The world according to Kerry

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | 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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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