Saturday, September 25, 2004

Banning the Bible

CNS News reports:
A Catholic group is accusing the Republican National Committee of "fear-mongering" by warning residents in two states that if the Democrats wins in November, they will ban the Bible and allow same-sex marriage. The Catholic League was referring to comments the RNC made Thursday regarding literature sent residents in Arkansas and West Virginia. "For the past week, reports have surfaced that the RNC has been behind a mass mailing warning the residents of Arkansas and West Virginia that if the 'liberals' win the election, they will ban the Bible," Catholic League President William Donohue said. "Now the RNC has admitted that it did so; this was its way of appealing to religious voters. But what it did is exploitative. Not only are the Republicans indulging in fear-mongering, they are also playing to the stereotype of Christians from rural communities," said Donohue. "The role of religion in the public square is something the Catholic League wants discussed by both Republicans and Democrats, and that is why we ran an op-ed page ad in the New York Times on September 20 called 'Censoring Religious Speech.' But what the RNC did in these two states has nothing to do with the public expression of religion. No more mailings of this sort should be approved," he concluded.
I agree that the RNC went overboard on this advertisement and it should apologize. However, I don't believe the RNC was saying that the Bible was actually going to be banned, but was speaking to the attempts of the left to wash America clean of any religion like, "in God we trust," or "under God."

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