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“These are not all the Catholic bishops, and we respectfully disagree,” Ryan said.
I'm so old I can remember when arguing with the bishops meant you hated God and America and were guilty of leading a war on religion that would make Thomas Jefferson sad.
But that was ages ago, and now that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has officially told Republicans that their budget to give tax breaks to the rich and let the poor go hungry is "unacceptable" and "unjustified and wrong" and fails to meet "moral criteria"—which I believe is Churchspeak for "You're going to burn in hell forever, sinner, unless you repent!"—Paul "I'm using my Catholic faith" Ryan has decided that following the official dictates of the Church is optional. Who knew?
So, to sum up: You can "respectfully disagree" with the bishops when it comes to doing optional Jesus-y stuff like caring for the poor, but when it comes to vaginas, if you don't do what the bishops say, you hate America. And God.
Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM PDT.