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  •  straight out of the diary (2+ / 0-)
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    TrueBlueMajority, CuriousBoston

    is an Episcopal priest who can go toe to toe with anyone about moral issues without being rigid or bombastic

    Anyone who reads this with sincerity can see that the diarist equated Massie's being an Episcopal priest with Massie's ability to go toe to toe on moral issues.  This is ridiculous and directly implies that Massie is better able to go toe to toe on moral issues because he's an Episcopal priest.

    Separation of church and state.  Let's please find a Senate candidate who doesn't think he needs to be a priest to go "toe to toe on moral issues."

    •  In that point, TBM is giving his background, (2+ / 0-)
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      TrueBlueMajority, camlbacker

      that he is an Episcopal priest, and then is talking about his, for lack of a better word, abilities and demeanor.

                To be clear,
                 Heather

      Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

      by Chacounne on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 09:28:36 PM PST

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      •  come on (1+ / 0-)
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        TrueBlueMajority

        If this is what TBM was doing, she would've written:

        Here is his background: ....

        Instead, she only informed us that he's a priest in the context of telling us he has superiority when it comes to going "toe to toe on moral issues."  You can't seriously believe TBM wasn't implying that his status as a priest gives him a leg up in the moral debate.  It's not even subtle.

        •  You are entitled to believe (2+ / 0-)
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          TrueBlueMajority, streetsmart96

          as you wish, and I am entitled to believe as I wish, and I've seen how you have twisted words in these comments, hers and mine, so I'll agree to disagree.

                      Heading off to bed,
                           Heather

          Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

          by Chacounne on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 09:48:32 PM PST

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          •  fair enough! (0+ / 0-)

            i'm always down with the agreement to disagree.  Discuss the points civilly, realize where we hit a crossroads, and move to the next topic.  Look forward to other discussions in the future, where I'm sure we'll agree more than disagree!

          •  thanks Heather (0+ / 0-)

            of course your interpretation is the one I intended.

            but people of faith have been strong voices for social justice and equality ever since this country was founded.

            and now more than ever it is important that progressive Christians step forward to challenge wingnuts who claim that conservative Republicans are the only people who have strong moral values.

            Stephen Colbert is not an Episcopal priest, but he can go toe to toe on moral issues with anyone as well.  There are atheists on this blog who can go toe to toe on moral issues with anyone and whose integrity I trust on issues of morality ahead of some people who go to church all the time and make a big show out of pretending to be pious.

            the campaign knows that there will be people like 291853 who will react to the priest thing out of their own prejudices and bad experiences with conservative religious moralists.

            honestly, I think streetsmart96 knows what we both mean, and is just being contrary for his/her own reasons.

            "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

            by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 04:17:53 AM PST

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        •  the whole diary after the jump (1+ / 0-)
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          is a summary of his background!  do I really need to write "here is his background" in front of each of those itemized points?  I had a long list of things I wanted to include and I put some of them together.

          His status as a priest does not give him a leg up on claims of being more moral than others, as you assumed I meant.

          But it does inoculate him against the "secular humanist" attack that Republicons love to throw around whenever progressives start talking about the social contract.

          And it does neutralize the "we are the only people with positive moral values" attack that Republicons have used to brainwash a lot of gullible voters.

          So when Rs get in his face and attempt to imply that no one can be a Democrat and a person of faith, he will be able to parry that thrust with grace and eloquence.

          And he is able to do so in a way that is not offputting to agnostics and atheists and secular people and people of other faiths, highlighting the fact that although some of us are inspired by God and others are inspired by a moral center not based on God, we are working toward common goals.

          Massachusetts is already comfortable with the idea of an elected official standing astride the intersection of faith and politics, so long as those politics reflect forward-thinking Massachusetts values.

          again, it is interesting that you keep inferring a claim of superiority into the phrase "toe-to-toe", which I chose specifically as a hold your own statement of equality rather than a one up one down assertion.

          "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
          I support Bob Massie for US Senate

          by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 05:07:16 AM PST

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