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Breitbart’s Ghost: Obama Exploited Catholics By Being Endorsed By Them

Abandon hope all ye who enter hereIt is War on Catholics Day here at your Wonkette HQ, because there is nothing Barack Obama won’t do to Ruin Easter. He hates Catholics so much that he worked for a super-anti-Catholic Catholic Cardinal, at whose Catholic-hating knee he learned to make war on Catholics in the first place. And now Ghost of Breitbart’s The Vetting Two: Moar Vettening reveals even more of his dastardly plan to make war on Catholics by working to enact the Catholics’ anti-Catholic plan for universal healthcare. (Oh yeah, even Pope Nazi, the least favorite pope of “liberal Catholics” as if there could ever even be such a thing, says nations must provide healthcare for their citizenry because it is a moral imperative and one of the “inalienable rights” of man, because he is anti-Catholic too.) Anyhoo, here is how the newest Vettening begins. (Please remove all children and pregnant ladies from the room. Viewer precaution is advised.)

In 1999, then-State Senator Barack Obama invoked the late radical Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who passed away in 1996, to promote a universal health care law he co-sponsored and which Illinois voters had overwhelmingly rejected.

The bill incorporated language directly from the late cardinal’s 1995 pastoral letter, “A Sign of Hope,” which argued for a “fundamental right” to healthcare, reading, in part: “Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.”

You’re right, Ghost Andrew Breitbart, that is PRETTY FUCKING BAD. But is there more? There is more!

Supporters of single payer health care, like Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program, understood Bernardin to be calling for a government takeover of health care. “Cardinal Bernardin wrote on the moral questions we’re talking about,” Dr. Young told the Palm Beach Post on January 4, 1998. “His concept was that human dignity requires an ethic that assures health care to all people in a society.”

Supporters of the so-called “Bernadin Amendment” quickly roped in Dr. Warren Furey, the cardinal’s personal physician and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital.

The law, had it passed, would have forced the state to enact a plan that, in the Orwellian words of the Chicago Tribune, “permits everyone in Illinois to obtain decent health care on a regular basis by 2002.”

We are not sure how those words are “Orwellian.” Neither, presumably, is Charles C. Johnson, the author of this terrifying battlefield report from Obama’s Bloody Siege on the Catholic Church. What else? Blah blah blah, some dick priest endorsed it but he also “housed” Hoodie Congressman Bobby Rush, plus Jan Schakowksi’s husband went to prison once. There is not even any Critical Race Theory in this one, guys! Lame.

Anyway, it ends like this, not with a bang but a whimper:

Catholics–both liberal and conservative–now know that the price of faith in Obama: the destruction of the religious liberty in which all Americans, especially Catholics, believe.

zzzzzzz sorry, what? We have fallen asleep with sadness for what poor dead Breitbart’s “gotchas” have become. Needz moar O’Keefe proving liberal Catholics committed voter fraud by being Catholic or something we don’t know none of it even makes sense anymore. Hoppy Easter! If Obama hasn’t already OUTLAWED IT. [Breitbart'sBigSadness]

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229 comments

        1. V572 Hogan Gidley

          Because in Obstretro-Congre-Doctor Paul's time in medical practice, available care protocols included aspirin, opium, splints, and a bullet to bite on during amputations. Affordable care for all! None of those socialist MRIs or lithotripters.

          1. V572 Hogan Gidley

            “I don’t think he’s gonna make it, Matt.” “Do what you can for him, Doc. Miss Kitty, why don’t you suck his dick once before he dies?”

          1. McDonnellville

            I just got tired of the name & I like change. So I decided on something a little more *ahem* mature. Now I'm trying to find just the right pic to go along with the new alias.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      I think the Ghost of Breitbart was referring to 1984. Goldberg is much more Animal Farm.

      1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

        Interrestingly enough, Chrome's Spell Checker doesn't know Breitbart, but suggests "Breathing" (which doesn't seem appropriate), or Breastfed.

        1. frostbitefalls

          Doughy is a Similac baby if I ever saw one. Can you imagine Mama Lucien pulling out a dug for that child?

    2. Callyson

      look what Tribune Corp. did to the L.A. Times

      Too true–and they actually think people will pay to look at their website. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

      I'll miss David Lazarus, Steve Lopez, and Jane Bryant Quinn, but Jesus…

    3. V572 Hogan Gidley

      The LA Times is now the western neighborhood edition of the World's Greatest Newspaper*, the Chicago Tribune.
      __________________
      *Yes, that's what "WGN" stands for.

  1. Antispandex

    Because Jesus would be angry about healing the sick? Or, Jesus would be mad if no one made a profit healing the sick? I'm not following the "conservative christian logic" on this one.

    1. Groupshrug

      The "logic" is that Jesus did want to heal the sick, but that's what he wants churches to do, not the Government. So their reasoning is that poor people, if they need medical treatment, should get it from religious organizations.

      That's as far as their logic goes. Ask them if they realize just how much money that religious organizations would have to come up with to cover the uninsured in the US and how much of their own money the will be giving to the church that they are such an active member in. Their head will explode faster than a 1960's computer asked to explain what love is.

    2. whatupirondog

      The Lord has granted us the right to die from preventable diseases he created to kill us if we can't afford medicine to fight them.

      PRAISE HIM

    3. tessiee

      Because if anyone, anywhere, has non-reproductive sex (including hoo-hoo checkups), it takes away all the rights of all Christians.

    4. Gainsbourg69

      The logic is simple. Your guy might be bigger than the free market up there, but the free market is bigger than your guy down here.

  2. Ruhe

    Ah, Dr. Quentin Young. I used to live in Chicago and that guy was on the local NPR all the time. As eloquent and determined a spokesman for the rationality of universal, single payer coverage as there ever was.

    1. Designer_Rants

      And it costs a helluvalot less than the E.R. (financially speaking, probably. Not factoring in the emotional costs of your child's ass rapings, and grifting charges [donations] may vary).

  3. slithytoves

    Universal healthcare is, by definition, catholic. The pope hisself should be kissing Obama's feet.

    1. Madam Killjoy

      I wonder how many "friends" I'd loose if I posted your first sentence on my Facebook page for my Happy Good Friday message; the flame war would totes be worth it if I didn't have to work with the stupid neanderthals.

      1. slithytoves

        Madam, on this Good Friday, I wish you energies of gratitude from a former Catholic, not lapsed, more importantly a former Catholic theologian. There is nothing I learned more in my many years of study than that the theology of the faith can never win against its politics. Alas, a lot of folks don't know the difference – but a great many do.
        Happy Against Death Day!

        1. Madam Killjoy

          I am not really a lapsed Catholic but, well, I was baptized in the Church but was raised "without a religion" by two lapsed Catholics and their lapsed Catholic Grandmothers. I cross myself on the rare occasions that I pray (I feel like it's my "over and out" with God) and I say a Hail Mary faster than the speed of light on a bad flight, but beyond that I don't have a home in the church. The only reason my Italian grandmother loved the Church was because of the Blessedvirginmary. She left because no man in a silly hat in Rome was going to tell her that she had to have 12 kids and die before the second eldest (that survived) got married, like her own mom. My grandfather had the same complaint: "Who does that Pope think he is?!" I didn't have the heart to tell them they were Protestants. Wow, way too long, not at snarky. *Ahem* Happy Against Death Day, to you, too, slithytoves! And many more!

          1. slithytoves

            Slithytoves loves ya. The Real, kickass goddess does, too (Mary. Ishtar, Morning Star. etc.)

  4. LastGasp

    “… permits everyone in Illinois to obtain decent health care on a regular basis by 2002.”

    That's Orwellian?

    1. OneYieldRegular

      You're just not picking up on the sophisticated, ironic, metafictional nuance. It's an Orwellian reading of Orwell.

      1. sullivanst

        Oh, like the true irony in the song Ironic is saying things which aren't ironic, are, and it's then compounded by people pointing out the things said to be ironic, aren't, ironically missing the meta-irony?

          1. flamingpdog

            Comment of the WEEK!!!

            In that I've gone a whole week at teh Wonkette without seeing the words "butt secks" even once.

            'Course now with the new Prettyface regime, I can't read all the posts no more, neither.

          2. C_R_Eature

            At Your Service!

            Don't try this at home, Kids. I know of at least one microwave that had it's door blown off with this egg stunt. For real.

      2. Ruhe

        Totally right. What could be more Orwellian (in the Winston-Smith-School-of-editing sense) than describing an opponent's statements in a way that actually best describes your own inaccurate description? Okay, I'm dizzy now.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Hey, I came across some 10 y.o. Ardbeg. It's an outstanding Islay and my newest favorite thing.

        Thanks!

  5. mavenmaven

    You don't understand the secret code? Where's my blackboard- ok, here goes:
    Quentin Young hints at Andrew Young, black person.
    Warren Furey reminds the base of Nick Fury, one eyed black man from the movies.
    QED "health care" is really a black conspiracy to make America not great anymore.

    1. tessiee

      "QED "health care" is really a black conspiracy to make America not great anymore."

      OK, wait a minute…
      If Obama and his soshulist pals force us all to have soshulized medicine, that will force everyone to have abortions — women, men, babbies, cats, dogs, parakeets, everybody…
      I got that.
      But it will also force the blahs to have NO abortions, so that they can outnumber the Real Amurrcans and overrun the country, thereby making Amurrica not great anymore?
      Also, what about the messicans, and such, also too?

  6. weejee

    There Hugo again Madame Editrix. Just a hunch, but it seems your Inquisition needz better Inquasimodos, with the rack & all to straighten out the fallen.

  7. el_donaldo

    “His concept was that human dignity requires an ethic that assures health care to all people in a society.”

    Supporters of single payer health care, like Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program, understood Bernardin to be calling for a government takeover of health care.

    Proving once again my basic thesis: a lot of conservative talking points come from just really poor reading comprehension. The rest, of course, come from being dicks.

      1. McDonnellville

        I guess his point was he was just tired of being told things. Did I get that right?

          1. McDonnellville

            I should have said not to do that, I know. Breitbart might tempt people with a Zagnut (maybe that's how he lured James O'Keefe?).

          2. C_R_Eature

            No. You know what he does:

            He eats all the munchies, drinks all your booze, does all the drugs, vomits everywhere and then yells BEHAAAAAVE YOURSELF! BEHAAAAAVE YOURSELF! BEHAAAAAVE YOURSELF! STOP RAPING PEOPLE!

            It's a total drag and it tends to really spoil house parties.

  8. OneYieldRegular

    Because nothing says "religious liberty" like sick people unable to access care?

    1. Callyson

      But of course–that way, they're only recourse will be to beg God to heal them.

      Jesus is saying "JFC, WTF with these people?"

  9. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Supporters of the so-called “Bernadin Amendment” quickly roped in Dr. Warren Furey, the cardinal’s personal physician

    WAAAAY too much sex in this line for me.

    bondage
    furries/yiffing
    priest/boy QED boochit
    playing doctor

  10. keinsignal

    When talking about somebody who is unpleasant, annoying, or just overwhelmingly boring, I've long been fond of stealing HH Munro's line, "He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death".

    Breitbart may be the first counterexample I've ever run across.

  11. FakaktaSouth

    I wonder what it is about Republicans that they are all so full of believing in mind control. I guess if I had spent the last 50 yrs mind fucking every American I came in contact with I'd believe too? But I swear, the ablity to make people do stuff should result in much better (funner? Nakeder?) situations than just a bunch of people dying because they've got no health insurance.

  12. Oblios_Cap

    “Cardinal Bernardin wrote on the moral questions we’re talking about,” Dr. Young told the Palm Beach Post on January 4, 1998. “His concept was that human dignity requires an ethic that assures health care to all people in a society.”

    Ye Gods, No!

    I can see why the Briefarters panties are in a wad after readiing that pinko dreck. Human Dignity is not an American Value. We're way too egg-ceptional' (in honor of Easter) for such mamby-pamby pursuits.

  13. b[redact]opple

    I lived in Chicago when Bernardin died — apparently he was some sort of god there, and everyone referred to him as "Joseph Cardinal Bernardin," which I guess is the correct order among churchy people. I don't remember anyone calling him radical.

    1. Limeylizzie

      I was there when he died , as well, in Chicago , that is, and I never heard ANYONE refer to him as "radical" either. WTF?

      1. Chet Kincaid

        You can't be a Catholic Cardinal and be "radical". That they think they can bullshit their way past this simple fact shows how intellectually and ethically bankrupt the Breitbart shit is.

        1. Limeylizzie

          He was very beloved among the most normal of Chicago's Catholics, that I do remember.

        2. Gainsbourg69

          Theyre trying their hardest to pick off as many Catholics away from the democrats as they can, but they're not going to do it by making the flock decide between food stamp Jesus and free market Jesus. I wish Breitbart would've stayed a live a few more days to see how Obama turned that religious freedom bullshit into an ass kicking for the republicans.

  14. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Perhaps it is " Orwellian" in the sense that they both use words in the English language.

  15. Schmannnity

    Obama exploited Catholics by being endorsed by them. That's as ironic as Bush exploited right wing conservatives by being endorsed by them.

  16. BarackMyWorld

    I had no idea Obama wanted to pass laws to get people health insurance! Thanks for the tip, internets!

  17. Oblios_Cap

    I refuse to state an opinion until Monsignor Guido Sarducci weighs in on the matter.

  18. gullywompr

    WAR IS PEACE
    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
    PERMITTING EVERYONE IN ILLINOIS TO OBTAIN DECENT HEALTH CARE ON A REGULAR BASIS IS DEATH

        1. Radio福井県

          God had his only begotten son enhanced interrogated and murdered to show his mercy.

    1. flamingpdog

      I bet George Orwell had to take a minute and rest his hand after writing the last one there.

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        Just think how hard it was to carve into the marble at the Ministry of Truth!

  19. SayItWithWookies

    At least Andrew Breitbart had the courage of his convictions when he resisted getting healthcare to the very end.

    1. MissNancyPriss

      When are the toxicology reports going to be released? i need to know if i am being accurate in my painting him as a "coke whore".

    2. McDonnellville

      To be fair, it's hard to dial 911 when you've blacked out from a night of drinking.

    1. sullivanst

      Ghost Breitbart finds The Road To Wigan Pier to be excellent autoerotic material. So much so that he's never yet reached the second half.

  20. Chichikovovich

    I've got nothing. Any attempt at parody would produce something less moronic than the original. Such a remarkable feat of letters: sentences that snark themselves.

    Boy, do those guys miss Breitbart. Who would have imagined that he was actually "the smart one".

    1. C_R_Eature

      I'm with you, Chich. This writing should be imbedded in polyester resin and saved for future generations as a shining, cautionary example of Stupidity in Writing.

      Big Government. How long do we have until the staff hit the Behavioral Sink and start eating each other? Weeks, Days?

    2. Gainsbourg69

      The well will soon dry up and all their readers have to look forward to are hacks like O'queefe and lesser hacks than him.

  21. Deportably_Jose

    Catholics–both liberal and conservative–now know that the price of faith in Obama: the destruction of the religious liberty in which all Americans, especially Catholics, believe.

    Actually, the religious liberty that I believe in would explicitly preclude employers from coercing their employees into following their own religious observances against said employees' wishes, so the non-controversy that this guy's trying to invoke would actually be an example of protecting that liberty.

    Wait, what am I saying, this is a Breitbart site; I'm pretty sure the counter-argument is that I'm not really "American", on account of being liberal and also too brown.

  22. JustPixelz

    The argument against universal healthcare comes right from Jesus, who only healed people who had health insurance.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Interesting fact: The story of Jesus driving the demons out of the possessed men and into the pigs is incomplete. Archaeologists have recently found older versions of all three synoptic Gospels, and in each one the insurance companies refuse to pay, so Jesus sends the demons right back to the men. Repossesses them, so to speak.

  23. Chichikovovich

    in the Orwellian words of the Chicago Tribune, “permits everyone in Illinois to obtain decent health care on a regular basis by 2002.”

    Well, Orwell was a democratic socialist. So those are indeed Orwellian words.

  24. Dr. Nick Riviera

    Jesus should have charged that blindy 10000 shekels for healing him. Don't even get me started on that deadbeat Lazarus.

  25. iburl

    I love how all these WASPs suddenly give a shit about Catholics when it helps Santorum or hurts Obama.

    1. Gainsbourg69

      Isn't it funny how they made up a big to do about religious freedom thinking that they could undercut Obama's support among Catholics? What I love the most about this culture war misfire of their is that they've given Obama the female vote on a silver platter. That's a double fuck you for them.

  26. qwerty42

    From the site:
    n 1999, then-State Senator Barack Obama invoked the late radical Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who passed away in 1996, to promote a universal health care law he co-sponsored and which Illinois voters had overwhelmingly rejected.

    The bill incorporated language directly from the late cardinal’s 1995 pastoral letter, “A Sign of Hope,” which argued for a “fundamental right” to healthcare, reading, in part: “Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.” …
    (emphasis mine)
    "Radical"? John Paul II put this guy in, so was JP2 a commie traitor as well?

    1. Chichikovovich

      JP2 named himself after JP1, who had half-named himself after John XXIII, the most anti-Catholic man in history.

      So, yeah, JP2 is as bad as Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Sandra Fluke rolled into one.

      1. flamingpdog

        JP1 named himself after the previous two popes, John and then Paul. I kind of figured after he died that the next pope would be Pope Paul John Paul, but I guess JP2 didn't see it that way.

        1. Chichikovovich

          I had been hoping for John Paul George Ringo myself. But JP2 didn't give either of us our wish. No fun at all, that guy.

    2. bagofmice

      I remember back when the pope pulled off that 720 McTwist with the neon hat. It was radical.

  27. Dr. Nick Riviera

    Add "Orwellian" to the list of words and phrases RWers do not understand. It is now among friends like "Socialism" "Scientific Theory" "Evolution" "Freedom of Speech" …

  28. C_R_Eature

    Jesus healed a leper and all of a sudden he was out of a Primo Begging gig, became an unemployable Ex-leper and a drag on Society. That goes to prove that Universal Health Care hurts people.

    I saw it in a movie so it must be true.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Jesus did, sir. I was hopping along, minding my own business, all of a sudden, up he comes, cures me! One minute I'm a leper with a trade, next minute my livelihood's gone. Not so much as a by-your-leave! "You're cured, mate." Bloody do-gooder.

  29. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Attention rightwing shitstains: YOU DO NOT GET TO INVOKE GEORGE ORWELL. He would have hated everything you assholes believe in.

    Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four were the works of a socialist who considered the Soviet Union a betrayal of socialism, not the works of a McCarthyite red-baiter who thought that Free Markets would save the world.

    1. C_R_Eature

      They don't even read the books. They just quote someone who's quoted someone who's quoted someone else. These are the same people who adopted the Who's Won't get Fooled Again and Springteen's Born in the USA as Right Wing Anthems.
      Never Mind The Lyrics, Here's the Sux People.

    2. Deportably_Jose

      I've noticed a resurgence of this lately, where every right-winger declares [Dystopian Novel of the Moment] SHOWS THE DANGERS OF BIG GOVERNMENT and that's the level of analysis any book's message ever warrants. Because Liberals are statists and love government for its own sake, and that's totally what the left-right divide is actually about (thank you Jonah Goldberg)

      The latest is over the Hunger Games, which, forget the part about how the obvious first-world Capital's exploitation of the third-world-ish Districts, forget the critique of mass media as a modern bread-and-circuses, forget the considered study of torture, warfare, and PTSD, especially in the later books, forget the part where the opening chapters frame the collapse of the historic United States as linked to "drought and rising seas" (read: global warming); the only important part is Because Big Government. And also too, the main character poaches to feed her family, which is totally the same as shooting wolves from helecopters.

      1. Doktor StrangeZoom

        I used Ursula K LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas" in a couple of classes, and always had to argue with students who thought the story was a condemnation of "communism," and were very resistant to the notion that the suffering child might represent, just maybe, people being exploited for the sake of cheap consumer crap. Pity that Mike Daisey's story on Apple workers was such fatally flawed reportage–it would make an excellent classroom pairing with LeGuin.

        1. C_R_Eature

          I thought the Dispossed was pretty clever too, in Shevek's reactions as an outsider to what he saw as the excesses of the societies of Urras.
          That's a chunk of a book to teach a class with, though.

          1. C_R_Eature

            One of my favorites, as a youth. I liked this and I thought Atlas Shrugged was a boring hackneyed bag of crap. Even then.

            Dennis: "We're an Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune…"
            King Arthur: "Shut up!"

            OOPS – referencing The Dispossed obv. I just read "The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas" online about a month ago and it really is a great story.

  30. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    You know, between Hannity and Breitbart's Ghost, I'm starting to think these people do not know what the word "vetting" means.

  31. Terry

    The Breitbarters need to mosey over to <a href="http://www.vatican.va” target=”_blank”>www.vatican.va and search on the term "health care". Let's see what the current Pope, certainly a big old liberal socialism mooslim and someone I dislike for other reasons, had some stuff to say:

    "Unfortunately the fact that still today many of the world’s populations have no access to the resources they need to satisfy their basic needs, particularly with regard to health care, is still a problem. It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels to ensure that the right to health care is rendered effective by furthering access to basic health care."

    1. Deportably_Jose

      Counterpoint: the current pope is a well-known National Socialist, so this basically just proves Jonah Goldberg's and various Lesser Pantloads' point about how liberals the real fascists.

  32. SheriffJoeBiden

    Thank you, The Vettening, for fearlessly shining your Truth Light on the President's many unremarkable, anodyne, totally acceptable past associations! We the People demand a real scandal, Mr. President! We are FED UP with all your tame friendships with good people! FED UP!

    1. MadBrahms

      This just in: Obama once ate a sandwich at a table next to Angela Davis. And he gave her his ketchup.

      1. SheriffJoeBiden

        This is all part of his plan to force the Catholic church to give out free condiments.

  33. Maman

    Nice touch using the picture of the President with Fr. Michael Pfleger a priest so liberal he made Cardinal Bernardin look like a reactionary.

  34. Sassomatic

    Didn't Obama decree that all Catholic nuns take birth control pills and have weekly abortions? I thought that's what I heard.

  35. Jus_Wonderin

    At a funeral I attended this week, the kindly Reverend slid into the "Jesus/Lazarus" story. In my mind I was SCREAMING "No, no, no you di'nt…this poor family has lost their son and you are saying that…if only Jesus were to stick his hands in that box, poor Charles could live again????"

    Am I wrong to think that that is a poor parable to tell when the deadone is a mere 6 feet away?

    1. sullivanst

      So, Ghost Breitbart is making him stronger?

      You could be on to something, actually…

  36. MadBrahms

    Not decent healthcare, NO! We mustn't let people have that, unless they earn it! DECENCY IS ONLY FOR THE RICHERS.

    …seriously, people can actually say these things? And no one on the right says "that's some pretty fucked up shit, man"?

  37. Serolf_Divad

    The law, had it passed, would have forced the state to enact a plan that, in the Orwellian words of the Chicago Tribune, “permits everyone in Illinois to obtain decent health care on a regular basis by 2002.”

    We are not sure how those words are “Orwellian.”

    They are "Orwellian" dear Rebecca, because claiming to offer "decent health care on a regular basis" is NEWSPEAK for "the law will require all women of child-bearing age to abort three fetuses for every baby they wish to bring into this world."

    Catholics–both liberal and conservative–now know that the price of faith in Obama: the destruction of the religious liberty in which all Americans, especially Catholics, believe.

    Ah yes, the Catholic Church is famous for its embrace of religious liberty. Isn't that what the Inquisition and the Index of Forbidden Books was all about?

  38. Chet Kincaid

    You would almost think that Chicago isn't the 3rd largest population center in this country, and therefore there isn't a huge population that would find these attempted smears incredibly laughable from direct experience.

    1. Warwhatgoodfor

      People in Chicago will believe anything you want them to if you slip them $20. Used to be a five spot, but inflation…

  39. iburl

    "the destruction of the religious liberty in which all Americans, especially Catholics, believe."

    Umm, why do Catholics "especially" believe in religious liberty? Is it because Catholicism is ALMOST as deserving of religious liberty as America's official state religion of protestantism? And not "especially" Muslins or Jewz because they are so clearly undeserving of religious liberty in the USA, and so why even try?

    1. Warwhatgoodfor

      Catholics believe in religious freedom? I need a bible verse for this one. I mean, for real?

  40. Radio福井県

    What is more Orwellian here? A single payer system that would cost every American 2/3 less what they pay now, with better outcomes? ZOMG, what a radical, Marxist notion.
    Or a system where the avaricious middleman Health Insurers AND Health Systems continue to rake it in while the oldz get Health Stamp Coupons?

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Freedom (from government mandate) is slavery (to corporate profits).

      No, nothing Orwellian there.

  41. Chi_town_Vinny

    Hey – why run a picture with Father Pfleger and not even mention him in the story. The picture should be good for at least a couple of lines about the radical priest (and a South Side guy).

  42. Veritas78

    It goes without saying that this post is immutably fap-proof. Bill Donohue would be proud.

    Any chance of posting those two gay cuties again?

  43. Blueb4sunrise

    Okay, okay. I'll post a trenchant comment so they put up a new thread.
    Hmmmm, gimme a minute hour.

      1. Blueb4sunrise

        Hey C_R_.
        Is there some kinda Judeo and /or Christian thing going on?
        with BALLS?!!!?!?!

        1. C_R_Eature

          I'm a Pastafarian, so it's all a mystery to me. The Censers that the Catholic church uses are BALL -shaped if that helps.

          1. Blueb4sunrise

            That's right. Ramen.
            I remember that from when I was dragged around as a child. Also some penis shaped thing that sprays something out the end when they shake it.

          2. Blueb4sunrise

            Sometimes. There were usually hundreds of other people though. Fancy-dressed dude walked around spraying them all.

            Just took a peak at Balloon J. there's an ad on the left for 'Concealed Carry Report' , and 'Submit a Prayer Request' on the right.

          3. C_R_Eature

            What a handy combination.

            I grew up Episcopalian, so we didn't get into all that spraying, wafer eating, holy water spraying thing though it looked cool and the churches were awesome.

            It never took either, obviously.

  44. Negropolis

    Rebecca,

    There really are a lot of "liberal Catholics". A whole helluva lot of them, in fact, and for many decades, and often times on the very frontline of socially liberal movements. Jus' sayin'. It's really unfortunate that they haven't been as vocal in the past few decades as their conservative brethren, but they still exist in numbers.

    I know it comes as a surprise to some, but Santorum is even a minority amongst Catholics. That guy is like an Opus Dei Catholic, a Shia Catholic, a Mel Gibson Catholic, if you will.

    1. iburl

      Yeah, as an attendee of Catholic services through my youth, Santorum is nothing like any Catholic I ever met in church. Except the drinking at noon and the unpleasant associations with butt-sex.

  45. DahBoner

    You would think that an organization run by Gay men for hundreds of years would be more liberal…

  46. lulzmonger

    Troll Fu: this lacks it.

    As a rare libtard comment there points out, going right back to the exact same "ZOMG LOOK AT HOW RADICAL OBAMA WAS AS A YOUNG USURPER-IN-TRAINING!!!!!111111!!!" routine that they lost with in 2008 is pretty much the definition of insanity stone cold stupidity.

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