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  •  "The bigotry of soft expectations" (none)
    The media knew Kerry was a Catholic, but they don't really get what that's all about, and Kerry himself didn't feel a need to explain it.

    By the time he did, he'd already been painted as a bad Catholic, thanks mostly to a group of partisan bishops and lay people.

    But no, I don't think anti-Catholic bigotry drew many votes.  It's more that the rest of the country simply expects New England liberals to be bad Christians, whatever their denomination.

    •  Hmm (none)
      I don't think it drew votes, no, not at all - wasn't enough of an issue.  But I sincerely believe that by virtue of being a Catholic it may have made it harder to attract votes..

      We must cultivate our garden.

      by daria g on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 10:28:14 AM PST

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      •  Southern evangelicals are very bigoted against (none)
        Catholics. Some still view the Pope as the Antichrist.
        •  Southern evangelicals don't even think that (none)
          Catholics are Christians.  

          Recently a lady come with her son to the library to find a subject for a school report.  The teacher asked for a report on a conflict or controversy in  Christianity before some date in the 1500's, I forget the exact date.  I suggested the persecution of the Templars by the Catholic Church and she looked at me icily and said, "No, it has to be about CHRISTIANS."  

          I did some hasty checking and it turned out that the beginning of the Protestant Reformation started just before the cut-off date.  She smiled beatifically and assented.

          I think many Catholics have forgotten the prejudice that they faced socially and poltically in this country as late as the 1950's.  I think they are going to be reintroduced to it.  Its going to be a real shock.

          •  Agreed (none)
            I went to a Catholic Jesuit college and debated there.

            My sophomore year Christian College Nationals was in the vacinity and we try to get an invite.  We don't get invited because "Catholics aren't Christian"

            Although I shouldn't have been surprised--these were the schools that were advocating things like "end all welfare and make people beg" and "all abortions, regardless of reason, should be punishable by life in prison" etc.

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