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Catholic professors blast Boehner's record over cuts to poor
May 11th, 2011
07:27 PM ET

Catholic professors blast Boehner's record over cuts to poor

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - When House Speaker John Boehner steps up to the podium at the Catholic University of America's commencement on Saturday, he'll be tap dancing around the line between faith and politics.

On Wednesday, a group of 70 professors, priests, nuns and others from the Washington university and other Catholic colleges around the country fired off a letter calling Boehner on the carpet for what they say is his lack of support of legislation for the poor.

"Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it," the letter reads.

Boehner, Catholic by faith and Republican by party, was able to garner enough votes in the House for the passage of HR 1, the House budget proposal that has drawn the ire of many religious leaders.

The group of professors said the proposed cuts in the budget to Medicare, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program and food stamps "guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society."

Along with their letter they sent the speaker the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a Vatican document on the teachings of the Catholic prepared in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The compendium cites specific guidance for lawmakers: "Those who exercise political authority must see to it that the energies of all citizens are directed towards the common good; and they are to do so not in an authoritarian style but by making use of moral power sustained in freedom."

Stephen F. Schneck is a professor at the Catholic University of America and director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies. He is one of the signers of the letter and said the impetuous for it took root early in the budget debate.

"It was probably the contrast between what the bishops were telling us about paying attention to the needs of the poor and the actual budget that passed through the House of Representatives," Schneck said.

"One of the most ancient teachings of Christianity is preferential treatment of the poor, and it seemed that in the way in which the ... budget tried to address the deficit and the debt, it was particularly targeting programs that serve the poor," Schneck said.

"We thought that was an inappropriate balancing of the various interests of society. It seems to us these examples that we gave were illustrations of what were really egregious targeting of really valuable programs to the poorest and most vulnerable people in America."

Schneck and the other signatories on the letter are urging Boehner to join with a group of religious leaders who have been calling for a "Circle of Protection" to be formed around federal programs for the poor. That group grew out of what some have said are liberal Christian activist groups but in recent weeks has grown to include a broad scope of Protestant, Catholic and evangelical leaders.

“Lawmakers need to understand what a circle of protection means," Jim Wallis, the head of Sojourners, said on a conference call with reporters last week about the effort. "It means if you come after the poor, you will have to come and go through us first."

The coalition of religious leaders behind the "Circle of Protection" also has drawn the ire of conservative media outlets.

Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program last month, "A favorite tactic of the left, you know, when it suits them they'll talk about Jesus Christ. When they can convince or try to convince everybody Jesus Christ was the patron saint of liberalism, then they will herald Jesus Christ."

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the commencement address won't wade into the political battle over the budget. "The speaker will be delivering a personal, non-political message at the Catholic University of America that he hopes will speak to all members of the graduating class, regardless of their backgrounds or affiliations," he said in a statement to CNN.

"He is deeply honored to have been invited by CUA to address the school's graduating class and is looking forward to receiving an honorary degree from the only Catholic college in our country that is chartered by Catholic bishops,” the statement continued.

Steel also noted that an editorial in the student newspaper heralded the school's choice of commencement speaker.

Boehner is not the first Catholic politician to face criticism over how his politics and prayers mesh. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, was denied communion over his support for abortion rights, which some bishops said was in direct violation of the church's teachings.  Then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island Democrat, found himself in a similar row with his bishop in 2009 over abortion and was barred from receiving communion.

Schneck said any notion of whether Boehner's support for budget cuts would merit a withholding of communion is an "issue above my pay grade" and better left for a pastor, not a professor, to decide.

"I think the issue of a violation is one between him and God, but it seems the budget that has gone through the House of Representatives seems to be at odds with what should be the approach congruent with Catholic social teachings," Schneck said.

He also said the professors will not be disrupting the speech in any way and that their efforts were merely educational.

"Our efforts are to reach out to the speaker and hope to persuade him to think about endorsing the circle of protection."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,057 Responses)
  1. Justin

    Will the tea Party now start calling the Catholic church a flaming left wing liberal orginazation? If they keep moving the purity line to be conservative further and further to the right they are going to eventually wind up with three supporters because everyone else in the country will be too far to the left!

    May 12, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Frogist

      @Justin: Of course not. They need them for the vote. So they will isolate these "few" as outliers. However, I suspect a large number of Catholics will still support them just on their abortion stance alone.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  2. keylargo

    This is record breaking....never before have I agreed with the Catholic priests, you can be sure I won't be making it a habit.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  3. Techno Viking

    When a one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called religion.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Adam

      When one of them bites you, you turn into Jesus Zombie. Remember, remove the head or destroy the brain!

      May 12, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Uncivilised Norse

      And if a person has develops self-obsession, it's called Narcism. When a handful of people suffer self-obsession, it's called Atheism.

      May 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Uncivilised Norse

      has develop*

      May 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  4. SqueakyVoice

    America is NOT a Christian nation. Republicans and Teapublicans and Democrats can say it is all they want, but actions speak louder than words. Boehner and his compadres do not serve the Lord they proclaim to believe in, but rather their corporate masters whose money has yoked their collective souls. A simple stint in a confessional isn't going to get them into Heaven.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  5. Shaka Flexx

    In the spirit of the proposed Republican budget, I am henceforth rationing meals served to my children, as well as clothing to reduce my budget deficit. Also, as an icentive to myself to work harder to increase our financial resources, I am increasing my weekly beer money allowance. The budget will be balanced in no time!

    May 12, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • keylargo

      Good one, I may use that one myself one day!

      May 12, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  6. Code

    I am most pleased that the Catholics appear to be waking up to what the Republicans are doing.

    The problem isn't Boehner. He is just a puppet with the racist Tea Bagger"s hand gently guiding him.

    If you truly love your grandma and the poor and Jesus, then you simply cannot support the Republican Party.

    Cheers!

    May 12, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  7. CNNGeek

    If the Catholics think there is a problem with the cuts proposed, then they can make up the difference. Don't make me pay for what the Catholics think should be in the budget, good lord.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Floyd

      So you are displeased there is a large, influential voice trying to push the government to help the poor? Would you rather no one help the poor? You hate poor people? That is very odd, sad and must be humiliating for you to admit that in public.

      May 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  8. according to the bible...

    Christians should stay out of politics. Jesus said his followers were "no part of this world" just as his kingdom is "no part of this world". He was specifically talking about politics.

    "Kingdom" = "Government". Citizens of this Kingdom that preach on its behalf are "ambassadors" and "envoys" for that government. Ambassadors and envoys do not meddle in local politics. They pay taxes, tribute, and honor to these local governments rendering to "Caesar that which is Caesars", but look to Christ and the Kingdom of God as the solution to mankind's problems.

    The psalmist rightly spoke "put not your trust in nobles... nor in earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs".

    May 12, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • Bible Analyst

      Christians should stay out of politics. Jesus said his followers were "no part of this world" just as his kingdom is "no part of this world". He was specifically talking about politics.

      "Kingdom" = "Government".

      Excellent an-alysis and equation. No wonder you excelled in recess and Flag Ceremony during grade school.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • No One Is Safe

      @bible analyst: kudos... really didn't see it coming. well-played!

      May 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  9. Republicans - "The not Intened to be factually accurate Party"

    No one who genuinely believes in Jesus, heaven, living a "christian life" can support the nasty, underhanded, lying behavior of SOME Republicans. Those who expect to have to truly face God need to be able to say " I was your good and faithful servant Lord".

    Kinda hard to do that and not be deemed a liar if you`ve delighted in, profit from, or passively allowed, the misery of others.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  10. Eric

    If you're a true "christian" then you must be a socialist but christians don't seem to care about the suffering of others, they just want more money, which is fine because there is no place in heaven for the rich anyways.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Adelina

      True Christians give away everything and at the same time have the finest wisdom to keep higher standard of living to improve everyone else's life. Eric, don't be such a simpleton in thinking.

      May 12, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Jake

      Adelina–Do you believe in dinosaurs or Jesus?

      May 12, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  11. myklds

    Government and Churches must work hand in hand to alleviate poverty.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • Adam

      I wouldn't trust the Gov and Churches to work together to screw in a lightbulb.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Serpent

      You can screw your lightbulb to eve.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • eve

      Screw your lightbulb in your ass! BTW..it's not lighting, it's busted!

      May 12, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • myklds

      @Adam..We could see good in all things, all we have to do is to open our minds.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  12. Adelina

    Religious leaders always heal the toxic societies and redirect them for the better. Decision makers should always listen to religious leaders' godly, sane advices.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Religious leaders are all charlatans and liars and should be shunned and totally ignored.

      May 12, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • Adelina

      H-A-A-, you are wrong. They are most sacrificial, intelligent people. They fed us, healed us and educated us. You communists should shut up in America.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • Ernie D

      How many more decades will it take before your Christianity overcomes those nassty communists in China, Adelina?
      You know, the place you are not fixing? You live there but I see communism is still going strong.
      Where is your Christian power? They have you segregated and watched. You are oppressed. They have the weapons.
      And now the communists have more money. What did you get? Nothing but more oppression.
      Why live there? Why not move to a better place?

      May 12, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • Adelina

      Ernie, Christians in China are still much oppressed and they don't possess much power, humanly speaking. Reforms take time. You have a good foundation and you must stay free for the rest of us mankind.

      May 12, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • Ernie D

      We are not free. We are oppressed here as well.
      It is the Christian extremists who want to oppress us further. They hate our freedoms.
      They even want to oppress other Christians. No one is safe from them.
      This is not China. This is the USA. Many things are different here.
      Money drives our Christians to evil things. Greed has destroyed our country already.
      Greed is destroying the communists in China, too. They take away your freedoms because it is easier than doing what is right.
      One day they will fall and you will have a bit of freedom. Then someone else will take away your freedoms very quickly.
      Maybe new communists will take over. Maybe things will relax in China.
      But right now they are suffering from greed just like the communists in Russia.
      Communism has nothing in it to address the problem of personal greed.
      That is why they will fail. Your leaders already have violated communism.
      When everyone figures out how dumb you are all being, then maybe you can stand up and change your country in a more rational and humane way and put communism away as a failed ideology.
      But Christianity is also a failed ideology. It is not something you can use to run a country.
      To think otherwise is to fail in discernment. Keep your religion out of your government or become what you hate.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:26 am |
    • Adelina

      Um... Ernie, I don't live in China. Thanks. Anything is better than your hedonic chaos. Let Christians rule in your country. You secularists are really out of control I feel sorry for your children.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • Adelina

      Ernie, American freedom is no longer freedom but it's moral chaos. Nations despise it. Greed is humanity's innate nature, and only the Fundamentalist Christians whom you hate have realistic analysis and effective methods against it. So listen to what they say.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • Ernie D

      Christians don't have any realistic anything. They are delusional about anything related to their faith.
      That includes you, of course.
      And you Christians have absolutely NO realistic analysis and NO effective methods of ANYTHING!
      How can you be so blind and stupid ?
      Oh, wait. I forgot you're insane. Sorry.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Adelina

      Ernie, yes, they are. Christians are the only humans who are fully aware of the universal, total depravity of mankind and still carry out the sacrificial, intelligent and unlimited love over everyone on earth because of the Divine Savior Lord Jesus. The universe has nothing realistic like Christianity.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • wipe0ut

      @Eric..

      Haven't you notice that while your balls has grown into the size of pumpkins, you dick has cringe like a silk worm?

      Do you realise that when all believers will pee all of you Atheists will surely get drowned by it? Likewise, when all of them will fart, it will simply blow all of you to timbukto, don't you?

      May 12, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  13. Dogod

    The churches will find out soon enough the repugs only want the money, then to he11 with them. Stupid is as stupid does, and repugs are the handmaidens of Satan

    May 12, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  14. Dogod

    All religions should be taxed like the rest of us sheep, any body fir mutton.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  15. Reality

    Christian churches to include the RCC have many assets especially in real estate. Considering these religions no longer have any valid reason to function, they should sell off these assets and donate the money to the one of the US's poorest organizations i.e. the Federal government which in the red to the tune of $14 trillion dollars

    May 12, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Adelina

      Reality, give up. China owns USA. Communists will like your stupid propaganda.

      May 12, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • No One Is Safe

      > Reality, give up. China owns USA. Communists will like your stupid propaganda.

      Adelina, give up. Atheists own reality (no relation). Idiots will like your stupid propaganda.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  16. Reality

    Christian churches to include the RCC have many assets especially in real estate. Considering these religions no longer have any valid reason to function, they should sell of these assets and donate the money to the one of the US's poorest organizations i.e. the Federal government which in the red to the tune of $14 trillion dollars.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • tbrnotb

      Tax the churches! That will solve our deficits!

      May 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  17. RightturnClyde

    It is not the responsibility of the government to give alms to the poor but the Catholic church and other churches could (and do). THAT is true separation of church and state (which the liberals and atheists seem not to understand). IT OUGHT to be the job of churches and charities to provide hospitals and orphanages and also not the government. ... and NUNS to care for the sick and the poor. Where are the NUNS? They ain't got none .. that's what happens when your attention focuses on OTHER THINGS. During the Civil War all hospitals were private (charities) and as late as 1945 MOST of them were .. and the orphanages and poor houses and disaster relief (Red Cross & Salvation Army .. always). Government's only responsibility is to regulate behavior (crime) and defend us against enemies. Well .. and to support Al Gore's "stem cells" which Gore claims will cure all diseases from athletes feet to tuberculosis. Make the sign of the cross and say fie Hail Mary's in rapid succession. (or simply say "toy boat" ten times.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • civiloutside

      It's the job of who we as a society decide it's a job for.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • Ernie D

      One of the jobs of our government is to provide for the general welfare of all citizens.
      No one can agree on what religions are supposed to be doing, so why trust them with anything like money?

      May 12, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Ahhhhhh

      The government is responsible for general welfare. Your argument that it should not care for the needy is ridiculous. In your world, the police would respond to a shooting and arrest the shooter, and then leave the person shot bleeding on the ground while saying, "I'm sure the church will be here any minute – hang tight."

      May 12, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Ahhhhhh

      OH!!! But you're a muslim, sorry, this is a Catholic community! Let me at least help you off the road so you aren't in people's way while you die.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • sqeptiq

      Clyde, the churches are doing as much as possible, particularly the catholics, but they can't do it all. Thus we find a break point: the Democrats say government needs to pick up the slack and the Republicans say tough luck, it's every man, woman and child for themselves.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Elizabeth

      Governments "only job" is to do what we tell it to do, we're a democracy. If we tell it to help the poor, it does as we direct it to. There is no Biblical mandate for what the government is or is not supposed to do, your concept of government is your OPINION but your OPINION is not the only one in this country. The government is to reflect the values of America – strong, just, and a place free of oppression. It will not allow people to starve or die of easily correctible diseases, at least not in my name so you can have your darwinistic America.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • tbrnotb

      And then your ilk decided that hospitals and a whole host of services had to make a PROFIT! What would your je-sus think of that!

      May 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  18. Cindy Simpson

    Hooray! Thank God the Catholics are standing up! The Republicans are, really, drawing their last breaths. That are the disgusting, pathetic toadies of radical corporatism. We will survive the Koch Brothers and their ilk.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • gerald

      But nearly 1 million babies won't survive the dems. It is gravely evil to vote for pro-abortion politiicians. Further when one considers that 70% of the money for welfare goes to admin costs, Catholics should not be supporting public welfare, but providing support for the poor through charitable organizations.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Kilgore Trout

      gerald,

      Respectively, you're an idiot. "It is gravely evil to vote for pro-abortion politicians[?]" You've got to be kidding! So, vote for anyone who is antiabortion? Even if that person wants to bring death and destruction to other segments of the population: African-Americans, women who commit adultery, anyone who is different than you? You really believe that this should be the “litmus test?” Do you even know what a “litmus test” is?

      Please cite your references for your assertion that “70% of the money for welfare goes to admin costs,” since this is factually incorrect.

      gerald, intelligence is a gift that is wasted on the ignorant.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Gerald cares only for fetuses. Living breathing people can just go to he11 in his world.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      You seem to have plenty of money ... why haven't the feds taken it yet? You have a computer and you are literate (how dare you for holding out on the poor?) You have electricity too. You are selfish. You could be well fed and and idle (not working until you drop) .. you could be working for the poor instead of wasting your time babbling on a comment section.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      70% of abortions in the USA are had by believers. If they really wanted to significantly reduce the number of abortions, all they have to do is follow their own tribal beliefs. No politicians or changes to current laws are required – just non-hypocritical living!

      May 12, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • gerald

      HotAir,

      First of all where do you get your stats. Secondly there is a big difference between someone who goes to church once a year and someone who goes weekly. Most do not regularly attend or know what their Church teaches. Thirdly, not all Christian denominations condemn abortion. ELCA Lutherans, Methodists, presbyterians are a few examples. Not all who call themselves believers actually practice and that is their choice. Taking the life of an innocent baby in it's mothers womb should not be their choice.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • gerald

      Tallu,

      Why do you think you have the right to put words in my mouth I never said and don't agree with. Liberals seem to have trouble disagreeing without putting in jabs of venomous hatred in my experience.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • gerald

      Kilgore,

      So you think robbing a bank and stealing a cookie are equal? Clearly killing a child is of greater gravity than not providing for a poor person or you would be sinning if you didn't give a nickle to a poor person every time you had an extra. Instead you feel high and mighty gettting the government to extract money from people. That's what you call being charitable. No I think taking care of the poor is a serious matter. Government is not the best way. If you think government is more efficient than private charities then it is not I that is the idiot. If it's not 70% you give me the right number. I am sure you have it in your back pocket.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Alison

      Not voting for someone simply because they are pro-abortion is just ridiculous. That is ONE teeny issue in the grand scheme of things.

      The thing is, the majority of people who have abortions do so because they cannot care for the child, be it physically, emotionally, financially, etc. FORCING them to have that baby is more detrimental to society that allowing them the CHOICE of not having that baby. If someone can't care for their child, guess where they get help? GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS. Organizations that cost money. Organizations that need help from the government to remain active.

      It seems anti-choicers only care about fetuses. Once you're born, you're on your own. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • gerald

      50 million dead babies and counting is a teeny issue? Nutz!

      May 12, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • gerald

      "It seems anti-choicers only care about fetuses. Once you're born, you're on your own. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one."

      By the way why do pro-choicers have such a terrible time with logic. Nothing I said could allow you to draw this conclusion. You are simply a liar who will distort the positions of others to exalt your own bankrupt position.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Mike

      gerald,

      You are a liar. 70% of the money spent on welfare is on admin costs? You pulled that number out of your ass and when challenged on it to provide the source you say prove it otherwise. No. when you make a statement you have to prove it.

      Funny how all these made up statistics always end in nice round numbers.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Frogist

      @gerald: I was curious where HotAirAce got those stats too. So I looked them up. They're from the Guttmacher inst!tute which compiles statistics and trends regarding abortions. And apparently the number is around 70% of women who have abortions identify themselves as having a religious affiliation. Protestants have around 40% of abortions in the US, Catholics about 30%. Shockingly, 1 in 5 women having an abortion considers themselves born again or evangelical. While you might want to dismiss the stats by saing these people were not 'real' Christians, they certainly considered themselves as such. Maybe just as much as you consider yourself one.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • gerald

      Frogy,

      Over 50% of murderers call themselves Christian to. Same with thieves and rapists. Should we legalize these things. The argument is a fallacy and stupid so I don't care what percent of Christians still do it. But liberals seem to have problems with logic.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • tbrnotb

      Republicans and conservatives like gerald only care for fetuses. Once they're born, the heck with 'em. They ain't gonna get a dollar from his sad narled hands.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • gerald

      Trbnob or whatever your handle is again, displaying your lack of logic and willingness to trash anyone who doesn't agree with you with lies about their character again are you? You like the government doing your charity for you it seems. i.e. ripping money out of someone else's pocket makes you feel good about yourself.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  19. David Johnson

    I am most pleased that the Catholics appear to be waking up to what the Republicans are doing.

    The problem isn't Boehner. He is just a puppet with the racist Tea Bagger"s hand gently guiding him.

    If you truly love your grandma and the poor and Jesus, then you simply cannot support the Republican Party.

    Cheers!

    May 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      Is there anything keeping you from selling all you have and devoting your life to the mentally ill? Or the lame. Or the cannabis impaired? Those who have lost their mind sniffing paint propellant?

      May 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Mountaineer

      I really don't think the Catholics have waken up as much as the cuts proposed hurts their own pocket books. Too many times, they allow the Cardinals to persuade their votes, and usually pro-republican. Don't think this will change.

      May 12, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  20. (required)

    Boehner was a poor choice on everyone's part: his parents, his voters, the gop, the catholics, and anyone who chooses him for stuff he is unable to do – like act in anyone's interest but his own.
    If Catholics want to threaten him or ra=pe him, feel free, but Boehner is on the take, and only money will get you the results you require.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • doctore0

      Faith-heads blasting humans... when they should be blasting the magic man.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • gerald

      Liberals seem to feel the need to demonize and distort everyone they disagree with rather than try to understand even if they don't agree.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • tbrnotb

      So gerald, we need to understand peole like you who vote for those who run our country into the ground and just care about greed? What a joke you conservatives are.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • gerald

      It's difficult to discuss with liberals. They thrive on emotion and ad hom and throw rationality and logic out the door. WE ARE BANKRUPT. HELLO. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE CUT OR WE WILL NOT HAVE AN ECONOMY TO HELP THE POOR.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • gerald

      tbrnot,

      What you need is a lobotomy.

      May 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Sid

      tbrnotb, yeah, gerald's right. If you get a lobotomy, you'll be able to think just like a tea party member.

      May 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
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