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k 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana Red Mass / Guest Speaker VOLUME 26 NUMBER 34 April 26, 1996 Letter to / th e President IIII eSv rv  cN'lw n ditor Keyes to address pro-life supporters :Speaks with con- His phrases Lemorable His ideas m order. should has a nt af- He served ;an years as United Na- lc and Social r, as Assistant for Interna. He ran frora Mary- 992, and d for the nOmination an author, DW raand of the riot be unex- ng is raised and edu- in belief in *me from only View, he view, :he guest :rburgh s beliefs with ALAN KEYES and God is the source, Keyes observes. Everything else flows from that central idea, which he is convinced is a truth which transcends religious dif- ferences. At times, Keyes repeats the quotation from Abraham Lin- coln which he used at the 1992 Republican National Conven- tion: "We do not have the right to do what is wrong." Keyes uses that phrase to describe his viewpoint about abortion. "Abortion puts.a woman in place of God," he also says. Keyes calls it a crisis for the United States, this-"abandon- ment of basic belief." What has been lost, he says, is "the belief that basic rights come from God." From that loss of belief come family collapse, crime, vio- lence, sexual misbehavior which leads to disease -- all of Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettlefinger eBlffe Rev. Felix Preske, Administrator of Ssed Sacrament Church, Oakland City, i 'Ctive Wednesciay, May 1. Deacon Robert A Hayden, resignation from position as Pastoral Life Co- Blessed Sacrament Church, Oak- City. You think this action is morally :ndepen. human Ual and rights, arital sex. Diocese Statewide 50% 49% 27% 27c 15% 13% 07% 10 01% 01% right , SUre SOMetimes wrong which are very corrosive for so- ciety. Most political leaders take the approach that money and jobs are more important, he said, but "that's just phony garbage, that's just not true, and I hope that people will begin to see through it." Society's "failure to confrgnt the moral crisis" is what is "de- stroying the fabric of freedom." "Freedom itself is the right to make choices, but we are defining it and understanding it as licentiousness instead of discipline," he said. If we make human choice the arbiter of human dignity, he said, we are on the path to destruction. That is what we are witnessing in a society which chooses abortion and eu- thanasia. Keyes sees the moral crisis placed out in the sexual realm. "We adopt a view of human na- ture that excuses our human indulgences and passions," he complains. That view leads to accepting homosexual acts and every kind of sexual activity as if it were something beyond our control. Such a lack of accountability has tragic consequences, he says. If people can't or won't control themselves, then -- for the sake of order and peace in society -- someone has to con- trol them. If control is not in- ternal, then external force and coercion are required for the good of society. He finds evidence of the re- liance on external law in the codes drawn up on some col- lege campuses, trying to regu- late legal and acceptable acts between two people in a dating relationship. Such dating codes destroy the real basis of volun- tary association, he says. Keyes finds the lack of re- sponsibility to be accepted in other areas, too. He cites theo- ries of modern psychology that persons don*t have a moral will, whose actions are the re- sults of forces beyond their control. "If there is no such thing as consent, than there is no such thing as real choice, and we are not capable of being free," Keyes says. The concept of humanity which allows us to indulge our passions is a concept that ulti- mately destroys us, he con- cludes. "Order in the end has to be born out of an internal moral capacity and not on external law," he says. Loss of discipline leads to loss of personal accountability to another, and that leads to a view that marriage is not Im- portant and all actions are jus- tified. If all actions are justi- fied, the result is acceptance of criminality and violence, and people finally become inca- pable of any kind of decent be- havior. What can someone in south- western Keyes re- jects the suggestion that "peo- ple here are not at the seat of national power." "I think in a way they are, though, at the seat of power," he responds. "This is supposed to be the government of the people, by the people and for the people. "Self government begins with the ability t' govern their own passions," he continues. "It is the erosion of these ca- pacities that leads to the bleak process of encroaching govern- ment controls." The first thing we have to do is to recognize the problem, he says. We have to recognize that we have a real moral problem. Although Keyes finds the push toward materialism among the elite and the media, he still finds hope. "In the real- ity of people's lives, there has not been this abandonment. People still grow up, get mar- ried, raise a family, are basi- cally honest, still know the dif- ference between right and wrong," he says. Good people, however, "no longer feel confident that they can transfer those beliefs into public law and policy," he says. "I think we need to overcome that timidity and take hold of the responsibility," Keyes says. He gives examples: When a school district pro- poses to teach homosexual be- havior, people should be will- ing to stand up. When schools use tax money to teach values contrary to those of the taxpayers, people should be willing to stand up. When government, which is supposed to be "of the people, by the people and for the peo- ple, " uses tax money to de- stroy basic moral principles, people should "wake up and re- claim the truth." He returns to the matter ot abortion, which he finds morally wrong from a reli,fious and an.American point of view. He is convinced that "lifb be- gins at conception, but that's not physical conception," he says. He quotes from Jeremiah 1:5, where God says "Belbre [ formed you in the womb I knew you." Keyes concludes that "We begin as a concept thoroughly known to the Almighty," and abortion is "basically a blow against God's plan, against his will." Abortion, euthanasia and "all forms of life taking" sug- gest that human choice is the deciding factor, not God's plan. If as Americans, though, we hold as a basic truth that all men are created equal, Keyes also concludes, then abortion contradicts that principle. Keyes maintains that sui- cide is wrong, and ponders the possibility of abortion to save a woman's life. He concludes that "the state can't say you have to kill yourself, but con- scientious efforts have to be made to save both lives." Keyes acknowledges that he has no practical chance to Win the GOP presidential nomina- tion, but says he has not with- drawn his candidacy. Tickets to hear Keyes speak are available for $10, at Roberts Stadium Evansville, Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Banquet tickets are sold out.