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'Ten Commandments' for voters issued by Church

April 13, 2007 8:19am
With just a month to go before election day on May 14, the Catholic Church reminded its flock of the "Ten Commandments" that should guide their vote.

The Archdiocese of Manila posted the "Ten Commandments for Pro-Life and Family Voters," a set of guidelines in choosing candidates who abide by the Church's stand on various issues.

"You shall not take your vote in vain. You shall not sell it for a price or for money. You shall not vote without scrutinizing the candidate's track record both in public and private life," it exhorted.

The Archdiocese posted the "commandments" on its website (www.rcam.org) Thursday night.

Also, the "Ten Commandments" urged the faithful to promote and defend life conception up to natural death, rejecting "false values" that degrade the dignity of life.

As well, it urged voters to reject not only candidates who cheat and steal, but also those favoring divorce, mercy killing, and so-called safe sex.

The Ten Commandments follow:

1. Promote and defend Life conception up to natural death. You shall not have false values that degrade the dignity of life and the welfare of the family, the basic unit of society.

2. You shall not compromise your pro-life and pro-family principles in your dialogue with and in selecting candidates. You shall not bow down to immoral, corrupt and inept candidates and vote them to office. Our life, our family and our country are too precious to be entrusted to such people.

3. You shall not take your vote in vain. You shall not sell it for a price or for money. You shall not vote without scrutinizing the candidate's track record both in public and private life.

4. You shall not vote for candidates that are in favor of legalizing absolute divorce and are themselves not faithful to their own marriage and family.

5. You shall not vote for candidates that are for legalization of euthanasia or mercy killing and are not caring for the older persons and the sick.

6. You shall not vote for candidates that are for legalization of abortion and any form of abortifacients. You shall not vote for candidates that advocate for reproductive rights and support contraceptive use and sterilization as a means for population control.

7. You shall not vote for candidates that promote sex education that is focused on contraceptive use and emphasize "safe sex' rather than moral values and developing virtues.

8. You shall not vote for candidates that advocate same-sex unions and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the guise of anti-discrimination.

9. You shall not vote candidates that sell our country's future to foreign and elite interest, concerned with their vested interest to the destruction of our environment and natural resources, and disregard the plight of the poor.

10. You shall not vote for candidates that are corrupt, steal from the government, that are insensitive to our people's demand and opinion; that are undemocratic, unjust and unpatriotic in their governance and programs. True development is the upliftment of the lives of the least of our brethren and the enjoyment of justice, freedom and peace. - GMANews.TV
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