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The world according to Kerry

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 30, 2004

Passing thoughts on the Democratic candidate's nomination speech:

1) Kerry said that in Boston, the Democratic delegates were meeting "only a few blocks from where the Sons and Daughters of Liberty gave birth to our nation." There was a very important group known as the Sons of Liberty in Boston. The word "daughters" wasn't in the name, nor were women included in that group. (Then again, if you're going to "give birth" to something, I suppose it makes sense to get women involved!) Kerry took the ICEL approach: but to distort history than to offend feminists.

2) Kerry suggested that the commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother," is God's way of telling us to raise federal government spending on the elderly. Actually, isn't it more plausibly read as a reminder that we should care for our parents-- not ask the government to do it?

3) Kerry said that he does not "wear my own faith on my sleeve." Well now that's 100% true.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2004 11:23 AM ET USA

    Altar Boy: I'd be honored to have you as acolyte at my Mass any time !

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 30, 2004 8:39 PM ET USA

    In my book, saying you do not wear your faith on your sleeve constitutes wearing your faith on your sleeve.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 30, 2004 6:21 PM ET USA

    "...where the Sons and Daughters of Liberty gave birth to our nation." What an intriguing way for a Catholic politician, who at the very least is passively In favor of abortion, to put it! If this double-minded man gets into the presidency the USA may still be in peril from a very late-term "terrmination of pregnancy!"

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    So, now we know that besides being a phony Catholic, an aldulterer, a flip-flopping liar and a promoter of infanticide, Mr. Kerry was sleeping during his American history class.