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A CONSISTENT ETHIC OF LIFE IN PUBLIC
consistent ethic of life (see
here) focuses on the major life issues of abortion,
fetal plundering, euthanasia, persistent
poverty, unjust war, capital
punishment, the use of nuclear arms, violence,
exploitation. While these are nationally debated issues, there
are community manifestations of them that municipalities
Will you as a county councilor/commissioner do all in your power and
authority to implement public policies and
facilitate community action that further a consistent respect
for all human life?
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
2. The US Supreme Court
in its 2003 ruling
United States v. American Library Association, Inc,
upheld the use of library internet pornography filters. Chief Justice Rehnquist
stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional
missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to
provide to their patrons. Although they seek to provide a wide array of
information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most
libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they
deem it inappropriate for inclusion." In 2010,
the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of
internet filters does not violate the state constitution.
Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or
request (depending on your level of authority) only library board
candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public
libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?
3. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State
in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is considered dangerous by many, including
the FDA and
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In
Washington State's Attorney General concluded that the initiative
does not prevent counties and municipalities from banning recreational
2014 Washougal community poll (pg. 14) found opposition/support of
marijuana in-town sales at 58/42 percent. Citizens
against Marijuana Legalization (CALM) states "The normalization,
expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities
are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of
our society." The Alaska Association of Police Chief
describe the negative aspects of legalizing the drug. For
additional dangers see
here. Given the AG's finding, will you as a city
councilor/mayor vote to prohibit the sale of marijuana in your
and restrict the sale of drug related paraphernalia near schools and
proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.
What do you believe? Does a unique human life begins at conception?
If not at conception, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6
mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1 yr ___ 18 yrs?
5. The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of personhood is
established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to
life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." The
Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the difficult
question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines
of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the
judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a
position to speculate as to the answer."
believe that the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th
Is taking the life of a pre-born child
abortion ever permissible? Check all that apply:
_____ No, it's never permissible
_____ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
for economic hardship
_____ Yes, for physical
_____ Yes, for genetic
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
7. Do you support
parental notification and/or consent before a minor (under 18 years of
age) could have an abortion? A judicial bypass of parents would be allowed when necessary.
A 2013 poll commissioned by Human Life WA, found Washington
State voters are widely supportive of laws requiring "parental involvement"
in abortion decisions for girls under the age of 18 (62-29% with just under
Read a summary of the results here. Do you support:
8. The nation's biggest abortion
provider, Planned Parenthood,
in the 2013-2014 fiscal year received $528
million in government funding and aborted 327,653 babies. Should Planned Parenthood be contracted with to make community
presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or
devises, and/or abortion services?
9. The hotly debated casino off I-5 near Ridgefield would be one of the largest in the nation.
What is your position on the building of this casino?
CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS
10. "Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil
institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race,
class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural
understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is
needed most" (World Conference of Religions for Peace). Southwest
Washington has a broad range of religious communities that contribute
substantially to the welfare of families, children, seniors, the homeless, sick,
and refugees. They are a highly valued part of our community which respects
and defends human life at every stage. Are you an active member
in a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other religious assembly?
If so, you may state here where at:
FAITH-BASED AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS
White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
ensures that religious and other community organizations are able to compete
on an equal footing for participation in Federal programs without impairing
the character of such organizations and without diminishing the religious
freedom of those served. Is the
collaboration of government with
faith-based charitable works good for our communities?
12. CIVIC PRAYER
US Supreme Court
Greece v. Galloway, all nine justices (following
affirmed the acceptability of having an invocation at the beginning of
public meetings. Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy stated:
"Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was
founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own
existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of
government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic
affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in
a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other
beliefs. The prayer in this case has a permissible ceremonial purpose.
It is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion." What is
your position on your county councilors/commissioners instituting or continuing a prayer at
the start of the meeting?
13. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education
and other qualifications for a councilor/commissioner position.
14. You may state here any policy positions you
have in relation to the office you are seeking:
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