The Big Fat Beam in My Eye
I always get a kick out of it when someone who is not a regular reader of this blog - and who, therefore, is unfamiliar with all that I've written on a given subject matter - makes assumptions about where I stand on said subject matter on the basis of one blog post.
This response to my recent post taking the Obama Catholics to task for "baptizing" Obama's abortion position is a case in point:
Sure Jay, this must be similar to McCain Catholics who baptize the holiness of human experimentation such as "embryonic stem cell research." Or the belief in the sacredness of torture. Be careful what you say. The Big Fat Beam in the Republican Party may make you stumble.The assumption being made, of course, is that I am some sort of blind supporter of John McCain, which makes me a hypocrite for criticizing the Obama Catholics. The commenter might have had a point if I were, indeed, a McCain supporter. Or a Republican. Or had excused McCain's support for ESCR. Or had not been critical of those Catholics who enthusiastically support McCain while glossing over his record on ESCR.
Unfortunately for her argument, none of those things happen to be the case. In fact, I have been extremely critical of McCain on this blog, ESPECIALLY regarding his support for ESCR (and I have said that I can't support him unless and until he reverses course). I have also been outspoken in taking Catholic McCain supporters - including Sam Brownback, Austin Ruse, Deal Hudson, and the editors of National Catholic Register - to task for their cheerleading on behalf of McCain.
As for torture, I will give McCain the credit he deserves for standing up against the Bush Administration and condemning torture in no uncertain terms. So, I'm not sure what our commenter's argument there is all about.
At any rate, I will continue to call them as I see them when it comes to Catholics sacrificing the teachings of their Faith in order to promote the agenda of any politician, right or left. And I'll do so without regard to whether I might "stumble" over some Big Fat Beam not of my own making.