The good kind of political religion

The good kind of political religion

Imagine, if you will, that it’s January 2009. Let’s say Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, has been elected President of the United States and the day before his inauguration he appears at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, where a bevy of bishops pray over him.

Let’s also imagine that, let’s say, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz exults: ““We are here to celebrate the election of one of our own.” Then let’s imagine that, say, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, adds: “Tonight we are experiencing an answered prayer,” and then addresses President-elect Brownback: “You are on the inside now. Just unlock the door,” in reference to expectations that Brownback would provide special access for Catholics to the halls of power.

Now, imagining all that, imagine how the mainstream media would respond. The howls of the violation of the separation of church and state would ring through newsrooms across the land. Cries of “theocracy” would be accompanied by the sound of a thousand editorial quills being sharpened and dipped for the inevitable denunciations in the next day’s editions.

Of course, no Catholic bishop, least of all those I named above in my hypothetical, would be caught dead doing anything of the sort, nor would anything Catholic Republican contemplating a run for the presidency.

But the scene above did happen within a different context on Wednesday in Boston, which Harry Forbes alerts us to.

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  • What hypocrisy!! I was walking in the People’s Republic of Cambridge this weekend and noticed a UCC or Unitarian Church that the City of Cambridge was paying to restore(between Harvard’s Lamont Library and St. Paul’s Catholic Church along Mass Ave.)  Could you possibly imagine what would happen if even a liberal “Catholic” church were being restored with city money in the PRC.

  • Well, is anyone really surprised by any of this?  I can’t say that I am; I remember the Clintons fundraising at churches like this one back in the 90’s—and the MSM was as blaise about it then as they are now.

    It’s all come down to raw power now.

  • Going by Matt’s description of the site, that church just off Harvard Square is Old Cambridge Baptist Church.  It’s very “progressive” and belongs to the American Baptist Convention.

  • I was listening to Hannity the other day and he said something that really struck a chord with me.

    He was saying that racial politics have become so overarching that most white people sense that they can’t say anything negative about black people without sounding racists-even if it’s true!

    In the same vein, most black people don’t speak out against “their own kind” for fear of being labeled anti-black, whiteboy, or even traitor.

    What I see is that racism goes both ways. I’m tired of being held hostage to the memory of the evil done before slavery was abolished and the civil rights movement. I WASN’T THERE. If you are doing something wrong, then you are doing something wrong, no matter what your skin color is. If you are doing something right, then let’s rally around you, no matter what the color of your skin is.

    Oh, I remember what this is in ref to: the Duke rape case, and how Jesse Jackson was standing by this woman no matter the fact that she is out and out lying and her case has been dismissed because she can’t keep her story straight. All that matters is that JJ believes that every white man is guilty. Of everything.

  • Dom you write: “no Catholic bishop, least of all those I named above in my hypothetical, would be caught dead doing anything of the sort…”  Why not, why shouldn’t a bishop do that.  The culture wars will not be won if we just sit back and cower to pressure.  If people scream, screw ‘em.  This is America it should be a place where we can freely exercise our religion as publicly as we please whether people like it or not. 

    If people want to complain and whine, I say let’em whine and scream.  If they try to suppress us, I say sue ‘em because they are infringing on our constitutional and God-given rights.

    I know this is off topic but I think it’s important:  As much as I’m concerned about immigration, what I wouldn’t give to get more Catholics and people who truly love freedom and the responsibility it entails to come take the place of the many self-serving whiners in the country.