Living in the 40’s

A tale of two analogies. Two prominent Catholics who seemed to have been at a loss for words. And for their troubles, they should have stayed that way, rather than venturing to make comparisons that somehow, don’t quite fit.

GOP candidate Newt Gingrich endorses his campaign manager’s likening of a two-person ballot in the Virginia Republican primary to Pearl Harbor:

Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941.

Somehow I don’t think the loss of over two-thousand American service personnel quite lines up with a blundering campaign that’s struggling to shoot straight. Mr Gingrich has been a college professor. I think a better analogy is an undergrad who thinks he has the world owed him on a platter, and then gets an F for not turning in his project on time.

Cardinal George insisted on pressing the comparison between LGBT rights groups and the Klan:

The rhetoric of the KKK and the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people — Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.

An archdiocesan spokeswoman:

Whether it was the best choice of analogy I don’t know. Taken out of context the meaning can be misinterpreted.

And sure, if it can be misinterpreted, it will be misinterpreted.Hasn’t this guy been following the misadventures of Pope Benedict and the secular press?

People are calling for his resignation, but that’s going to happen next year anyway. The Vatican would refuse and early out–it would be a retreat in the culturewar, and we can’t have that. Anyway, the archbishop pulled back from his insistence:

Obviously, it’s absurd to say that the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan, but if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we’ve had in our past because it stops us from worshipping God, well, then that’s the comparison, but it’s not with people and people — it’s parade-parade.

Not people-people? Parade-parade? What about dum-dum? Cardinal George had a reputation for being an intellectual when he was whooshed into Chicago via Oregon a decade ago. This latest episode sure doesn’t show it.

Oh, getting back to the former Representative from Georgia, this is what a heroes’ memorial looks like:

This is your campaign:

Any questions?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to Living in the 40’s

  1. John Drake says:

    Actually, the LGBT movement is more insidious than the KKK. Somehow, they have cloaked their unnatural and perverse agenda in a veneer of acceptability, indeed, they have won over Hollywood and the MSM in such fashion as to make normal folk believe the LGBTs are on some moral high ground. The KKK never managed that feat.

    And don’t kid yourself, both groups are anti-Catholic.

  2. Todd says:

    I’m a skeptic on conspiracy theories. LGBT people live in my neighborhood, go to my church, are good citizens in my city, and have been trusted friends. Just like Republicans, atheists, astrologers, women priests, evangelical Christians, and lots of other people I’ve liked, but disagreed with in theory and/or practice.

  3. crystal says:

    George can backpedal all he wants but I think he knew very well that he was making an outrageous compariison. As the saying goes, you can’t unring a bell, and the hurt he caused with his statement remains. Scary to think he’s considered one of the church’s intellectuals.

  4. Bill Kurtz says:

    It seems like a lot of the heirarchy and the best-connected conservative lay people have been associating more and allying themselves more with fundamentalist Protestants- and some over the top rhetoric is beginning to reflect that.

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