Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bush, Kerry, and the Catholic Church

How fascinating. Making Light notes that according to the Catholic News Service, John Kerry is not a heretic, and, according to NewDonkey*, George W. Bush is one. (From the Catholic perspective, of course.)

Some of the specific heresies, as a Protestant, and specifically Methodist, to which President Bush may be prone,

The theological doctrine propounded by Pelagius, a British monk, and condemned as heresy by the Roman Catholic Church in A.D. 416. It denied original sin and affirmed the ability of humans to be righteous by the exercise of free will.

a schismatic Christian religion in northern Africa from the 4th to the 7th century; held that only those who led a blameless life belonged in the church or could administer the sacraments.

The theological principles of Cornelis Jansen, which emphasize predestination, deny free will, and maintain that human nature is incapable of good. They were condemned as heretical by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Original Sin, no, free will, yes. Human nature as perfectable.
  • Sanctity required for church membership - a blameless life required.
  • Predestination, yes, free will, no.

Now, Bush is identified as a Pelagianist, and maybe, a Donatist, Hussist (I couldn't get a good definition on that one) and a Jansenist as well. Some of these seem inherently contradictory as I don't see how one can have free will, and no free will, at the same time.

The implication of all three taken together is that one is predestined into one's righteousness, or in President Bush's case, his holy/political office.

[*] NewDonkey is an unofficial weblog sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Council. One must note the lack of endorsement from the Vatican. Caveat emptor.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Let's Not Talk About a Draft! It's Unpatriotic!

So, suppose the thought has crossed your mind that with the Army in Iraq, reservists in Iraq, stop-loss orders, IRR personnel called up, maybe a draft is a logical next step.

Just suppose.

Now suppose you talk about that possibility. You know, in public.

Also suppose, the Republican Party notices.

What does the RNC do?

1. Issues a press release full of facts and figures on how compulsory service would never be needed, and the administration would never support it.


2. Threaten you for talking about the possibility.

Now, guess which one occurred?

Republican Party Chairman Tells Rock The Vote to Stop Talking About a Draft

It All Adds Up

Oregon, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Minnesota...where else? I ask you, where else?

Block the Vote (More of an overview than news. Registration may be required.):
"...a firm hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters, told a Nevada TV station that their supervisors systematically tore up Democratic registrations."
" 2002 the Republican Party in New Hampshire hired an Idaho company to paralyze Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts by jamming the party's phone banks."
"Whose applications get rejected? A Washington Post examination of rejected applications in Duval County [Florida -- sid] found three times as many were from Democrats, compared with Republicans. It also found a strong tilt toward rejection of blacks' registrations."

Librarian bares possible voter registration dodge (Oregon)
Company claiming affiliation with the non-partisan ‘America Votes’ group appears to represent the GOP.

Voter Registration Fraud
"The state is investigating allegations that a Portland canvasser may have destroyed completed voter registration forms. A recent report says that a man paid to register voters was instructed to only accept Republican registration forms."

Voter Fraud Charges Out West

"According to KLAS-TV, a former employee claimed hundreds, if not thousands, of Democratic registration forms were destroyed by a Sproul & Associates group called Voters Outreach of America."
"The former employee first told local Nevada reporters that he had personally witnessed his boss shredding eight to ten voter registration forms, according to Steve George, a spokesman for the Nevada Secretary of State."

In Florida, voter purges in 2000 and 2004 disenfranchise legal, lawful voters:
2001: Botched Name Purge Denied Some the Right to Vote
2004: America is Asking…About Felon Voter Purges in Florida
Report: Jeb Bush Ignored Felon List Advice

Voter registration cards found in car
"A former employee of an organization that registered voters kept hundreds of cards instead of submitting them."


In case you're of a mind to send a letter to the editor of your local paper, on this, or any other subject...

Newspaper Editors from across the nation, courtesy of ljdemocrats on LiveJournal:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,