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When pundit Kirsten Powers published an op-ed in USA Today arguing that the recent effort in Kansas to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, is an update of Jim Crow -- the Christian Right Twitterverse went wild.  

While each such episode commands a lot of attention, it is part of a larger story of a deep and probably lasting social and political change in the U.S. -- one that one way or another will shape the public lives of everyone reading these words.  This may seem like a bold thing to say; something that has not been validated by the punditocracy, but give it time.

Last year in The Public Eye, I discussed the growing and deepening alliance between the Protestant evangelical Christian Right as we have historically known it and the American Roman Catholic Bishops.  In that essay I acknowledged that while there has always been a certain Catholic presence in the uneasy religiopolitical movement we call the Christian Right, it was not until The Manhattan Declaration of 2009, that more than a handful of Catholic prelates would ever stand shoulder to political shoulder with the leaders of evangelicalism and the likes of Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council.  But for this, at least 50 Catholic bishops, archbishops and cardinals signed-up, including Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) Timothy Dolan of New York. It was, I think, a transformational moment in the history of the U.S. and indeed, in the history of Christianity.  But like many major shifts, it is not likely to be widely understood until it is so well established that most of us think things were always that way.

But Tony Perkins himself took to Twitter in response to Powers, to remind us of the importance of the Declaration as a source of conservative Christian resistance to the advance of LGTBQ equality and reproductive justice.

Here is an excerpt from Christian Right Seeks Renewal in Deepening Catholic-Protestant Alliance:
The document is a statement of shared principles and a common approach to politics and public policy for the foreseeable future. It focuses on three interrelated values: “sanctity of life,” “traditional marriage,” and “religious freedom.” Invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” it calls for “resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same-sex marriage.”

Robert P. George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and prominent Roman Catholic neoconservative, originated the Declaration.  George is also the founder and guiding light of a number of related institutions, including the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Witherspoon Institute, the American Principles Project, and American Principles in Action. He recruited the late evangelical leader Charles Colson and Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George as co-authors, and he later helped recruit the document’s original 150 signatories (most of whom were men), subtly in the style of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Some are among the best-known Christian Right leaders in the United States. These include top Catholic prelates and evangelical leaders, notably Archbishop (now Cardinal) Timothy Dolan of New York and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Signatories also include more politically oriented figures such as Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; and Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom. There are also half a dozen leaders of the low-profile New Apostolic Reformation, including Revs. Harry Jackson, Joseph Mattera, and Samuel Rodriguez, each of whom is an “apostle” overseeing a large network of Neocharismatic churches.  Primarily via the website devoted to the Declaration, more than 540,000 people have joined the original signers, generating a massive email list that may prove useful to the Christian Right.

For all the Declarationists’ ecumenical diversity, the document’s significance is perhaps best epitomized by Albert Mohler, who, a decade earlier, had declared his abhorrence of Roman Catholicism on Larry King Live. In 2009, Mohler explained his rationale for signing the Declaration, though he does not usually sign manifestos, and he noted that this exception should not be taken as a sign that his views on Roman Catholic doctrine had changed. But, he wrote, “we are facing an inevitable and culture-determining decision on the three issues centrally identified in this statement. I also believe that we will experience a significant loss of Christian churches, denominations, and institutions in this process. There is every good reason to believe that the freedom to conduct Christian ministry according to Christian conviction is being subverted and denied before our eyes.”

The concluding paragraph of the Declaration’s first section is explicit in saying that its purpose is to unify and mobilize the Christian Right: “We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”

The Christian Right sees the times as dire indeed. The Manhattan Declaration’s integrated approach to abortion, marriage, and religious liberty is designed to unite key leaders of major factions around common arguments and to function as a catalyst for political renewal.

Indeed, the Declaration’s three-part formula emerged as a central feature of the movement in the 2012 election season. It was taken up by the Roman Catholic bishops, as well as the major political organizations of the traditional, evangelically oriented Christian Right. The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, used it in his convention acceptance speech. And it promises to be the way that the Christian Right frames its common platform for the foreseeable future.

Crossposted from Talk to Action

Originally posted to Frederick Clarkson on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM PST.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Pro Choice.

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  •  The Two Factions Representing Just About Half (3+ / 0-)
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    the US Christian population don't they?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:35:00 AM PST

    •  something like that (10+ / 0-)

      but I think the significance of the deepening alliance is less in generalizations about membership in the population, and more about the mobilization and political efficiency of a growing faction, and increasing deployment of resources into the fight.

      •  I'd rephrase it to say that they represent about (13+ / 0-)

        half of the LEADERSHIP of the US Christian population.

        "Catholics in the pew" have often mostly ignored what their leaders told them on this and other positions.  As a non-Catholic who does have some Catholic friends, it seems that for most they will cite what the hierarchy says if they already agree with that opinion, and ignore it if they don't.  I see relatively few being persuaded by anything they hear from clergy.

        Even in the conservative and Evangelical communities, there's a big difference between what leaders think, particularly on the GLBT issue, and what younger people think.  But the leaders are predominantly older.

        Barring a huge crisis in our country which completely shifts our culture, the anti-GLBT people have lost and will be increasingly marginalized in few years.  Far fewer than I would have imagined 5 years ago.

        •  Yes, I'm Aware of the Difference Between Leader (4+ / 0-)

          ship and membership.

          However leadership representing about half the population and drawing to some degree on their donations, that's an important part of the picture of their power.

          Unlike anti LGBT, I think anti abortion has a robust future. An npr story within the half year reported millennials are dropping back approaching equal split on abortion freedoms.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:51:26 PM PST

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          •  An important point . . . (0+ / 0-)

            Anti-LGBT actions occur between equal adults. Even a zealot has to admit that an LGBT American is a citizen with the exact same rights under the Constitution as the zealot has. Oh, they'll try to fudge the issue, but it is not hard to frame it as a disagreement between two citizens. Between equals.

            But abortion, to zealous anti-abortionists, involves the murder of helpless children. They will act accordingly, just as resolutely as abolitionists did during the Civil War era.

            You couldn't have convinced Frederick Douglas or John Brown back then to chill out on the issue of slavery, not for love nor money nor the threat of death. So it is with anti-abortion zealots. Why? Because they really do, really and truly do believe that even contraception is murder of a human soul, is preventing it from having life, which it deserves.

            How do you stand by while a child is murdered? You can't.

            So they have painted themselves into an impossible corner. There is no way to believe what they believe and not act.

            You can't talk them out of, nor discuss it as equal adults because they feel they are rescuing a helpless infant. Anything they have to do to save an infant child is going to get done. You would act as resolutely if you saw an infant being kicked on the street corner by adults. You can't walk away from that and live with yourself.

            I point this out to make clear that the only way to change the behavior of anti-abortionist zealots is to change their belief that abortion, or even contraception, is first degree murder.

            Their Bible says no such thing, in fact, their Bible is fine with bashing children's heads against stone walls, and women taking potions to cause miscarriage. But from a cherry-picked selection of unrelated verses they've come up with the "premise" that the unborn are persons from the moment of conception (or before), so anything you do to the unborn is done unto a person.

            That's what their religious leaders choose to preach, and what their zealots believe to their core, which is why abortion rights will be a long and bloody struggle in our nation, only to be settled when their zealots and religious leaders are hounded into obscurity and extinction. Make it cost them and their churches too much to continue to teach the lie that abortion is murder, and they will teach something else.

            In the days of the Old Testament, abortion was a common practice. Women had the choice to have a baby or not. That's the way it was among the tribes of Israel.

            "The 1% have no wealth. They have our wealth."

            by antifa on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 02:07:32 PM PST

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            •  I do not seriously think that most of them (1+ / 0-)
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              believe that "abortion is murder" or that it involves "babies" or an "unborn person." I believe that's cynical crap being pushed down people's throats by leaders with ulterior motives — primarily their disgust, contempt and hatred of women.

              If you did truly believe this, it would trump opposition to effective birth control on arcane theological points — after all, we're talking about preventing MURDER of BABIES.

              They know all the studies and research that show banning abortion will not stop it but that preventing unplanned pregnancies causes it to plummet. They don't care because this isn't about babies — it's about misogyny. And these two "churches" are places where that flourishes.

              Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

              by anastasia p on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:23:20 PM PST

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            •  not so. (0+ / 0-)
              "Even a zealot has to admit that an LGBT American is a citizen with the exact same rights under the Constitution as the zealot has."
              if they actually believed this, we wouldn't be having the attacks on marriage equality, and women's right to choose, that we see. they would continue trying to stop people from doing things they consider immoral, but solely by persuasion, not legislative fiat.
      •  They've completely lost control of the "debate", (1+ / 0-)
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        ...their political influence is defeated, and their media strategy is a failure. They're regrouping. It won't be surprising if ineffective ops like FRC and Tony Perkins are replaced soon by a new strategy with the pols and the media.

      •  i must disagree with this assertion: (0+ / 0-)
        "and more about the mobilization and political efficiency of a growing faction"
        I submit that the opposite is true, the faction is actually shrinking. check the demographics of the evangelical & catholic church's memberships; they're getting older, not younger. as time goes on, their influence, especially politically, will wane, as their constituency dies off and isn't replaced, on even a 1:1 basis.
        •  this kind of data (1+ / 0-)
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          does not tell us much about whether an organized political faction is growing.

          I submit that the Christian Right, as described in this diary and in the underlying essay is in fact, a growing faction, and is enjoying the benefits of massive infusions of money and other resources.  The notion that because memberships in churches is down and that what remains is aging is a reassuring narrative for those who choose not to recognize that they are getting their political asses kicked in a lot of places around the country.  And that it is the Christian Right that is doing a fair share of the kicking.

    •  Not precisely. (0+ / 0-)
      Representing Just About Half...the US Christian population
      These men represent themselves and their own personal politics but are not representing the people in their respective churches and definitely not  people who attend churches they don't personally oversee. There's a deep and wide divide between theological/magisterial dogma and political action.
    •  Do not presume that Catholic officials (1+ / 0-)
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      speak for everyone who is registered or claimed as a Catholic in this country. Many Catholics are "cultural" Catholics who have long since fallen away from the churches teaching but still regard themselves as ethnically "Catholic," whereas an evangelical church is something you are more likely to join and not identify yourself as should you fall away from its teachings.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:19:22 PM PST

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    •  If only the media would get that (3+ / 0-)

      Last year when the Supreme Court handed down marriage equality rulings (striking portions of DOMA and telling California they could resume issuing licenses to same-sex couples), I was listening to the CBS evening news report that night about it.  They got reactions, both negative of course, from the presidents of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention, as the only Christian voices.  This leaves the impression that Christians generally oppose marriage equality, which is far from universally the case, but I suppose someone decided they got a Catholic and a Protestant so that must cover the bases.

  •  The totalitarian tendencies grow among... (15+ / 0-)

    ...evangelical fundamentalist and Catholic circles.  Christian totalitarians of any denomination attract each other.

    I see a looming split among "conservative" Catholics and Pope Francis.  It wouldn't be the first such split among Catholics.  One famous case is that of Traditionalist Catholics of which Mel Gibson , of The Passion of the Christ fame, is a member.  

    This "Catholic" film was very attractive to evangelical fundamentalists specially at the Air Force Academy.

    These types of Catholics and protestants are natural alies in their attempt to turn America into a theocracy.  And they are relentless.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:37:12 AM PST

    •  They're losing (11+ / 0-)

      Even three or four years ago I was the only person I knew calling homophobes "bigots."  I'd been doing it for years, and usually was met with a perplexed stare.  Almost literally overnight homophobes are being met with that word across wide swathes of society, and the reactionaries in Kansas and Arizona will find themselves marginalized and boycotted if they don't back off.  

      The conservative Christians' alliance with the Republican party is only driving that party deeper into their extremist wilderness.  Just like the wingnut base, the conservative religious alliance is going to prevent the Republican party from returning to electoral relevance in presidential elections.  It will probably speed the decline of their base in soon-to-be purple states as well.

      History is not on these theocrats' side.  Their movement was in the ascendancy 30 years ago, but no more.  American history has shown several eras of religious involvement in politics, followed by longer periods of religious withdrawal from the political world.  I think the Religious Right's days are a lot shorter than they might like to think.

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:12:00 PM PST

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      •  they are doing just fine (11+ / 0-)

        losing certain battles is not the same as losing the war, and even losing the war, is not the same as giving up the fight.

        The evidence points to a reorganization of the Christian Right and a change of venues of where the fighting is taking place.  Which is why we are having this conversation today.  The most significant battles are in the states, where a combination of gerrymandering and sophisticated political development, has allowed the right to command one party control of a majority of state legislatures in the U.S.  I'll have more to say about these things soon, but for now, suffice to say the theocratic war for America is about the long run. And they are doing well, even in the face of shifting public opinion on some things.  

        •  Oh I agree with you in that (5+ / 0-)

          ... and respect your long work in this area.  Their political victories in the states, however, are starting to be rolled back by courts, especially in the marriage equality area.  Officially sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people can only increase pressure on courts to declare official animus against a suspect class, and speed the day that existing anti-discrimination legislation is extended to include LGBT individuals.   Social attitudes are also not moving in their direction, so the more they push these attitudes the greater the price their political stooges will ultimately pay nationally.

          It will be a long struggle, as civil rights struggles always are, and there will be defeats as well as victories.  Their latest tactic of focusing on the states has given them considerable victories.  But larger social forces are against them, and their tactical victories look like they will only speed their ultimate strategic defeat.

          We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

          by Dallasdoc on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:30:47 PM PST

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  •  Shorter Mohler to Catholics: (13+ / 0-)

    "You're still going to burn in Hell but we need your money to fight the evil gayz."

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:41:38 AM PST

  •  I hate to say this, because I am a great defender (5+ / 0-)

    of religious liberty (not in the Arizona sense, of course) but I would like to see Pope Francis remind the Protestant Evangelicals that they are heretics.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:57:36 AM PST

  •  Sounds like an endandered species (3+ / 0-)
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    soon to be extinct. I can't see their vision getting traction in the future, more the opposite.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:01:54 PM PST

    •  gaining plenty of traction (4+ / 0-)
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      which is why we are having this conversation. You know, actual bills to legalize discrimination in actual state legislatures and enjoying significant support  

      Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there.

      •  I see it as the desparate last struggle (3+ / 0-)
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        of something that is fading out.

        A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

        by onionjim on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:17:41 PM PST

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        •  A desperate struggle, to be sure (2+ / 0-)
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          and becoming all the more desperate as the would-be theocrats are finally starting to realize that their extremist socio-politics are getting to be more and more marginalized. Despite (probably) living firmly ensconced in the right-wing media bubble, sooner or later they are going have to realize that their self-righteous brand of holy-holy sex-obsessed prejudices (washed down with generous helpings of self-victimizing whine) just isn't going to generate influence outside of their own limited circles.

          The big problem for the rest of the country, of course, is that said "circles" are a lot larger (and electorally cohesive) than we would like to think.

          It will be a desperate struggle, but it's very unlikely to be the last...

        •  No evidence of fading (1+ / 0-)
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          That, I am sorry to say, is wishful thinking.   Try reading the essay I link to in this post and think about it over time, and test it against what is actually going on in American public life.  I think you'll find that as with any movement, (labor, civil rights, anyone?) there are ups and downs, wins and losses.  

          I see a profound, historic gathering of resources for a major fight that suggests far from fading, they are reorganizing, regrouping and gathering their forces.

        •  We Were Seeing Their Last Gasps in the 60's (5+ / 0-)

          when they (evangelicals at least) were a fraction of today's size and comparatively invisible in the power structure.

          I'd give anything to have them back to the last gasp strength they were at half a century ago.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:53:30 PM PST

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        •  Not fading, but containable (1+ / 0-)
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              They key is that most of the younger generation, outside fundie circles, is much more progressive on GLBT rights than their parents and grandparents. On this specific issue, the demographics are in our favor.

              As more and more states recognize same-sex marriage, and as the sky remains firmly in place in those states, any remaining reason-based arguments against it will dissipate -- all the pushback will come only from fundies. And as long most Americans respect the concept of separation of church and state, there's only so much traction religiously-based arguments can gain in the public sphere.

             YMMV regionally, of course. And we must remain vigilant. But the "default" mindset among younger Americans seems to be "I'm supposed to hate gay people? Why?" And that in itself is a huge advance over even a decade ago.

          "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

          by Buzzer on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 01:17:30 PM PST

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          •  I live in MA (2+ / 0-)
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            and favored same sex marriage long before it was cool, and even publicly argued that it was a matter of religious freedom.   Public opinion ran about 2-1 against at the time of the Goodridge decision. The sky did not fall and the stats turned around.  This of course, is MA not Alabama.

            But my point is different.

            One cannot measure the relative strength of the CR based on public opinion regarding LGTBQ identity.

            While social attitudes have improved, this has not affected voting behavior.  What's more, since the same young white evangelical demographic that has been viewed as "gettable" by Dems for most of a decade has yet to be gotten... how come?  One important reason is that the same polls that show improved attitudes among young white evangelicals regarding homosexuality and even marriage also show that they are more anti-abortion than their parents, suggesting that this is likely to be the more politically animating issue.  

            And that is just one thing.

            The picture is more complicated than meets the eye.   In any case, the Christian Right remains strong and is likely to remain so for the lives of everyone reading this comment.

  •  What's going to happen is that after gay (2+ / 0-)
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    rights are fully realized, the issue is going to recede, gays will cease to "stand out" in our societal gaze (sorry) and this declining power element will find itself like a big fish in a shrinking pond. Other issues like global warming and jobs will take center stage, and they'll be pumping a dry well for money.
    They will be even more hysterical and desperate, and "religion lite" will grow relatively more popular.

    The question is, when will the tipping point occur when they start to lose their grip on power, and how dysfunctional can they help the libertarian Kochs and other "tea party" powers make the country before the shift occurs. I think the fate of the nation hangs in the balance on that.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:10:14 PM PST

    •  I partially agree with you, but just as racial (2+ / 0-)
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      minorities continue to be discriminated against, GLBT will also still be discriminated against for decades to come.

      But in both cases the powers of government will no longer generally be in the hands of those who wish to discriminate, and instead of running the show they'll mostly be spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid being fined for violating the law.

      That in the long run makes a big difference, as well as the people who discriminate being mostly older and dying off with less success in passing on their prejudices to the next generation.

      This process isn't irreversible, but the momentum it has is greater than any resistance the bigots can currently offer.

    •  Why does everyone forget (3+ / 0-)

      their egregious attacks on women, like they don't matter? If our side keeps this up, we'll be in deep shit, like what happened in Ohio in 2010.

      Remember the Kochs for reasons that are obscure to me are funding the drive to enslave women. And it's working. Pretty soon any woman who is not affluent will have virtually all her choices shut down.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:26:25 PM PST

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      •  I never forget that. That's the point of origin (1+ / 0-)
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        of the modern "religious right" when the John Birchers and the segregationists jumped onto the abortion issue.
        It's a constant theme in my posts. It's why I got involved, (more than any other).
        I did neglect it in the above post.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 06:11:16 PM PST

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  •  The twitperverse - someplace I don't dare go. (0+ / 0-)

    I agree that there used to be an unholy alliance between catholic bishops and conservative creeps like Perkins. But, given the 18-19 newly appointed hats by Pope Francis, I suspect that some of the leaders here are feeling a little exposed. Just like the thousands of kids their priests manhandled for decades.

    The Christian Right recognizes their upcoming doom. Every year fewer young adults are Statin in their parents' church. Every year there are more open atheists and agnostics. Every year sees megachurches closing down or going BK.

    Come to think of it, having a tax free org go BK venders the same kind of smarts as a casino going BK. You need the talent and morals of a Donald trump to accomplish that kind of mess.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:51:36 PM PST

    •  Statin? Dim spall chicken. (0+ / 0-)

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:54:15 PM PST

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    •  well (3+ / 0-)
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      none of the new Cardinals are Americans.  And the Bishops Francis has appointed in the U.S. fill the vacancies from normal attrition are unremarkable.  There is zero effort from Francis to change doctrine in these matters, and zero effort to discourage the trend to active political involvement.  

      Its good that Francis has a better take on economics than the American bishops, but even his recent predecessors had better takes on economics than the bishops they appointed in the U.S.  All talk, no action.

      These things said, it remains to be seen what, if any, impact Francis will have in the U.S. His reform agenda so far seems mostly to do with the administration of the Vatican. His personal emphases and style is popular. Hard not to like the guy. But that is no basis for making big predictions about the future of the Christian Right in the U.S. -- which remains strong at all levels of public life.

      The alliance of which I wrote is newish (see the underlying essay).  The Manhattan Declaration was authored primarily by Catholic Right strategist Robert P. George, and it remains a vital ideological engine to this day.  I see no evidence of the alliance fraying. If anything it is stronger and goes broader and deeper than ever before.

  •  poor deluded non-persecuted christians............ (1+ / 0-)
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    what will it be like when their freedom to conduct their ministry is actually affected????

  •  They're all sick. (1+ / 0-)
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    If the God they worship in fact exists and is all knowing and all seeing, and makes moral judgements, most of these pricks are tagged for the deepest level of whatever hell is.  Meanwhile I agree with David54 (above) that the fate of the nation is at stake.  Religion mixed with politics is a known formula for disaster.  

     

    The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri

    by Persiflage on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 02:04:36 PM PST

  •  What is necessary (0+ / 0-)

    As a Catholic, I believe it is necessary for one of the prominent members of the Hierarchy who quietly opposes the Manhattan Declaration to publicly condemn it.

    I do not exaggerate when I say the fate of the nation may depend on it.

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