Disgusting and Inexcusable for a Presidential Candidate

Newt stokes the “Obama as Muslim” meme:

“[I]t is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they’re killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to life Protestant organization in this country.  I just think it’s a very strange value system.

Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he is a Muslim]?  You have to ask, why would they believe that?”  Emphasis added.

They believe that, Newt, because of jerks like you irresponsibly stirring the pot.


Blunt Amendment Defeated

The Blunt Amendment, which would allow an employer to deny health coverage for anything based on religious or moral objections, was defeated in the Senate, 51 to 48.

Thank you to Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine for voting against it.

Thumbs down to Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for voting for it, as did Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

You’re going to be sorry, Scott Brown.

President Obama’s compromise on contraception took care of the Catholic Church’s objections.  It actually made things much easier for the Church than existing law in many states, which the Church lives with.

This issue now has nothing to do with freedom of religion and everything to do with politics.  Knock yourself out, GOP, it’s ultimately a loser for you.

Mitt’s Latest Flip Flop Sets Record

Mitt Romney may enjoy firing people, but he doesn’t seem to be doing enough of it.  His campaign staff keeps letting him down badly, as we saw when they had him address about 1,200 people in a 65,000 seat stadium.  Campaign events are supposed to be standing room only, you get a smaller venue than what you really need.

With the Blunt Amendment coming up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, they should have known he would be asked about it and provided him with a response.  He was totally unprepared, first saying that he opposed it, and then reversing his position in less than an hour.

This amendment, which will lose, goes beyond letting an employer like the Catholic Church refuse to provide contraceptive coverage.  It says an employer can refuse to provide coverage for any medical service if the employer has a religious or moral objection to it.  So at the whim of your employer, your children might not be able to get their vaccinations, or you might not be able to get a blood transfusion.

It’s fitting that the GOP has attached this amendment to the highway bill, because it’s an exception you can drive a truck through.

After Michigan

Winning Michigan was a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for Mitt to win the nomination.

To me, Mitt and Rick are just the oblivious twins.  Mitt can’t stop reminding us of how extremely rich he is, and Rick can’t stop reminding us of how extremely extreme he is.

The rich stuff is merely off-putting, while the religious stuff is scary.  Mitt may have a tin ear, but Rick has a tin brain.

Rick, you’re not getting the Catholic vote.  Doesn’t that maybe tell you something?  There’s somebody like you in every parish, and we try not to sit next to you at church suppers.

Things have come to a pretty pass when we’re relying on the Mormon to save us from the weird religious guy.

Santorum Is Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Much is being made of how Rick Savonarola Santorum is hurting the GOP with his theocratic views.

But he’s also hurting Catholic politicians in general and our chances of having another Catholic president.  As I’ve said before, so far Catholics are one for 44, and that one got assassinated.  He’s undoing all the comfort President Kennedy provided in his 1960 speech assuring voters that if they elected him, the Vatican wouldn’t run the Oval Office.

Rick Santorum Is a Cafeteria Catholic

Rick Savonarola Santorum is the sort of Catholic who likes to chide other Catholics who use birth control or are pro-choice as “Cafeteria Catholics,” who pick what they like from Catholic doctrine and ignore the rest.

But he too is a Cafeteria Catholic.  The Catholic Church rejects the doctrine of pre-emptive war, but Santorum is pushing for us to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.  That’s a place where he and I agree, and where we both differ with our Church.

He’s saying that, unlike President Kennedy, he would follow the Vatican’s orders if he were president.  So Rick, that means you would let Iran get a nuclear weapon.

Santorum Makes Me Want to Throw Up

Rick Savonarola Santorum just keeps digging.  Today he said that President Kennedy’s speech assuring the country that he wouldn’t take orders from the Vatican made him “want to throw up.”

Santorum said:  “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”

I don’t believe in an America where the Pope tells our president what to do, and the president tells us what to do based on his religion.

There are lots of things in the Constitution you can argue about, but whether or not this country was intended to be a theocracy is not one of them.

Marco Rubio Done As Veep?

When Jon Huntsman withdrew as a presidential contender, there wasn’t much speculation that Mitt would pick him for Veep.  Why?  Aside from the personal animosity between them (they both wanted to run the Salt Lake City Olympics), it was accepted that we wouldn’t have a GOP ticket with two Mormons.

Now this morning comes the revelation that Marco Rubio, the Florida senator at the top of everyone’s Veep short list, was a Mormon for a time as a young man, when his family lived in Nevada and converted.  He has since gone back to being a Roman Catholic, the faith he was born into, although he often attends a Baptist church.  He seems to be trying to play both ends in the middle between Catholics and Evangelicals.

But I think his time as a Mormon would make Mitt pause before choosing him.

Don’t Mess With a Good Thing

One of the things I love about this country (and they are many, I’ve never gotten over my elementary-school patriotism), is that when I became a Catholic as an adult, the government didn’t care.  They didn’t seek to reward or punish me, I became neither more nor less eligible for government jobs and programs, I became neither more nor less likely to be imprisoned or executed.  And it would have been the same if I’d chosen to become a Muslim or a Hindu.

This is a good thing, GOP.  Don’t mess it up.