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Ferlo's sleight of hand

| Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

State Sen. Jim Ferlo's letter “Dems, GOP both harming U.S.” (July 7) attempts the progressive sleight of hand, promoting liberal causes célèbres while at the same time denouncing the “erosion of our rights.”

What is the sleight of hand?

Ferlo is bound to progressivism, and nothing is more important than progressivism. The telltale sign is his statement about the “fight for freedom of religion and of ‘non-religion.'” While the Founding Fathers did not endorse a particular religion, they did endorse the notion of God in a Judeo-Christian sense. As such, rights come from Providence, and the concomitant responsibilities associated with those rights come from God as well, all bound together in the natural law.

Some people falsely believe natural law is “a Catholic thing,” but many non-Catholics — even non-Christians — believe in the natural law.

Look no further than ancient Hellenistic philosophy. The majority of Founders were not Catholic, yet they believed in natural law. Progressivism, as seen in both Democrat and Republican parties, has wrested the origin of rights and responsibilities away from Providence so that they now emanate from government.

Ferlo's argument for the availability of abortion and “spend(ing) less time thinking about sexual acts between consenting adults” places him squarely on the progressive side of the Democratic Party.

If Ferlo were in Congress, he would squarely support abortion, same-sex marriage and stomping with the big foot of the federal government upon our rights given to us by Providence.

Sen. Ferlo, stop the charade.

The Rev. James


West Deer

The writer is the administrator of the Transfiguration Parish in Russellton.

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