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Double standard: illustration # 13,909

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

Suppose President Bush gave the sermon at St. Patrick's cathedral...

Can you imagine the howls of protest if a Catholic church heard a sermon from a Republican president? The anguished editorials about the separation of Church and state? The hand-wringing about fundamentalism and a looming theocracy?

So where are all the editorials about this?

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: - Sep. 01, 2004 7:59 AM ET USA

    Sure, have a known rapist preach in church. We've already got child molesters and sodomites doing it.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 31, 2004 11:15 AM ET USA

    Gil if based on you case, then any priest can make the same comments during a homily since they are not running for office. But they don't because fo the "church-state" and IRS implications.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 30, 2004 6:33 PM ET USA

    Actually, since Clinton isn't running for anything there's nothing wrong with this from the IRS or the "church-state" business. What is wrong is that virtually any Democratic candidate you can name spends many if not most of his Sundays preaching in black churches with complete impunity.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 4:19 PM ET USA

    This is the perfect “church” for Clinton and his ilk. No faith structure or defined dogma, a moral code built on relativism, and no disciplinary rules. Do you suppose he spoke on the evils of tobacco—especially cigars? Nah. More likely, with his wife present in the congregation, he stayed away from that tawdry subject and, instead, opined on his talent (as former Democrat senator Bob Kerrey so wonderfully put it) as an uncommonly good liar. BTW: Clinton in St. Patrick’s? I don’t think so.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 11:21 AM ET USA

    DOUBLE STANDARD, as usual. Why didn't they just invite Satan in to give the harangue ? Such "churches" are spiritually, theologically, and morally, bankrupt. The RC Church USA is hastening down the same garden path.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 10:27 AM ET USA

    Okay, put together an article or tell me how to put in a complaint to the IRS on this and I will do it. If you can educate us how to do this publicly, maybe more people will also do it. Less talk more action!