We've all dealt with those who have taken on the slogan "#nevertrump". They are those who are so taken aback by Trump's personality (I suppose this is preferable?) and media hype, that they rail constantly against him. They have planned to squander their vote by either voting for some third-party candidate or not voting at all. I hear them rail incessantly about Trump's faults while uttering nary a peep about Hillary's outright evils. They have allowed themselves to be deceived (and in some cases, engaged in self-deception) into believing that there is essentially no difference between the two: all along ignoring facts that stare them in the face. Now this error of false equivalency has taken a sad yet foreseeable turn for the worse.
An individual, once well-known as a leader in the pro-life community, announced on facebook (and maybe other venues) that he intends to vote for Hillary. He's involved in some "social justice" issues along the "seamless garment" bent, and Hillary's positions on those do jive with his. If he believes along the lines of the #nevertrump folks that there is no essential difference on life issues between Trump and Hillary, then I for one can see how he'd succumb to the temptation to evaluate things through those "seamless garment" topics that are geared towards seduction into the culture of death. For now, I won't identify him. For the sake of this post, I'll call him A.
I discovered this during a discussion on the facebook wall of another pro-life leader. Again, I won't identify (for now) but will call this one B. When I stated that those who vote for Hillary risk their immortal souls, B rebuked me, stating that A and his family simply came to "different conclusions" and that their decision to vote for the most pro-abortion candidate in this race posed no danger to their salvation because they were "sincere".
Needless to say, I and others felt like we had stepped into the Twilight Zone. One the one hand, we have former pro-life leader A announcing his intention to vote for Hillary. On the other hand, current pro-life leader B is so muddled in his own thinking that he won't listen to the words of pro-life priests (here, here) and just common sense regarding the evil (not just inadvisability) of voting for Hillary.
Again, I believe that the erroneous mindset of A is one that logically follows from the somewhat lesser erroneous mindset of the #nevertrump crowd. I understand that at least most of the #nevertrump crowd isn't voting for Hillary; that's a plus. However, now we'll need one more vote to offset the vote of A.
I post now a talk given by a Catholic priest. I find his analogies to be quite helpful. Please pay close attention to the quote from Pope Pius XII towards the end. The late pontiff makes very clear that a vote for an evil candidate is sinful, "sincerity" notwithstanding.
UPDATE - My friend and CMC colleague at Les Femmes put up her own piece regarding the muddled thinking of some pro-lifers as evinced by A and (to a lesser extent) B.
Cardinal Mueller's Interview is not helpful.
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