Wednesday, August 08, 2007

More "anti-Catholicism"

Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan) is complaining loudly that fellow Republican Mike Huckabee allowed a supporter to start an anti-Catholic "whisper campaign" against Brownback because he is Catholic. (Brownback crossed the Tiber from Methodism in 2002.)

"I know Senator Brownback converted to Roman Catholicism in 2002," Rev. Tim Rude, pastor of Walnut Creek Community Church, wrote in the e-mail, according to the Associated Press. "Frankly, as a recovering Catholic myself, that is all I need to know about his discernment when compared to the governor's."

Brownback demanded an apology from Huckabee, an ordained Baptist pastor, but the Rev. Huck did not offer one. Rude was a little less, well, rude, and acknowledged he chose his words poorly.

Of course, if that's what passes for anti-Catholicism these days, we're really doing great, folks. That is at least the most oblique insult I could imagine. "Recovering Catholic"--please, we say that stuff all the time!

Remember, really anti-Catholic people used to have whole political parties, so let's not get too worked up.



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