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Letter: A voter's guide for the faithful

Many parish churches display a pamphlet called the "Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics," which lists five non-negotiable issues: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual marriage.

I'm wary of this list because the Catholic Church has a long history of being on the wrong side of moral issues: Galileo, Inquisition, witchcraft, killing heretics at the stake, slavery, civil rights, women's rights.

Given that history, I say toss the manmade list. Instead, voters should rely on God's gift to us all: our critical-thinking brain.

Wouldn't Jesus want us to support: healthcare for all; ending the war in Iraq; science so that we may lessen the suffering from horrible diseases and illnesses; helping the poor; protecting the environment; providing medical care to the 30,000 children who will die every day from preventable causes.

Although the Bible says nothing explicitly on stem cell research, it says a lot about "the rich"(it's easier for a camel to fit through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom).

Thus, is it Godly to vote for a candidate whose policies favor the rich and forget the poor? If more guidance is needed, turn to the bible, in particular the Sermon on the Mount.

Faithful voters should ask themselves, which candidate will more likely protect the poor, feed the hungry, and encourage the peacemakers? Vote accordingly.

Victor Myers