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Monday, November 3, 2008

Are Washington Voters Anti-Catholic?

posted by on November 3 at 8:49 AM

Anyone who reads Joel Connelly religiously—not that something we recommend, except as penance—might conclude that voters in Washington state are rabid anti-papists. In his latest and (hopefully) last screed against I-1000, Connelly condemns backers of Washington state’s “death with dignity” initiative for using “code words” to bash life lovin’ Catholics. Joel would have his readers believe that supporters of I-1000 gain some sort of unfair advantage at the polls by bashing Catholics, which can only mean—or Joel can only mean—that voters in Washington state are anti-Catholic bigots.

An ad for Initiative 1000, which would legalize assisted suicide, condemned a “small group” of “out-of-state religious leaders” for trying to buy the election, impose their will and defeat “Washington’s death-with-dignity law.”

The “religious leaders” reference is a slam at the Catholic Church. The campaign has openly bashed Catholics in missives to liberal bloggers. Code phrases are used in the state Voters Pamphlet and on the air.

Holy mother of God! Backers of I-1000 are using code words to whip up anti-Catholic bigotry in Washington state—this isn’t the Washington state this lapsed Catholic knows and loves. So while I intend to vote for I-1000 tomorrow, I’m going to strike a blow against anti-Catholic bigotry in Washington state and cast my ballot in the governor’s race for the Catholic candidate. That would be Christine Gregoire, Catholic… or, um, Dino Rossi, also Catholic. And then I’m going to put a call into the office of the Attorney General for Washington state and ask Rob McKenna (Catholic) to launch an investigation. And then I’m going to write a letter to both of my U.S. Senators—Maria Cantwell (Catholic) and Patty Murray (Catholic)—and ask them to hold hearings.

If we all work together we can root out this anti-Catholic bias on the part of Washington state voters!

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why does my voting to be able to determine my own death when terminally ill and in pain affect anyone who is Catholic?

Posted by Gordon | November 3, 2008 8:56 AM

He's right, many people are Anti-Catholic. Look at all the blood on the hands of the Catholic church, I'd be mad at them too. It's time to push the Religious Radical extremists out of the lives of others, they should focus on their own life.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | November 3, 2008 8:56 AM

Is it "bigoted" to simply recognize out-loud that Catholic beliefs are irrational and that the execution of policy based on those beliefs has wreaked untold havoc on humanity over the centuries?

If so, then, yeah... Bigot right here.

Posted by Matthew | November 3, 2008 8:59 AM

There is a difference between attacking Catholicism the ideology and Catholics the people. Just as there is a difference between saying republicans are wrong on taxes and saying republicans should be strung up.

Posted by Giffy | November 3, 2008 9:09 AM

It's a stupid argument considering that American Catholics hate traditional Vatican policy. If there were an American Pope, there would be married, female, gay priests, and abortion would be paid for by collections from your parish.

Posted by Gitai | November 3, 2008 9:15 AM

He's right that proponents of the initiative have to wrestle with the fact that some of the most organized opposition to it comes from the Catholic Church. But since Connally is a Catholic himself, he thinks any criticism of the Church's position on this issue is a "slam", since he's got god on his side.

Posted by Trevor | November 3, 2008 9:17 AM

im not sure if conelly has a point, but the bigotry against catholics is not rooted in anything theological. it is rooted in the old xenophobic nativist anti irish and anti italian attitudes of the old american puritans.

Posted by SeMe | November 3, 2008 9:18 AM

catholicism is the worst form of christianity, except for all the others.

Posted by max solomon | November 3, 2008 9:28 AM

I'm a practicing Catholic and I'm voting YES on I-1000. How is it religious or compassionate to force someone in excruciating pain and with no hope of recovery to stay alive and suffer against their own free will?

Posted by D Huygens | November 3, 2008 9:29 AM

I think that the Catholic Church can shove it after certain bishops used their positions to support Bush over Kerry.

Posted by demo kid | November 3, 2008 9:36 AM

Maria Cantell? But she probably won't.

Posted by muckfetro | November 3, 2008 9:50 AM

I'm still mad at the Catholic's b/c they wouldn't let me have a kitten in my dorm. (Jesuit school). I did it anyway and got booted from the dorm..I still have her... sans one leg:)My vet has that.

I retaliated by starting my campus radio show (every week)with "Piss On the Pope" . No, I will never grow up. I would do it again.

As for I-1000,sure there's room for potential abuses, but it is modeled after a succesful plan in OR and could be beneficial to many suffeing people...I'm voting YES.

Posted by Julie Russell | November 3, 2008 10:00 AM

voted NO - the potential for major abuse is still there

and just curious, how can anyone ever be told they can't kill themselves?

it is kinda yuppie that you need a permit from the bureaucrats that abound regulating possible suicide

if there was true universal single payer health care - I would feel differently as well

Posted by Ava Maria | November 3, 2008 10:55 AM

Ava? My mother was too weak to get out of bed when she died. Was she supposed to walk to the window and toss herself out? Hang herself? Stroll down to a gun shop and buy a gun and blow her brains out?

She needed the option of taking a few pills, in privacy and in comfort, and going to sleep.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 3, 2008 11:02 AM

Connelly's just afraid his family will have him humanely euthanized once the signs of brain death are confirmed.

Anti-Catholic is about the dumbest damned thing he could have come up with, and he's certainly been guilty of some whoppers in his time. As Dan pointed out, a high percentage of our elected officials are practicing Catholics.

Posted by Also a Catholic | November 3, 2008 11:11 AM

Joel Connoly is full of shit. I love Catholics! Especially lapsed ones. They are teh hott.

Posted by Greg | November 3, 2008 11:14 AM

Plus...if people are super religious they WON'T commit suicide (even if capable) despite their suffering b/c it says not to in the bible...if they have a prescription...they get off on a technicality. It really isn't suicide..They are just following MD orders.

Posted by Julie Russell | November 3, 2008 11:59 AM

There are an awful lot of conservative, fundamentalist Catholics out there who see anti-Catholicism lurking around every corner.

Back when I was still part of the tribe, I went to a lecture about Catholicsm and the media (I needed continuing ed. credits to be allowed to keep teaching religion in a Catholic school). The guy who was speaking, who was then editor of Our Sunday Visitor, a relatively conservative, Catholic, weekly newspaper and is now communications director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The examples he was coming up with for the "rampant anti-Catholicism" in the media - all media - were astonishing in that they seemed, and really were, perfectly innocent. He also had a list of codewords that he said denoted anti-Catholicism. I wish I could remember them now, but I didn't keep my notes from that lecture because it was so utterly useless. I wouldn't have taken notes if I hadn't had to submit a summary to get credit for attending.

It's mass paranoia on the part fundamentalist Catholics, if you want my opinion.

Posted by Sheryl | November 3, 2008 12:12 PM

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