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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Cool the rhetoric

The ultimate third rail is not Social Security, as some pundits would have it. It's religion -- and here I go brushing it.

But I find myself sputtering with disbelief at the conflation of anti-semitism and valid questions about the efforts to stem child sexual abuse by Catholic Church in general and Pope Benedict XVI in particular. And on the holiest day of the Catholic calendar that carries its own burden of blood libels.

Comparing media attention to real cases of abuse and a real record of inattention is in no way comparable to the mass extermination of people based on their religion. Even hinting at a connection is unbecoming of someone who purports to live a holy life.

And whenever this issue crops up I can't help but think of Barney Frank (yes a gay Jew) and his great line about the attention span of many "pro-life" advocates:
[they] believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth...
Best wishes for happiness for whatever you may celebrate this weekend.

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