People and Politics by Patrick Roberts
Is Sarah Palin anti-Catholic after attacks on JFK, Nancy Pelosi's religious beliefs?
Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2010 at 05:37 PM
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Is Sarah Palin anti-Catholic?
That might be a real reading of her comments lately on John F.Kennedy when she slams him for making clear the line between his faith and his political beliefs during the 1960 campaign.
She has also questioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's faith in comments she made in her new book "America By Heart'
Attacking two prominent Catholics should send its own signal to Catholics everywhere what the real game is about here with the once-Catholic Ms Palin.
However, no signal yet from such guardians of the faith as William Donohoe of the Catholic League who is always quick to jump on any slight, real or imagined
It is very noticeable that Palin has glady accepted Mormon Mitt Romney's arguments about his Mormon religion and whether he believes in Jesus Christ or not.
Yet she questions JFK and Pelosi on their interpretation of their Catholic faith.
Who on earth is she to do so?
She has also kow-towed to every fundamentalist preacher, some of whom we know harbor anti-Catholic sentiment.
When JFK was running, leading Protestant figures such as Pastor Norman Vincent Peale launched vicious attacks on Kennedy and his religion. Is Palin cut from that cloth?
Pastor Norman Vincent Peale wrote in 1960 that "faced with the election of a Catholic, our culture is at stake"
Is it from sources like this where she got her attack on JFK and Pelosi from?
I am delighted to see that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, niece of John Kennedy, has come out so strongly to defend her uncle after Sarah Palin launched a bitter attack on Kennedy in her new book.
Palin essentially attacked Kennedy for his 1960 campaign remark that "I am not the Catholic candidate for president.I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president who also happens to be Catholic."
Kennedy made those remarks because at the time Catholics in power were viewed with deep suspicion
Palin takes those remarks to mean that Kennedy "seemed to run away from his religion."She says that Kennedy declared religion to be "such a private matter that it was irrelevant to the kind of country we are."
That is complete nonsense and Kathleen Kennedy has now defended her late uncle with passion and vigor.
She writes that "Palin's argument seems to challenge a great American tradition, enshrined in the Constitution, stipulating that there be no religious test for public office. A careful reading of her book leads me to conclude that Palin wishes for precisely such a test. And she seems to think that she, and those who think like her, are qualified to judge who would pass and who would not."
Kennedy Townsend writes that Pallin's book makes "clear just how dangerous her proposed path can be. Not only does she want people to reveal their beliefs, but she wants to sit in judgment of them if their views don't match her own. For instance, she criticizes Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), a Democrat and a faithful Catholic, for "talking the (God) talk but not walking the walk."
Who is Palin to say what God's "walk" is? Who anointed her our grand inquisitor?" asks Townsend.
Well actually no one did, but Palin's 'holier than thou' mentality permeates her book throughout.
Palin, Kennedy Townsend says " fails to understand the genius of our nation. The United States is one of the most vibrant religious countries on Earth precisely because of its religious freedom. When power and faith are entwined, faith loses. Power tends to obfuscate, corrupt and focus on temporal rather than eternal purposes."
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