Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Hypocrisy of Theological Liberals on Church-State Separation

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is a liberal Catholic who demands that the Catholic Bishops support openly her liberal political agenda both where it is in harmony with Church teaching and where it openly conflicts with Church teaching. She is uninhibited in trying to get the Catholic Bishops behind the Democratic Party's legislative agenda.

Yet, every time we turn around liberals scream "Theocracy" when conservative Christians support a Republican initiative, even though conservatives are not as captive to the Republican agenda as liberals are to the Democratic agenda.

The hypocrisy of liberals on this issue is revolting. Every religion has the right to influence public policy in any way it can using the democratic process. No religion has the right to impose its own beliefs on anybody by force. But neither abolishing abortion or universal health care are policies based on any one denomination or religion. They both claim to be based on universal human rights recognized by everyone regardless of creed. So the attempt to dismiss conservative attempts to influence politics comes down to a biased belief that only liberals should have the right to be involved in politics and conservatives are second-class citizens with no democratic rights.

From Thomas Peters has a summary of Pelosi's hypocrisy:
You know things are bad when Jay Leno thinks Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic faith is grounds for a good joke:

Nancy Pelosi told Catholic leaders they need to support the Democrat version of immigration reform. They need to preach the Democrat line from the pulpits. She would have said more to them but she had to leave to attend a big rally for the separation of Church and state.

Leno is referring to this speech Nancy Pelosi gave to a gathering of liberal catholycs in Washington DC some time ago (organized by the National Catholic Reporter, of course):


“The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me and say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform,’” disclosed Pelosi. “And I say, ‘But I want you to speak about it from the pulpit.’

Let’s rewind and play that back: she wanted the bishops to preach this from the pulpit.

So why do we not hear the ACLU screaming about separation of church and state when Pelosi makes statements like this? Why do columnists from the New York Times not wring their hands and murmur about Taliban-Democrats? Why does the Left not protest the imposition of Catholic views on a "secular" society when those views are left-wing?

Well, I think we know the answer, which can be summed up in two words: bias and hypocrisy.

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