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the usual suspects

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 08, 2008

Accused anthrax terrorist Bruce Ivins was a Catholic, whose wife has been involved in the pro-life movement. Therefore, National Public Radio reports, Ivins might have read a letter charging that Senators Daschle and Leahy were betraying their Catholic faith, and that letter might have motivated him to send anthrax-laced letters to the two lawmakers.

OK, it's a theory. If he did what he is accused of doing, Ivins was a dangerously troubled man. Unless or until we know what motivated him, every plausible hypothesis should be explored.

But notice how quickly NPR drew the connecting lines (in pencil, I admit) between the pro-life views of the Ivins family and the anthrax mailings-- without a shred of hard evidence. Daschle and Leahy are both conventionally liberal, with matching positions on dozens of other contentious issues. But how much attention do you suppose you could command for a theory that Ivins was enraged by the legislators' stance on, say, the NAFTA treaty?

Count on it: Within 10 days, some pundit somewhere will cite this theory in an editorial, arguing that anyone who questions the religious commitment of pro-abortion Catholic legislators is encouraging terrorists. And count on this, too: Within another week, dozens of Catholic priests will invoke that argument to explain why they do not mention abortion in their homilies.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2008 8:12 PM ET USA

    You are such an optimist......you think it will take a week????? how about the same day...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2008 6:32 AM ET USA

    Oh, that priests would preach about something other than sex! Anything else. Brett Favre!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 08, 2008 11:29 PM ET USA

    And why is it that Catholic priests never preach against pre-marital sex, adultery, pornography, and homosexual activity? Surely, they are not afraid of offending someone, could it?

  • Posted by: Art Kelly - Aug. 08, 2008 11:29 PM ET USA

    And why is it that Catholic priests never preach against pre-marital sex, adultery, pornography, and homosexual activity? Surely, they are not afraid of offending someone, could it?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 08, 2008 10:12 AM ET USA

    "Within another week, dozens of Catholic priests will invoke that argument to explain why they do not mention abortion in their homilies." Ah yes, we don't preach on abortion for fear of inciting terrorism, which comes in 5th place in the list of fears. In first place, but never mentioned, is the fear of losing that nice cushion in the rectory budget for travel; 2nd place is meals; 3rd place is "other amenities".

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