Jewish Rabbis Join Catholic Official: Americans Should Vote Pro-Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2010   |   1:31PM   |   Brooklyn, NY

The Rabbinical Alliance of America, which represents more than 1,000 Jewish rabbis, has issued a pre-election statement saying it joins a top Catholic Church official in saying Americans must vote pro-life.

“There can be no middle ground when it comes to the Sacred Laws,” the Jewish teachers explained. “Respect for all human life is obligatory. Now go out and spread the word and vote accordingly.”
The collection of rabbis heaped great praise on Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Catholic official Pope Benedict recently named a cardinal and the pro-life religious leader who repeatedly made it clear that pro-abortion politicians should deny themselves communion until they reform their abortion views.
“As Rabbis we welcome with great enthusiasm and strongly endorse the inspiring and clear Pro-life, Pro-family message delivered by American Cardinal-designate, Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Catholic Church’s highest court,” they said in a statement received.
“In these crucial times in which we live, where many clerics tread with fear, Cardinal-designate Burke is to be commended and emulated as a voice of leadership. This moral teaching of the Catholic Church set forth in Burke’s interview with Thomas McKenna, is clearly found in the Torah and serves to give solid guidance to voters whether they are Christian, Jew or any man of faith,” the rabbinical leaders said.
They continued, “The Vatican Official got it right when he stated that a voter should keep in mind the Golden Rule. He said that a voter could be asked ‘Do you follow the Golden Rule… Do you consider it really fair to advance some interest you have, which may be a good interest… at the cost of denying to other members of society, and especially those who depend upon us completely for life itself, to deny them the right to life?'”
They went as far as calling the debate about voting and abortion within religious circles a “spiritual civil war.”
“We must implement this teaching now, in the closing hours of the 2010 election cycle. We hope in the ensuing two years to have many other denominations sign on to this prohibition,” they said.
They added that the “historic alliance” between Jewish and Catholic leaders on the importance of voting pro-life “is far more important than working together for tuition tax credits for our parochial schools.”
“Let no person think that this directive is merely an intellectual exercise. This is a call to action to uphold the natural and moral law with pro-active voting according to our religious values,” they concluded.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, added his own comments to the statement the group released and commented on the specifics of races in New York, where he lives.
Levin said it would be “forbidden, for example, to vote for either New York State Senator Schumer or candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo — both of whom support late term abortion and homosexual marriage — unless they renounce those positions immediately.”