November 27, 2009

Guarding the State in the Church

Justin Katz

The person who brought my attention to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's scheduled appearance at Central Congregational Church, in Providence, this Sunday, suggested that the politician is likely to face a very friendly audience as he gives his national healthcare pitch. It's all too obvious to wonder what might be the reaction were a right-of-center politician giving a political presentation at a more conservative church, but it's curious the effect that the event's being held by a religious organization can have on political opponents.

My own religious observation would cause me to miss this particular gathering, anyway, but I have to admit a reluctance to crash an event on somebody else's holy ground, as it were. Even with explicit permission from the church's leaders, there would feel something surreptitious about attending as political opposition.

Others with challenging questions for the senator might not share my inhibitions.

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So wait... This is wrong? But it is ok for the Catholic bishop to publically atack a congreeman. Right-wingers are so blatent in the right-wingness...

Posted by: Dave at November 27, 2009 9:19 PM

I didn't say it was wrong.

Posted by: Justin Katz at November 27, 2009 9:23 PM

Ah yes, no matter how many times you tell a left winger that it as PATRICK that brought the matter to the public eye, they'll still insist the Bishop is the one who attacked Patrick.

I guess the 200 hours or so that aired over the radio waves and TV spots just didn't hit the spot and plant the truth in the grey matter.

Pretty soon, Whitehouse will be giving his talk to a closed audience of Reed, Langevin and Kennedy. No one else wants to listen to him flap his unflappable mind on this subject regardless of the position taken by his constituents.

Posted by: Roland at November 27, 2009 11:05 PM
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