When The Cowardly Get Into Power
Hey, you know that organization that is the largest non-government provider for such things like health care, education, and charitable works? Well, the Minnesota Democrats think they’re the enemies of the poor. Go figure.
Of course, there might be more to this story. The Commonweal blog has a good post of updates going into the nitty gritty of Minnesota politics and why a mainstream party would stoop to the level of using anti-catholic bigotry as a campaign ruse. For a race that the majority of us outside of Minnesota would probably care nothing about, they sure attracted a lot of attention.
It appears that one of the Republican candidates in Minnesota, Mr. Dan Hall, is a preacher at a non-denominational church associated with the Assemblies of God denomination. The Minnesota arm of the DNC issues this ad as an attack again Hall being a preacher while opposing programs for the poor and did not intend it as an anti-Catholic attack ad. As the America Magazine blog noted, it may not be anti-Catholic but is sure confusing. I suppose I could extend the benefit of the doubt in this instance, but I wonder what individual lacked the intelligence and foresight to not raise a hand in a meeting and say, “Hey guys, suppose this gets taken the wrong way?” At first blush, to say the least, could anyone be blamed for not thinking this was an attack on the Catholic church?
My dear friends on the left, may I give you some unsolicited advice? If you are tired of being perceived as anti-religious and would like the Republican party to cease being the party of false gods (as we all do) you may want to hire a common-sense editor. Oh, and speak of the devil, I am going to be earning my MA at the University of Chicago Divinity School this year and am still unsure what I want to do with the rest of my life. Any takers?