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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Friday, May 14, 2004

Fr. Rob on Politicians and Abortion

Thrown Back has yet more discussion of abortion and Catholic politicians. He makes a number of points that echo my own thoughts. Here's a bit:

We all, in fact, recognize that "representing" the desires of his or her constituents is not the be-all and end-all of the legislator's responsibility. In fact, if we look at our own history, we can see instances in the not-too-distant past where politicians perpetrated monstrous injustices in the name of representing their constituents. Many Southern states enacted "Jim Crow" laws relegating African Americans to second-class citizen status. They no doubt did so with the support and at the behest of their constituents. In the late 19th century, the State of California enacted "Coolie" laws which placed Chinese immigrants under every manner of discriminatory burden. Those laws were wildly popular with the electorate. Now we look back at such measures with shame and disgust, and rightly so. The fact that the Jim Crow and Coolie laws were enacted by legislators representing the will of the people does not morally justify them.

Read the whole post, he's methodical and eloquent.


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