CCK and why is Chad grumbling about Catholics tonight?
So what does Chad have to say about all of this?:
When challenged on the catholic thing by one reader, Chad had this to add:
Despite what you will be reading on South Dakota right-wing weblogs, the fact of the matter is that people are leaving the Republican Party because it has been increasingly radicalized.
Thirty years ago, the Republican Party in this country and yes, even in South Dakota, was in a sad state of affairs. And they found a way out of it: the fundamentalist Christian movement. The party has become increasingly reliant on the activism and turnout of this group to keep their party vibrant. As this group has steadily gained power in the party, those with moderate views have been marginalized.and...
It all goes back to the growth of power from the Taliban wing of the Republican Party. Their agenda trumps all else because they rely on the fundamentalist and Catholic churches to drive voter turnout.
So while Republican weblogs will try to explain away the fact that some of their most prominent members are leaving the party, keep in mind how much the Republican Party has changed in the last 30 years. I suspect many Republicans have taken a look at these changes and have decided they have "had enough."
I don't have a problem with Catholics.
I have a problem with the guys who wear the collar and the fancy robes.
I have absolutely no respect for an organization that looks the other way to sexual molestation for decades and then decides they are going to tell their members to vote "values" or they are going to hell.
Now, I'm a bit taken back by Chad's comments referring derogatorily to Catholic priests. Let it be said I'm not the greatest Catholic in the world. Actually, I'm pretty mediocre. But even to me, it seems that Chad is painting the entire priesthood with a pretty broad brush.
There aren't any more Catholic Priests who have molested kids than there are pastors of other denominations. It doesn't mean that all priests are bad. Nor does it mean it's prevalent.
If I made a statement of that effect regarding people of a minority or subculture group, Chad and the dems would be all over me. And it would be because I'd be painting with the same broad brush they're using. So why does it make it ok to pick on Catholics?
The problem with the church hierarchy and the few priests that pulled that crap is that for years, they wanted to handle it internally because of negative publicity, as opposed to sending the sickos to jail. And they're paying for that mistake in spades, because to heck with the rest of the world - Catholics themselves think the practice was BS.
Because of that, does that mean I think my parish priest (when I do go) has abdicated his ability to interpret the word of God as it relates to everyday life? No. Do I always like what I hear? No. Do I always do as they tell me? No. But where are we if we do not at least acknowledge the existence of a moral code?
I'm sure some of what irks the other side may be the church's stand against abortion. Well, I can't say I'm all that kicked in the tail about the church's stand on the death penalty. The fact is, the Catholic church could care less what you or I think. It's not a democracy. In this instance, they're affirming life for both the unborn and the murderer.
I'm suprised that Chad is somewhat dismissive of the Catholic vote as being automatically R. He can do that and I won't mind, because it means maybe they won't target them. Foolish them if that's true. There are still tons of Catholics who identify with the D party rather than mine based on social justice issues. (Hint - Those aren't Republican nuns chaining themselves to nuclear missile silos.)
The more the Democratic party treats Catholics, and other church going folk like crap, the more likely my side can lock them in as part of a winning majority. While Democrats keep wondering why they are losing elections, I'll be combing my church directory for those who haven't gotten around to switching parties yet, and I'll send them a registration change postcard.
Bottom line, it's about getting people to vote for you and winning on election day. If you can't get past the fact some people have strong religious convictions, then it's more difficult to come out on the winning side.