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The claim was roundly denounced at the America site - all but a couple of the 23 comments called the “apostasy” charge ridiculous, noting among other things that Mrs. Palin was not raised a Catholic, that she has never made any formal repudiation of Catholicism, that a 12-year-old can hardly be fully accountable in the face of her parents (Mr. Winters wrongly called her a “teenager”), that Pentecostalism is not a “total repudiation of the Christian faith” , and that Mr. Winters was comparing the young Sarah’s actions with current defiance of church teaching by such adult Democrats.
Mr. D’Hippolito went hardest on the last point - that liberal Catholics were just seeking “to provide pseudo-theological cover for Catholic liberals who wish to vote for the Democratic ticket of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden. Obama supports legalized abortion while Biden, a Catholic, opposes the Magisterium’s teaching on abortion.”
Mr. D’Hippolito went on to “fisk” another anti-Palin September commentary from a liberal Catholic. Garry Wills wrote in the New York Times that the Alaska governor is unfit for the vice presidential spot because “she was [among other things] … a mother of an unwed and pregnant 17-year-old.”
“What does an unwed daughter’s pregnancy have to do with any candidate’s qualifications and fitness for office? Moreover, why do liberals who criticize conservatives for obsessing about sexual matters in politics suddenly display the same obsession?” Mr. D’Hippolito wrote, noting that when President Clinton was investigated for perjury and obstruction of justice surrounding the Paula Jones sexual-harassment suit, Mr. Wills went ad hominem on Special Prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr.
What side of the political spectrum made a cliche of the title phrase mentioned in the next sentence?
In a post titled “No Justice, No Peace?” Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit, takes aim at the liberal media’s latest round of caterwauling, noting that “we’ve had nearly 8 years of lefty assassination fantasies about George W. Bush, and Bill Ayers’ bombing campaign is explained away as a consequence of him having just felt so strongly about social justice, but a few people yell things at McCain rallies and suddenly it’s a sign that anger is out of control in American politics? It’s nice of McCain to try to tamp that down … but, please, can we also note the staggering level of hypocrisy here? (And that’s before we get to the Obama campaign’s thuggish tactics aimed at silencing critics.)”
In another post, Mr. Reynolds began to scratch the iceberg of all the liberal assassination fantasies about Mr. Bush, which “various people, oddly, deny that such existed. Try Death of a President by Gabriel Range, or Nicholson Baker’s novel, Checkpoint, just to start. Similar Obama assassination fantasies, should they appear, won’t get this kid-glove treatment from Big Media, I suspect. ‘It is not the first time a novelist has chosen fiction to express their point of view about American society or politics. Upton Sinclair did it. So did John Steinbeck. Nick Baker does it with more nerve and fewer pages.’ ”
Updates reminded readers of the play “I’m Going to Kill the President”, which Salon called “one of the most amusing plays currently running in New York … a madcap farce about terrorism and apathy in John Ashcroft’s America whose performance may or may not be a federal offense.” And a frame capture from CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” showing a picture of Mr. Bush and the caption “Snipers Wanted.”
Mr. Reynolds also linked to an example of current liberal anger, detailed by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. And to the media response.
“All week we’ve heard about how angry and mean the Republicans are because of 4 or 5 hecklers at the McCain-Palin rallies,” wrote Mr. Hoft. “Tonight: Leftists at the Philadelphia Flyers game booed Sarah Palin, her daughter Willow, and her 6 year-old daughter Piper as they went on the ice to drop the first puck of the season.”
After showing a video clip, Mr. Hoft mockingly wonders aloud: “Surely, the liberal media who have been all over the entire ‘angry’ GOP this week … will condemn these leftist thugs for attacking a 6 year-old little girl? The New York Times is upset of course: With Sarah Palin.”
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