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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:01 AM
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Glenn Greenwald: "Can Good Catholics Vote Republican?"
I absolutely love Glenn Greenwald. His lucidity and rigor are much-welcomed in my home, and no one writes about the NSA scandal with more intelligence or fire.

This blog entry is another example of why I think this guy is one of the best bloggers out there today. Greenwald's framing of the issues, and his ability to pinpoint the exact locus of the problem in every debate is very good thing. Check it out, and see what you think.

http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com /

also be sure to read the comment section.


The reality is that Catholicism translates politically into support for liberal views at least as much as it does for conservative views. Large majorities of Catholics support abortion rights generally, stem cell research, and oppose further tax cuts. There are also dormant and lurking religious tensions between evangelicals and Catholics which Bush opponents allow to remain hidden and unexamined, while Republicans exploit every cultural and religious division they can find. There is no virtue in continuing to win policy debates while losing elections due to a ceding of these submerged and ugly battlefields.

Republicans have all sorts of vulnerabilities on these issues. So many of their leading pundits and political figures have personal lives filled with private moral atrocities or activities which so plainly violate the religious and cultural principles they claim to embody. Their flagship policies are squarely prohibited by core Catholic principles and have been condemned as immoral and unjust by the Vatican. How can that same party parade around as the true party of Catholicism?

It would be preferable if our elections were decided exclusively on the substance of the issues. But they just aren't, and pretending otherwise ensures defeat. The Republican Party is no more the party of Catholicism than it is the party of moral piety or the restoration of honor and integrity in government. Not only does adherence to Catholicism not compel a vote for Republicans; if anything, it can be argued much more persuasively that Catholicism precludes such a vote. Democrats have to aggressively make that case, and related points, no matter how much they would prefer not to have to. If they don't, we will continue to be a country whose elections are decided by filth merchants and rank religious manipulation.
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kaygore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:02 AM
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1. This is great! Thank you for sharing!!!!!
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:07 AM
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2. So cool. Will have to index that one later
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