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By Jennifer Hartline, a senior contributor, The Stream, October 6, 2020

Jennifer Hartline is a senior contributor to The Stream. You can follow her at @jenniehartline.

Catholics trying to make a “Catholic case” for Joe Biden is irrational. It makes as much sense as a case for a pacifist assassin or a meat-loving vegan, except it’s worse because it reduces the Christian faith to social causes and platitudes.

In Our Sunday VisitorSam Rocha recently wrote an editorial attempting to make a “Catholic case for Joe Biden.” Rocha bases his argument on two principles: social realism and minimal reason. Social realism involves recognizing that we have only two realistic options for this election. We may desire better options and wish to choose a write-in or third-party candidate or abstain from voting, “but these reflect an individualistic rather than social option, because they are ultimately forms of self-expression, not public participation. Social realism, then, asserts that there are only two real and social options: President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden.”  …

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