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A Growing Rift Between Religious Groups And The GOP

I’ve never understood how people who call themselves Christians can belong to the Republican Party. I read the Bible many years ago and seem to remember lessons that taught me to care for my fellow humans, to show compassion, to turn the other cheek and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

That doesn’t exactly describe the modern Republican Party now does it?

With the craziness happening in the political world over contraception, the following story from ThinkProgress makes me think that the GOP is overcompensating in their reaction to the contraceptive issue.

Earlier this month, the nation was barraged with media coverage of the Catholic Bishops’ opposition to regulations promulgated under the Affordable Care Act protecting working women’s access to contraception. The loudness of the bishops’ complaints, which were echoed by conservative luminaries ranging from Speaker John Boehner to GOP presidential frontrunners Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, easily could have conveyed the misimpression that churches and other religious groups are at odds with the Affordable Care Act.

On Friday, however, a broad coalition of religious organizations filed an amicus brief supporting the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that should give the lie to any claim that the faith community opposes the ACA. The brief includes a number of major religious denominations, including the policy arm of the United Methodist Church, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church. Additionally, the brief’s signatories include a wide range of Catholic groups:

Benedictine Sisters, Boerne, Texas; Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Texas; Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, New York; Dominican Sisters of Hope; Justice and Peace Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts; Marianist Province of the United States; Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Leadership Team, New Jersey; Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul of New York; Sisters of the Holy Cross Congregation Justice Committee; Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi, Texas; Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Justice Team, Nebraska; Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, Missouri; Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New York; Sisters of St. Dominic Congregation of the Most Holy Name; Society of the Holy Child Jesus, American Province Leadership Team; Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, US Province; JOLT, Catholic Coalition for Responsible Investing; Region VI Coalition for Responsible Investment, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee; School Sisters of Notre Dame Cooperative Investment Fund (emphasis mine)

And I would add that with Rick Santorum and Franklin Graham questioning President Obama’s faith, they are venturing into pretty dangerous waters. It seems to me that by going there, they are shooting off a warning signal to anyone who claims to be a Christian. You better watch out, you might be next!

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

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February 22, 2012 - Posted by | Health Care Reform, Human Rights, Politics, President Barack Obama, Republican Party | , ,

7 Comments

  1. keep up the facts! good deal

    Comment by John | February 25, 2012

  2. Rick Santorum trashed John Kennedy’s remarks that as president JFK would keep church and state separate. Does this mean Little Ricky wants to head up a theocracy???

    Comment by grantinhouston | February 26, 2012

  3. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word are the most liberal nuns I have ever met.

    Comment by Maike Hudson | February 26, 2012

    • I used to work for the Sisters of Charity at St. Joseph’s Hospital while I was a student at U of Houston. I preferred working for the Holy Cross Sisters in South Bend, IN where I had worked before transferring down here to Texas. The nuns in South Bend were often the daughters of UAW Studebaker workers and were pro labor. Even without a union we had many of the benefits of organized labor. By contrast, the sisters here in Houston tended to go into the Incarnate Word order as young teens in Ireland and were a bit mystical, thinking because they had taken vows of poverty, we lay workers should do the same with wages being significantly less in Texas than in Indiana.

      Rick Santorum is an anomaly compared to most American Catholics I know. Even in my family, I have four Catholic nieces and nephews born through “in vitro” procedures which the Vatican allows. However, with the radical Republicans promoting “personhood” laws, such a practice could be felonious since there are a few more fertilized eggs still “in the freezer” that may never be implanted. Santorum represents a small minority of ultra-conservative Roman Catholics like those following Domino’s Pizza CEO Tom Monaghan who has founded Ave Maria University in Florida.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave_Maria_University

      The Catholic Church has a growing number of lapsed Catholics maybe due to the “snobbish” Obama universities teaching that evil critical thinking! The Church’s growth in Houston is increasingly among Latin and Vietnamese immigrants. But even among Hispanics, groups like evangelical Protestants, Mormons, and Jehovah Witnesses are making inroads among former Catholics, with possibly as high as 30% having left the Catholic fold. Houston even has a Roman Catholic Charismatic Church where Catholics can “speak in tongues” just as Pentecostals might do. in order to “compete”!

      Comment by grantinhouston | February 27, 2012

  4. I love this political cartoon by Houston Chronicle’s Nick Anderson:

    Comment by grantinhouston | February 28, 2012

  5. Newt Gingrich is coming down now on the side of the Christian “dominionists” who wish to fuse church and state:

    http://www.thenation.com/article/166481/newts-last-prayer-christian-dominionists-go-gingrich?rel=emailNation

    Comment by grantinhouston | February 28, 2012

  6. The modern Republican Party is such a bizarre hodge-podge. It’s as if the Elephant has become a magnet for intellectually-suspect bigots everywhere. If they weren’t so offensive, they’d be amusing!

    Comment by Pragmatic Hoosier | March 9, 2012


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