Not Just For Catholics: Pro-Life Secularism & The Preservation Of Our Republic

Friday, October 10, 2008 \PM\.\Fri\.

To a couple of sparring partners from another place who find my pro-life views too much like sacralized politics:

Gentlemen, I don’t hold pro-life views to “get to heaven” or due to an inability to distinguish the secular from the sacred – I struggle against a culture of death to keep earth from resembling hell in ways that are quite easily to foresee and are playing out before our eyes.

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Tom Cruise, First-Rate Philosopher

Friday, October 10, 2008 \AM\.\Fri\.

Okay, maybe not.

But one of his characters was more intellectually- and existentially-consistent that many (or even most) Americans of any religious affiliation, including Catholics. I’m talking about the hitman Vincent in the 2004 film Collateral, starring Cruise and Jamie Foxx and directed by Michael Mann.

Read on…

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Tribalism and Politics

Friday, October 10, 2008 \AM\.\Fri\.

[This is a very slightly modified reprint of a post from my personal blog from several months ago, but one which I thought relevant to build upon as we seek to lay the foundation for a principled and polite discussion of politics from a Catholic perspective.]

Two and half years ago, when the situation in Iraq was pretty much at its worst Bush’s popularity was already headed steeply down (though not yet as low as it is now), I was talking to one of my very liberal friends, and he commented: “You Republicans enjoy it now.  We’ll take back congress at the next election, and there is no Republican on earth who could win the presidency after eight years of Bush.  He’s destroyed your party for a generation.”

“What if we nominate McCain?” I asked.

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Palin on Obama and Abortion

Friday, October 10, 2008 \AM\.\Fri\.

When it comes to abortion, the choice in this election couldn’t be more stark.


A Poem For Our Times

Friday, October 10, 2008 \AM\.\Fri\.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

 

 

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

 

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A President Obama Will Silence Catholics

Friday, October 10, 2008 \AM\.\Fri\.

Senator Obama has stated that he wants the Internet to be regulated. CNET had this exchange of a MoveOn.org member asking Senator Obama this very question:

He asked Obama: “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate Net neutrality as the law of the land? And would you pledge to only appoint FCC commissioners that support open Internet principles like Net neutrality?”

The answer is yes,” Obama replied. “I am a strong supporter of Net neutrality.”

This “Net Neutrality” law would be something along the lines of the Fairness Doctrine. Conservapedia states that the Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters who aired material on controversial issues to provide “equal time” for the expression of opposing views.  The end result was censorship, broadcasters simply refrained from airing public affairs programing.

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