Friday, April 22, 2005

The end-the-filibuster religious bigotry gets even more interesting


Frist's own church slaps him over his pandering to religious bigots.

And if you've any doubt that religious bigotry's involved, read through that article...

Christian conservatives have also accused Senator ... Salazar of Colorado, a Roman Catholic, of tolerating anti-Catholicism from his fellow Democrats who oppose nominees who follow the church's teachings on abortions.

On Thursday, Mr. Salazar responded by issuing a statement taking to task one of the telecast's speakers, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, for deprecating the Catholic faith. It quoted Mr. Mohler as saying "the Roman church is a false church and it teaches a false gospel" and "the pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office."

Dr. Mohler called Mr. Salazar's statement "absolutely ridiculous," saying it was hardly news that evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics "differ on many key theological issues." He said he supported a Catholic nominee the Democrats had opposed.

In the past two weeks, religious leaders on both sides of the judicial battle have plunged into the debate. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is distributing millions of postcards around the country for parishioners to send their senators asking them not to insist that nominees uphold abortion rights. Evangelical Protestant groups like Focus on the Family have been portraying the confirmation debates as a fight over public expression of religion and respect for traditionalist values.

Now the liberal group People for the American Way is buying advertisements and distributing church program inserts that attack Senator Frist for invoking religious faith in what it says is a partisan context. The National Council of Churches is asking members to organize news conferences denouncing Dr. Frist

So, the heretical Baptists are agitating with the exclusivist Catholics to change something that's been in the Senate practices for about 200 years.

Salazar's right to point out that the Bishops' bedfellows are intrinsically disordered in a religiously incorrect manner; it just shows how ludicrous this whole pandering is. How can these folks be purporting to make their decisions on the bases of, ahem, "objective morality" when all the participants view each others' sects as "false?" Just asking.

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