The Catholic League claims that its aim is to "safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened." But, in reality, it functions as a rather shrill organ of the Republican right, and little more. This is the second in a sequence of posts designed to elucidate its hypocrisy.
This time: the attack on Bob Casey. Casey is a pro-life Democrat who (hopefully) will take Santorum's Pennsylvania Senate seat away from him next month. For the record, Santorum has been listed as one of the three most corrupt Senate members by the Center For Responsibility And Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group. So the Catholic League is in a bind. It wants Santorum reelected, because he is a Republican, but it can't say this in public. And Casey is pro-life, which takes away their most effective weapon. What to do, what to do? Aha! Attack Casey for taking money from Moveon.org, because this organization is not pro-life enough. Call it arms-length abortion support! And let that be a lesson to any other Democrat daring to use the abortion issue for electoral gain! But while we are on the subject of independent partisan groups, what about vicious lies promulgated by the Swift Boaters against Kerry and other Democrats? The tried-and-tested Rove technique? Isn't lying-- engaging in calumny, bearing false witness-- against Church teachings? Or is it the case only when Democrats do it?