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  •  As a former Catholic (2+ / 0-)
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    entlord, aitchdee

    raised fairly strictly, I find a problem squaring that with the attitude that "God is God, right is right, wrong is wrong, and it never changes".

    I understand practically that we sometimes must sacrifice our priciples to survive, but if one does that and immediately returns to absolutism after the crisis passes, how can that person claim any moral high-ground?

    I had a heated discussion with a friend from Columbia yesterday, who was in a "Papal Mood" because of the new Pope...and he was the quintessential "Cafeteria Catholic".  His religious views seem parallel to the younger Republicans at CPAC - they want to pick and choose what conservative priciples they hold on to, while the old guard stresses it all - even when their behaviour does not foot with their words.

    Which is the same reason why many of us here can move on from a scandal like Anthony Weiner's - as a Democrat he never put himself on a moral pedastal.

    •  I would say Dems deal with a moral lapse and (1+ / 0-)
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      move on while the GOP either denies it happened or if they admit it happened, argue it was not a moral lapse.  Since they choose to ignore such things instead of dealing with them, the problems never go away

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