'John Kerry Shares Our Values,' Dems Tell Catholic Voters

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - In a "dear friend" email to the Catholic community, the Democratic National Committee tells readers that "John Kerry and John Edwards are inspired by their own religious traditions and share your values of faith, family, and community."

The DNC launched a new website last week describing the "core values that inspire John Kerry's vision and plan for America."

The email, sent Tuesday, says visitors to the "kerrysharesyourvalues" website will learn how to "spread the important message that John Kerry shares your values."

Spreading the word includes writing a letter to the editor in a local newspaper; or printing and distributing a DNC "Kerry/Bush values comparison chart."

The chart contrasts Kerry's values and plan with President Bush's "dismal record" on families, jobs, children, the poor, the hungry, the sick, the environment, the email says.

The email is signed by Alexia Kelley, the director of religious outreach for the Democratic National Committee.

The email apparently comes in response to a new voter guide for "serious Catholics," which tells Catholics "it is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote" abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual "marriage."

Those topics are described as the "five non-negotiable issues" for Catholics.

Catholic Answers, the group that prepared the voter guide, also has run full-page advertisements publicizing the guide -- and urging Catholics not to vote for candidates simply because they "declare themselves to be Catholic." Sen. Kerry is Catholic.

The Catholic voter guide does not mention either presidential candidate by name, but it clearly targets politicians who take a stand contrary to Church teachings, as Sen. Kerry has.

Kerry supports a woman's right to abortion; advocates embryonic stem cell research; and while he opposes same-sex marriage, he also opposes a constitutional amendment that would forbid such marriages.

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