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“Let your political light shine” (speech: The Yakima Diocesan Council of Catholic Women)

Spring Institute
The Yakima Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
April 21, 1979

I. Introduction

A. Ben Franklin
“He who shall introduce into public affairs the principle of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.”

B. Encourage you to “introduce……primitive Christianity into our society.”
Let your political life shine.

C. Personal introduction into politics with a religious motivation.

1) Phoenix
*Nancy Roach
*Rosemary Meyer

II. Encouragement to “let your political light shine”

A. Right to do so
1) Constitution – first amendment, bill of rights

B. Obligation to do so
1. Judeo-Christian beginning of country
2. History and tradition of Roman Catholic in ethics and morals.

III. Dispel two erroneous notions

A. You have no legitimate right to speak to an issue because you speak from a particular religious view point.

1. Pluralistic society

2. Humanism = religion (The U.S. Supreme Court cited secular humanism as a religion in the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins and in Welsh v. United States (1970) the SC held that a man could claim conscientious objector status based on the “depth and fervency” of his beliefs, even if they were not religious in character.)

3. Others would be precluded from speaking:

*Jews of Israel
*Blacks for equal right in housing, etc.
*Women for equal pay, etc.

B. Roman Catholics should not organize themselves into political action groups

1. Augustinian dualism between “city of God and “city of man.’
2. Lutheran theology – Third Reich
3. In Democracy, someone will organize themselves to press for their beliefs

IV. All civil laws embody a particular religious/moral notion:

A. Moral notions come from Creator, not from evolutionary ladder

1. Marquis de Sade
2. Sartre/Camus

B. Examples:

1. Prohibition
2. Civil right legislation
3. Equal rights amendment

V. How to effectively organize
*Principle of co-belligerency

VI. Organizing really works
*Letter from Alex Deccio

VII. Conclusion
*Let your political light shine, especially because of Judeao-Christian motivation.

1. King Solomon told the Jews (and Christians) 3000 years ago
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act” (Prov. 3:27)

2. St. Paul told the Christian church at Galatia 200years ago:
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”

We have the “power” and “opportunity” to join together to effectively press for our concerns in this democracy. I urge you not to let your concern be trampled under by default.


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