Wednesday, January 08, 2014

What does anti-Catholic bigotry look like in 2014? It looks like THIS...

The Know Nothings aren't dead. They live on in one Jamie Stiehm, a writer for the Creator's Syndicate, a news service circulating a wide variety of columnists.

Here's what Ms. Stiehm wrote--and which someone else, either at the Creator's Syndicate, or U.S. News, saw fit to publish yesterday: The Catholic Supreme Court’s War on Women.

She accuses Justice Sonia Sotomayor of making a recent decision--regarding the HHS contraception mandate--because of her loyalties to her Catholic Faith, and not dispassionately and fairly on the basis of law. This is part of her characterization (witness the headline) of a "Catholic Supreme Court"--all but asserting that the "Rock of Rome" has extended its reach all the way from the Tiber to the Potomac, and is dictating outcomes on the Supreme Court.

But please don't take my word for it. Go read for yourself. It's so incredibly stupid. And I don't use the word "stupid" lightly; but what else do you call something that makes assertions of fact that are so easily contradicted?

Consider the obvious fact that the various members of this supposed Catholic cabal have all voted against each other on the very issue of abortion and whether to uphold Roe v. Wade?

Who, in his or her right mind, thinks President Obama would appoint Justice Sotomayor in order to pursue such an agenda?

To accuse anyone in public office of this sort of dishonesty and corruption is pretty serious. Most normal people would place the burden of proof on the accuser, no? 

So what proof has Ms. Stiehm of this accusation? Go find out; or stay here and guess.

Now, this isn't about a difference of opinion. This is ignorant, bigoted clap-trap, and no publication that traffics in it deserves to be taken seriously. 

Let me be clear: U.S. News, and the Creators Syndicate, are welcome to publish a modern-day Know Nothing if they wish. I'm not suggesting a boycott or anything of the sort.

But they then deserve ridicule for being publishers of something on the intellectual level of Jack Chick pamphlets.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Oh, my gosh! I read the link. Someone doesn't like Catholics. :)

But the really big war on women and girls is our sexualized culture that devalues us so much.