Murder in the Cathedral

As has been written lately, in the 1960 Presidential election, JFK had to prove that he wouldn’t take orders from the Pope. But in the 2004 election, JFK will have to prove that he will take orders from the Pope.

Fascist FunDumbMentalists are increasingly using an ages-old religio-political tool to influence the state: Giving communion to politicians the church approves of and publicly threatening to withhold it from those it doesn’t (or at least intimidating them into not taking it).

The latest (but not the first nor the last) is « New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey », who …

’… at odds with the Roman Catholic Church over his support for abortion rights, said Wednesday he will honor the wishes of the Newark archbishop and not receive communion. Archbishop John J. Myers said in a statement that abortion rights supporters should not seek communion when they attend Mass. Myers stopped short of saying that priests would refuse to serve it to Catholics who disagree with the church’s position. … The governor said he is committed to both his Catholic faith and his pro-choice stance on abortion and believes strongly in the separation of church and state. “I believe it’s a false choice in America between one’s faith and constitutional obligation,” McGreevey said.’

Indeed it is.

Of course, McGreevey is a Democrat, which means that the FFs are out to score political points. I wonder what would have happened if former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman, a pro-choice Republican, had been a Catholic? I’m betting on nothing, nothing at all …