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  •  I just hope he doesn't throw the election (2+ / 0-)
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    Quotefiend, irishwitch

    to the Repubs again.

    The man is a raving bigot, but he has way too many followers in normally Democratic states - which makes him a dangerous nut job

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

    by tiponeill on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 08:16:53 PM PST

    •  Accurate scholarship will unearth the whole (4+ / 0-)
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      perhaps a bit more specificity in the charges you hurl, a bit less of labelling and name calling, would produce a bit more peace and a bit less anger.

      The pope did NOT 'throw the election to the Repubs' the first time.  

      "Accurate scholarship will unearth the whole offense....[will] learn ...what huge imago made a psychopathic god." -W H Auden

      by Orpheus on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 08:26:53 PM PST

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      •  specificity? (4+ / 0-)

        you know this.  the whole paraphrasing "it's a sin in the eyes of the church to vote for a pro-choice candidate"....

        that's threatening damnation in catholic-speak.

        that's quite like osama releasing HIS pre-election videos...

      •  I think the Catholic Church in my diocese (3+ / 0-)
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        melo, PBCliberal, Quotefiend

        did all it could to scuttle the democrats.  I was attending and active in my downtown semi-progressive parish when the bishop threw down the gauntlet in Michigan.

        Seven Michigan diocese combined resources for a campaign to GOTV to pass a Sanctity in Marriage law against gays and lesbians in 2004.  Now I am Catholic.  But I am not an idiot.  It was all around us down to the glossy brochures costing hundreds of thousands to circulate by mail and parish.

        It was concerted and coordinated with the dozens or so efforts throughout the country to whip up voters to the polls.
        There was little talk about Iraq, torture, and every other relevant issue directly against the church's own pronouncements and teachings.
        Nothing but gay this, gay that 24/7.
        Oh and maybe whether or not we should allow John Kerry communion in one of our churches.  Despicable.

        •  Isn't Michigan home to Domino Pizza (4+ / 0-)
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          Ahianne, PBCliberal, xanthe, marykk

          guy's Ave Maria law school and that whole cell of right-wingers who are closely aligned with organizations and folks like The Wanderer, Richard Neuhaus and D James Kennedy and Jay Sekulow?  

          Without doing the research, I would hazard a guess that the well-financed campaign in your diocese came from a powerful, wealthy splinter group like those folks.  They're not in the hierarchy but no doubt some priests & bishops suck up to them -- they've got money.

          "Accurate scholarship will unearth the whole offense....[will] learn ...what huge imago made a psychopathic god." -W H Auden

          by Orpheus on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 12:10:14 AM PST

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