“A Catholic Presidency or How Faith Will Guide Joe Biden”
Ladies and gentlemen and you of all faiths, opinions and ideas. I will now proceed to comment and analyze an article in the Feb. 2021 issue of America magazine authored by Congressman Tom Suozzi entitled: “A Catholic Presidency or How Faith Will Guide Joe Biden.” The article speaks of Mr. Biden’s profound religious faith and belief and that he will focus on the issue of Covid-19 and turn his attention to economic recovery, racial equity, climate change, the rights of workers, health care, strengthen unions, create jobs, and ensure that workers receive pay benefits and the protection they deserve. Mr. Biden says he will address racial disparities, from health to policing, and advance economic equality, housing, education, and a fairer criminal justice system. These are all laudable Catholic if not Christian goals of a fairer and more just society and would advance the laudable Christian and Catholic goal of social justice for all elements and groups in our society.
Yet the congressman ignores and fails to comment on other elements of President Biden’s policies that are in gross defiance of the Catholic faith and Christian belief. President Biden has vowed the passing of the so-called Equality Act that will establish new federally protected categories of sexual orientation and gender orientation where male-bodied trans women would have rights to women’s areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, shelters and sports leagues, and employers would be forced to provide health care insurance coverage for hormone treatment and/or sex reassignment surgery; parents would be federally banned from seeking counseling for their children struggling with same-sex attraction or gender confusion.
Let me make clear that I have no hostility or prejudice against those of same-sex attraction or have gender issues. They have a right to be who they are in the civil society and should not be discriminated against or targeted on that basis. On the other hand, for the Christian who adheres to God’s plan for creation as we know it and views heterosexual marriage as the only relationship commanded by God, we find these policies unacceptable and they are in conflict with our religious beliefs.
Second, the President now pledges to codify Roe v. Wade and to restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood. He is in the process by executive orders of ending the anti-abortion orders of President Trump.
These policies on abortion and on LGBTQ run counter to many of the Bible’s fundamental doctrines about who God is and who man is. In fact, transactivists and those who embrace their agenda are forcing female athletes to compete against biological males in women’s sports and are forcing female prisoners to share showers with males, claiming they are women and forcing women to give up the privacy and safety of sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms and dorm rooms.
Ladies and gentlemen: I have to say those who in their lives make these choices, whether to have an abortion and believe in sexual orientation and gender identity as a legal right, I have no legal issue to take with them. I simply say for those who have the Catholic and Christian faith, these options are unacceptable and as a Catholic, the President must know that as a Catholic, to embrace these positions is not in line with Catholic belief. I say to Rep. Suozzi that in light of what I know and believe to be the true Catholic faith, I suggest that Rep. Suozzi rethink his position that President Biden is a president of the Catholic faith or even represents Catholicism.
Finally, I note that President Biden is rightly, as a Catholic and Christian, concerned with racial justice but has little to say or comment on the abortion industry’s or Planned Parenthood’s disproportionate targeting of the black communities or African American women.