One of my favorite pressure groups, Nuns on the Bus, will be launching a five-day tour on Wednesday through the red, blue and purple parts of Ohio.I grew up Catholic. I've never heard of "Nuns on the Bus." But if E.J. is touting them, there's a good bet they're out of favor with the Catholic Church (especially if they're backing Democrats this particular election cycle).
It's a group of Cafeteria Catholics who really don't appear to like much of the food in the food line, but they like the cred that particular cafeteria gives them. You might say they want to have their cake and nothing else.
Who better than a group of women who have consecrated their lives to the Almighty to remind us that our decisions in November have ethical consequences?Ah, you mean like the entire hierarchy of the Catholic Church?
But my favorite part came near the end when Dionne tartly stated:
Nuns on the Bus will no doubt be criticized from the right for intervening in a political campaign, something that doesn't bother conservatives when religious figures engage on their side.There's that ubiquitous projection again. Those on the left have scathing criticism for the mere act of religious figures or organizations (especially if they are Christian ones) merely state their positions -- even the official positions of the Church ... in the context of a political campaign. Unless, of course, it backs up the Leftist message.
Those on the right, such as myself, may criticize the Nuns on the Bus -- but it would be on the substance of their positions, not on the mere fact that they have some sort of religious cred and dare to speak.
They're either right about things, or wrong about things.
But it's the left that constantly runs to tout credentials over substance -- because they don't want to have the argument. They just want to point at the "expert" that agrees with them and say "the debate is over".
The "Nuns" did say that they spoke at the Democratic Convention on condition that they could say they're Pro-Life, and I applaud them for sticking up for that, at least.
But E.J. thinks we should listen to the parts of their message he agrees with and buy into it because, hey, they're Nuns -- while allowing him to ignore the parts he doesn't like.
The Nuns say they want "Social Justice", which is little more than a Marxist buzzword that sounds good. I mean, who doesn't want social justice, right? But Marxists mean something very specific when they use that term, while the rest of us tend to think of it in general terms.
And they are general terms that are for us to decide, not followers of the Church of St. Karl of Marx. Each of us, individually and in voluntarily formed groups is responsible for helping our fellow man in the ways we see fit. Because you can't have religious freedom when one man's social justice is providing or subsidizing a service with public funds that another group finds morally abhorrent and the State is in charge of administering it.
They don't want separation of Church and State. They want to build the State into the Church.
This basically means Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato . And they call us Fascists.