My 8 year old expressed his preference for President very clearly yesterday when he brought home the social studies project below. He’s got his mind made up, but I suspect he thinks Sen. Obama is just way cooler than some old guy (and maybe ’cause he’s been listening to my husband bash “scumbag Republicans”). It was a good opportunity to remind him there is still one issue Orthodox Christians cannot and never will agree with Obama about – abortion.
A tough topic to discuss with a child, but I’ve tried to teach him in a basic way what elective abortion is, why it’s wrong and what the Orthodox Church believes and teaches – simply that unborn babies are children of God from the moment of conception and we don’t kill God’s children. He tried to give me some “but”, “but” arguments about how Sen. Obama isn’t going to actually be doing that to anyone, what ever that means in an 8 year old’s point of view (which actually sounds a lot like the reasoning some democrats use too). I had to leave it at “abortion, is murder and it’s wrong for someone, even Sen. Obama, to believe it’s ok”.
Abortion is the big stumbling block for conservative, pro-life Democrats. Whether Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, Protestants or any pro-life faith group, every four years we’re left in this quandary about our faith, values, and what it means to vote in an election that doesn’t give us any options. Do you vote for the lesser of two evils? Do you vote for what is to your mind a candidate who is an out-of-touch war monger but is pro-life? Or do you vote for the candidate who seems to be saying some of the things that resonate with you except for this one big issue that he may or may not really get a chance to mess with much before his term(s) is up? In the case of my home state, Texas, I don’t think whichever candidate I vote for is going to make any difference to the state outcome. Do I vote then on a single issue for a candidate I doubt I’d support on anything else he’d ever do during his entire presidency?
Aaargh – I hate election years.