Saturday, March 28, 2009
Attention Catholics: Here Comes Newt!
This was unexpected. Newt Gingrich to become Catholic. This appeared in the New York Times in a profile on Newt that I only skimmed.
I have admired Newt and realized that his three marriages make it easy for his political opponents to take shots at him for personal immorality.
The Catholic left is sure to slap him around for his support of the death penalty. The same complaint is made about Rudy.
Labels: catholic politics
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:52 PM Permalink
There's an anti-Catholic spin in any story if you look hard enough
There was a tragic plane crash in Montana on March 22. This is a typical contemporaneous report:
Today, looking for reaction to the Texas school board decision, I found this follow-up to the crash: A heartless faith
The atheist author is outraged, first mocking the idea that a Catholic cemetery includes a memorial to unborn children in scare quotes, then embedding his own irony in his criticism of this article on Christian Newswire which is a complete inclusion from Gingi Edmunds blog
If you are not inclined to click on everything, this is the source of PZ Meyer's outrage:
I don't want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual "I told you so" moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp's - Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow - and I think of the haunting words, "Think of your children." I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the 'Tomb of the Unborn'?
I think this is creepy, like a Twilight Zone episode. That crew and passengers did not deserve to die. The unborn children killed in abortion do not deserve to die. Gingi Edmunds should realize that people like PZ Meyers are out there stalking our side and looking for every opportunity to point the accusatory finger at us of hate and hypocrisy. Write carefully and ask yourself, "Can the enemy spin this to their advantage?"
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:46 PM Permalink
Vince of the Shamwow Commericals as you have never seen him before
I would think that if he had all that money from television, he would be able to afford a better relationship that this.
In our celebrity culture, I wonder if this help Vince Shlomi and Sasha Harris achieve some great fame.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:54 PM Permalink
Notre Dame betrays its Catholic Identity
Norte Dame which claims to have a Catholic identity has betrayed it. President Obama voted three times against a bill that would have made it clear that a child born alive in induced labor abortion procedure would have the right to life under Illinois law.
The greatest moral evil in the United States is abortion and it is opposed by the bishops of the Catholic Church and millions of Catholics and therefore by inviting President Obama, Norte Dame brings dishonor upon itself in honoring, as a Catholic university, President Obama.
Sign the petition http://www.notredamescandal.com/
Background on Obama's votes against a born-alive state law on RealClear politics
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:59 AM Permalink
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Five Very Dangerous Words
failure of the free market
This is tough to discuss with someone who believes this -- precisely because one has to confront the defective worldview that makes it possible to utter such a phrase.
Now, I want to concede that if there was a place on earth with free markets, the rule of law, government by consent, individual rights, and generally speaking people who believe in right and wrong -- and if there's an inability there to obtain the necessities of life by ones effort -- I'd want to reexamine the following assertion -- when someone says free markets have failed, then we have an error in defining "free markets" or "failure".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:38 PM Permalink