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February 7, 2007

Edwards' 'Anti-Catholic, Vulgar, Trash-talking, Bigoted' Bloggers Slammed By Catholics (Updated)

Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit? A: You'd have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology. - Amanda Marcotte of the Pandagon blog.
Two bloggers hired recently by Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, were criticized Tuesday by a Catholic group for posts they had written on the Internet. In their posts over the past several months, Marcotte and McEwan criticized the pope and the church for its opposition to homosexuality, abortion and contraception, sometimes using profanity.
... Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, demanded that Edwards fire Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.

[...] Donohue cited posts that the women made on blogs in the past several months in which they criticized the pope and the church for its opposition to homosexuality, abortion and contraception, sometimes using profanity.

... "John Edwards is a decent man who has had his campaign tarnished by two anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots," Donohue wrote in a statement. "He has no choice but to fire them immediately."

"The Catholic church is not about to let something like compassion for girls get in the way of using the state as an instrument to force women to bear more tithing Catholics," Marcotte wrote on the blog Pandagon on Dec. 26, in an excerpt cited by Donohue.

Among the McEwan posts that Donohue listed was one she posted on Feb. 21, 2006, on her site, Shakespeare's Sister. She questioned what religious conservatives don't understand about "keeping your noses out of our britches, our beds and our families?"

In her piece at National Review Online titled, Unholy Hire, Kathryn Jean Lopez has a lot more to say about "The anti-Catholic rants of John Edwards's blogospherically famous staffer." The rants are just as Bill Donohue described them, anti-Catholic and vulgar. As Kathryn Lopez says in her article, "... by the way, Senator Edwards, if you're not sufficiently sure that your campaign has just made a bad hire, we could get into the "Protestant anti-choice a**holes," too. Edwards is a Baptist and although he may indeed be anti-Catholic, he's unlikely to appreciated Protestants being referred to as a**holes.

In my humble opinion, the bloggers a candidate and his campaign choose to "outreach to liberal voters and activists on the Internet" says a whole lot about the candidate and his campaign. From his choice of bloggers, we can safely assume that Edwards and his campaign are liberal, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and adoption, vulgar, and very anti-Catholic. Even more, Edwards doesn't even care if his own church gets trashed so he can't be a man that takes his faith very seriously.

Here's a summary of John Edwards on the issues. Did I mention that Edwards favors gun control?

Update at Captain's Quarters: Edwards Campaign Reconsidering Blogger Hires:

... The campaign of John Edwards, hailed for hiring two progressive bloggers for his 2008 Presidential campaign, has now said they will reconsider that decision in light of the blogging history of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.

... In the case of Marcotte, her anti-Catholic screeds would make Jack Chick blush with embarrassment; the woman is an anti-Catholic bigot. Her posts on Catholicism venture far from rational opposition to its dogma and policies into screeching, obscene hatred. The examples given by the Times for McEwan appear to be of the same tenor.

... Ms. McEwan referred in her blog to President Bush's "wingnut Christofascist base" and repeatedly used profanity in demanding that religious conservatives stop meddling with women's reproductive and sexual rights. Multiple postings use explicit and inflammatory language on a variety of issues.

Other coverage: The QandO Blog

Posted by Richard at February 7, 2007 9:11 AM

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