Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Catholic/Protestant Split on McCain V-P Pick


Prominent evangelical leaders are warning McCain against picking Mitt Romney as his VP, saying their troops will abandon the GOP if that happens. Evangelicals say Mr. Romney lacks trust on issues such as outlawing abortion and opposing same-sex marriage and because he is a Mormon. Opposition is particularly powerful among those who supported Mike Huckabee in the GOP primary.

Evangelical novelist Tim LaHaye: "McCain and Romney would be like oil and water. We aren't against Mormonism, but Romney is not a thoroughgoing evangelical and his flip-flopping on issues is understandable in a liberal state like Massachusetts, but our people won't understand that" (Washington Times, 7/29).

But some conservative Catholics are opposing the other rumored choice, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty was baptized and raised Catholic and then turned apostate, becoming a Baptist. He remains a favorite of evangelical Protestant Republicans. FDR vetoed the bid of Sen. James M. Byrnes of South Carolina for vice president although Roosevelt really wanted him-- because Byrnes changed his religion from Catholic to fashionable Episcopalian to correspond with the voting traits of heavily Protestant South Carolina. (“Sorry, Jim,” said FDR. “Being a fallen away Catholic won’t go over with the northern big city urban vote.”).

It not certain if John McCain follows FDR's views about an ex-Catholic on the ticket. McCain doesn't seem to put much on denomination, having been unclear as to if he is an Episcopalian or Baptist himself. But will conservative Catholics vote for an apostate? That remains unanswered.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

In addition to their ad, John McCain's camp also put out a memo about Barack Obama's favorite candy and soft drink. Obama senior strategist David Axelrod responded to McCain's latest, calling it both "sophomoric" and "negative"

(and he's right)

This is the best McCain has? attacking a man based on his snack food preferences? What a loser.

Jumbo Jal said...

Seek first the kingdom of God and all else shall be added unto thee. The truth about Catholicism and how it mixes with Barrack Obama for President can be found at http://catholicsagainstobama.blogspot.com/

CATHOLICS CAN NOT BE BOTH CATHOLIC AND FOR OBAMA!!!!!!

Max said...

AS long as McCain doesn't pick a pro abort VP, I could care less what his/her religious beliefs are.

To anonymous, actually McCain's best ads are on energy. Obama's response, no new domestic drilling,but inflate your tires. So grab your pump and everything will be fine.

Thanks for the Obama press release. For a challenge,next time try to come up with something more boring.

Anonymous said...

CATHOLICS CAN NOT BE BOTH CATHOLIC AND FOR OBAMA!!!!!!

Yes, we can!

Katherine said...

max,

glad you are trying to move the discussion back to issues like energy. Your buddy McCain today spent his time on Obama's snack food preferences. [roll eyes]

Anonymous said...

You can lie to yourself as much as you want but, jumbo jal is right, you cannot be both Catholic and vote for Obama!

shiloh said...

Anonymous said...

CATHOLICS CAN NOT BE BOTH CATHOLIC AND FOR OBAMA!!!!!!

Yes, we can!
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Si Se Puede! ~ Si Se Puede! ~ Si Se Puede!

and regarding McBush's ads which keep talking about Obama & showing pics of Obama speaking to 200,000 people ~ Yea, that's a good way to get elected, keep showing your opponents picture and mentioning his name in your totally negative ads.

btw, McLame said/promised he would not be running any negative ads. Yep, another flip/flop! ...

take care

Max said...

Katherine,

Your buddy Obama spent his day inflating tires. If he spends a week at it, it might match his inflated ego. Nah, need a Thanksgiving day float for that.

Kurt said...

You can lie to yourself as much as you want but, jumbo jal is right, you cannot be both Catholic and vote for Obama!

Watch me!

Anonymous said...

Fine, Kurt, you go ahead but someday you will have to answer for it.

kurt said...

anon,

I really wasn't looking for your permission, but thanks for offering it.