP Presidential campaign has worked with the pro-choice elements with whom they disagree to try and broaden the Party's position on abortion. The McCain campaign did not control enough votes on the committee to stop them from stripping this historic language out of the Platform. But this is a step forward.I could go on.
Platform Chair, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, did succeed in keeping some diversity and agree to disagree language elsewhere in the final draft to try and make Pro-Choice Republicans feel welcome in a Party with whom they have fundamental disagreements on how they view women's rights on this most personal and private decision.
But you would never know any of that to read the campaign literature being handed out by well-meaning Republican pro-lifers in the parking lot after Mass. The objective fact that McCain is at best a lesser evil being used tactically in order to block a greater evil is very, very well hidden. As a result it is quite clear that the literature being passed out by pro-lifers after Mass - however good their ultimate intentions - is simply not to be trusted.
How is that for an evil consequence of McCain advocacy?