When the bad rabbi gives Lieberman permission to endorse abortion, he's doing a disservice to Lieberman and to Judaism. Spiritually, Lieberman has to make the difficult choice between re-election and religion, if that is indeed the choice.
These Catholic Democrats can't expect to get off the hook, either. Their real complaint isn't that Catholic haters will hate them. It's that they want their communion, no matter what they do. It's that they can't win their Catholic votes without communion. They want to avoid making a decision.
Imagine a world in which organized religion didn't force a decision between the godly and the popular. That's the dream world of the liberals. In truth, it's religion and religion only that keeps the American public in favor of traditional values for the long haul.
The Pew Research Center for People and Press highlighted this in a November 2003 poll: While 51 percent of Americans disapproved of gay marriage, 80 percent of those with a high religious commitment opposed gay marriage. ABC News conducted a poll on abortion which found that of those who oppose abortion, 50 percent cite religious beliefs as justification; those in favor of abortion cite religion less than 10 percent of the time.
Without a set of beliefs that guide behavior, religion means nothing. These Catholic politicians are essentially asking that the Church debase itself so that they can get re-elected on a platform contradictory to Catholicism. They are asking the Church to discard its right of free speech and to subvert its own values for sake of personal political gain. This makes me wonder: Do these Democrats care about religion at all, or is that just another political weapon in their arsenal? If so, it's about time the Church disarmed them.