Sunday, November 08, 2009

Rightwing Cafeteria Catholics and the Health Care Reform Bill

I'm not necessarily one for having religious faith inform decisively one's public policy positions in a system rooted in separation of Church and State; but for the rightwing theocratic blowhards who make faith a sine-qua-non for their politics, it is illustrative that Cao is the ONLY Republican Catholic in the Louisiana delegation who truly adhere's to the Catholic Church's positions on the issue.

It's not well-publicized, but the Catholic Church has ALWAYS supported universal health care. And with publicly-funded abortions amended out of the bill, rightwing Catholic pretenders like Steve Scalise have NO EXCUSES for voting against the bill.

Scalise is as much a "Cafeteria Catholic" as any other. In fact, he's worse, because he, like many rightwing theocratic blowhards, wears his Catholicism on his sleeve and pretends that his faith is central to informing his public policy positions. When it comes to his Catholic credentials, Scalise is a fraud. (And I'll bet any amount of money that Republican Catholic Senator David Vitter will do just as Scalise did and vote against his Church on the Senate's version of the health insurance reform bill.) Scalise is entitled to his ideological stance against the health insurance reform bill, and I'm sure most of his constituents (many of them rightwing Cafeteria Catholics themselves) oppose the bill; but he should never be taken seriously ever again if and when he pulls out the Catholic card to speak either for or against any public policy initiative or piece of legislation.


Ella from Toronto said...

Hi Huck,

Interesting point of view. Do you know if protestant church has any united opinion about the universal health care? Just curious.


Huck said...

Ella - Thanks for visiting and commenting. My wife is a Baptist, but she attends a progressive Baptist church. From what I can gather, I think the Protestant Church is all over the map regarding universal health care, with some conservative congregations adamantly opposed, while some progressive congregations very supportive.