Letter to the Editor: Another Reader Questions Honor to Gov. Barnes
Published: September 6, 2007
To the Editor:
I was appalled to read in The Georgia Bulletin (Aug. 23 edition) that the pro-abortion former Gov. Roy Barnes has been selected by the St. Thomas More Society as one of its honorees at the reception following the Red Mass on Sept. 27. According to the Bulletin article, Barnes is being honored “for his leadership in removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag.”
The design of the state flag is not a moral issue, and Catholics are entitled to their own opinions on the matter. However, no Catholic can in any way support the killing of the unborn.
It is an outrage for a Catholic organization to honor a man such as Roy Barnes. When he was a member of the Georgia Senate, Barnes voted pro-life. However, he abandoned that position when he ran for governor and actively opposed pro-life legislation. It would be hard to imagine a person less deserving of honor by a society named for a saint who gave his life rather than betray his beliefs. I hope that the Society will ensure that any future honorees are people whose public actions are in accord with Catholic teaching.
Nora Sullivan, Atlanta