Center for Moral Clarity

by R. Burge

The CMC sent out an email today with a headline about the pitfalls of health care reform. They write, “We are concerned with all aspects of the legislation, but our overriding concern is whether it would permit or require federal funding of abortion, or have the government authorize benefit plans that cover abortion, or both.” Additionally the CMC criticizes the Obama administration’s stance on stem cells, saying that scientific research should not destroy life.

The CMC is also concerned with the recent activity in Washington D.C. over the issue of gay marriage. 11 of 13 council members voted in favor of recognizing gay marriage in the District. It still needs to be approved by the Congress. The CMC believes that this recent activity is in violation of DOMA. They however laud the recent decision made in New York state to vote down a proposal that would allow for gay marriage.

The CMC is also in favor of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2009, which would bring the sentences for crack and powder cocaine into parity, while currently those who are convicted of dealing crack are subject to much harsher penalties.

The CMC endorses the Manhattan Declaration, saying that it “majors in the majors,” but wishes however that it included statements about reducing poverty.

Finally, the CMC is in support of the recent Supreme Court decision which did not allow the state of New York to use eminent domain powers to expand Columbia University.

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