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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hadley Arkes Thinks Kmiec Is Crazy For Supporting Obama

I've blogged before about "Catholic" law professor Doug Kmiec's irrational love for pro-abortion Barack Obama. Thankfully, Professor Hadley Arkes has an article wondering about "the certain madness" of Catholics supporting pro-infanticide Obama and calling Doug Kmiec to his "better judgment."

Here is Arkes refuting Kmiec's argument that Obama is open to reducing the number of abortions:
On the matter of reducing the number of abortions, imagine that there is a wondrous scheme for diverting women from choosing abortions: Let's suppose that, in counseling centers, we find that playing "You'd be So Nice to Come Home To" had the wondrous effect of stirring 90 per cent of the women not to abort their babies--especially if the music is accompanied by the offer of a DVD player. Surely it would be a boon to save those lives, but we should tremble at what the move reveals about the terms of principle on which we live our lives together. For what is left intact is the understanding, deeply absorbed by our people, that there is nothing less than a "right" to order the killing of an innocent human being for reasons that need not rise beyond convenience or whims, and with no felt need even to offer a justification. To offer this state of affairs as a gain is to celebrate a law that has the most pronounced effect in misshaping the souls of our people.

And the candidate who offers us this "concession": Why should we even trust him to seek a reduction in abortions when he could not possibly share with us any ground of principle to explain why these human lives command our respect and our obligation to protect them?
Arkes ends with this indictment of Kmiec:
Doug Kmiec and Cathy Kaveny share the vocation of teaching, but from either angle they would teach their fellow Catholics now that the central concern for the taking of innocent life is no longer, in the scale of things, that much more important than anything else. Even the most thoughtful among us may not always get things right, and at those times the office of friendship may be to call our friends to their better judgment.
Thank you, Professor Arkes, for telling it like it is.

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