Wednesday, October 27, 2004
For some messed up reason I feel a bit ashamed about my decision to abstain from voting in the presidential election this year, so much so that I've been reluctant to mention it here (in part, lest someone should follow my example against his or her conscience, or lest someone who's really just too lazy to go vote should feel justified). But when it comes right down to it, I cannot in good conscience vote for either of the leading presidential candidates, much less any of the third party alternatives. So I have decided to abstain from voting for president - again.
Today I was somewhat encouraged by the fact that I'm not alone in my decision. Thanks to a post on Touchstone's Mere Comments blog, I learned that both Catholic philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre (Notre Dame) and Evangelical historian of Christian thought Mark Noll (Wheaton) have made the same decision.
In any case, I'm not proud of my decision, but I'm glad I'm not alone. Mark another down as, "conscientious abstainer."
Addendum: If you would like to see what others are saying in support of / in opposition to the decision to abstain, I just saw this conversation on Jon Barlow's blog.
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