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27 March 2012 @ 07:40 am
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, many Americans believed that a Roman Catholic president would be a mindless tool of the Vatican. Kennedy made a great speech refuting* that paranoid delusion. When Rick Santorum said the speech disgusted him. I guessed that he was proud to be a mindless tool of the Vatican, but I was mistaken.

Some Catholic theologians believe that their theology is so perfectly consistent that one cannot accept part without accepting all of it. (So did Ayn Rand, but that's not important now.) Those who committed that error were called "cafeteria Catholics."

Rick Santorum is a cafeteria Catholic. He is wildly enthusiastic about the parts where all are supposed to take orders about sex from old men in dresses who are specifically forbidden from knowing what they are talking about. He is willing to ignore the equally mandatory parts about duties to resist tyranny and help the poor.

Catholicism is a shit sandwich. Rick Santorum wants to throw the bread away.

*Not just denying. That's one of the distinctions the Language Police are right about.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on March 27th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Can't your criticism be extended to all conservative Christians and their beliefs?

El Coyote Gordo: meditating dogsupergee on March 27th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
To an extent, but the Catholic Church is supposed to be a monolith, while the Protestant emphasis on individual conscience means that a believer can decide that one part is what really matters.
Kalimackalimac on March 27th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
You're alluding to this Pandagon entry, right?
El Coyote Gordo: buckysupergee on March 27th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
That was part of it. I blogged that one yesterday and had more thoughts on the question.
nancylebov on March 27th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
shelleybear: Hulkshelleybear on March 27th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
One day a week I was fighting the good fight and manning a phone bank working against an homophobic same-sex amendment to the constitution.
It runs on volunteers.
The other side is well-financed by the Catholic Arch Enemy Diocese and has gone out of it's way to propagate a hate-filled, homophobic message to it's congregants.
Perhaps not ALL religions are bad, but this one certainly is.
And, to anyone staying with their faith, I'd like to remind them that like Jimmy Carter, you can just get the fuck out!
Miche: dettol and wire brushmicheinnz on March 31st, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Thing is, there's just so much what-the-fuck coming from the right at the moment that this is going to get lost in the noise.