Pelosi's split personality
A pesky young pro-life journalist confronts Nancy Pelosi with a tough question. Jane McGrath of CNSNews.com reminds the Speaker that she had referred to Jesus as the “Word made Flesh.” When did that event occur, McGrath asked? That is, “when did the Word get the right to life?”
“Whenever it was,” said Pelosi, “we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”
You get the Speaker’s point. She’ll talk about the sanctity of human life when she’s in church, not when she’s out in the political world. As a Catholic she supports the right to life. As a politician she doesn't. It's not so much an inconsistency as a contraction; not so much a contradiction as a form of schizophrenia.
Here we have reached the final stop for a logical train that was has been chugging down the tracks since John F. Kennedy made his notorious “Houston speech” before the 1960 election. JFK promised that he would not allow Church teachings to influence his political decisions: his religion was to be a private matter, stripped of public consequences. The train gained momentum as Cuomo, Ferraro, Kerry and others took greater and greater precautions to isolate their professed religious beliefs from their actual political stands.
Still how could you possibly guarantee that religious doctrines will have absolutely no influence on those who profess them? Only by assuring the public that the professed believer doesn’t know what his faith teaches. Angels might hesitate to go there, but the Speaker rushes in. Pelosi informs us that once she’s outside the walls of church, she can’t even tell us what she believes when she’s inside. The bifurcation is complete: the political actor doesn’t even know what the religious believer believes.
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Posted by: monemur -
Aug. 05, 2010 11:16 AM ET USA
Pelosi and her sycophants in the Jesuit order in SF who influence her are "Catholic incompetent."
Posted by: Miss Cathy -
Aug. 05, 2010 4:43 AM ET USA
What a great idea! I hope every Pastor and every Bishop makes it a point to bring up the question and answer this question at every opportunity until it sinks in that, yes, every human person has the unalienable right to life from the moment of conception.
Posted by: voxfem -
Aug. 04, 2010 9:54 PM ET USA
She can't answer it straightforwardly. She knows life begins at conception but to admit it would take courage and humility.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Aug. 04, 2010 7:30 PM ET USA
What you are describing is a serious mental disorder!
Posted by: DrJazz -
Aug. 04, 2010 4:16 PM ET USA
The original question needs to be asked at every one of her press conferences, and in every one of her interviews, until she answers it straightforwardly.