The Lesser of Two Evils

How should someone concerned about the morality of abortion AND (pre-emptive) war vote today?  Is there a moral choice available?  Does one candidate represent the ‘lesser of two evils’?

The Political Enquirer has an intriguing post this election day on the subject of ethical voting.  What begins with a typical-sounding scenario from a basic ethics class quickly adds a dash of Augustinian thinking and ends with the a thought-provoking conclusion that:

There is no ethically relevant different [sic] between this [classroom ethics] case and the case of choosing between a rabid pro-abortion candidate, and a rabid pro-war candidate.

So, if he’s correct, it appears that the Christian is left with only two options:

  1. Vote for a third-party candidate
  2. Abstain from voting altogether

Are these the only ethically acceptable options for the Christian in this election?  What about anyone else concerned with the morality of abortion and war?  What do you think?

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