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More On Edwards Christian-Hating Webmistress

From Fox News:

Charges of Bigotry Fly in John Edwards Blogger Flap

Thursday , February 08, 2007
By Greg Simmons

WASHINGTON — In response to John Edwards’s refusal to fire two staffers for “intolerant” Web postings, the president of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights group said he will launch a campaign next week to point out “the double-standard that [Edwards] is the kingmaker of.”

Bill Donohue, president of the conservative-leaning Catholic League and the first to call on the Democratic presidential candidate to fire the bloggers, told FOXNews.com that he is not satisfied with Edwards’s decision to scold — but not can — the staffers.

By not firing Andrea Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, Donohue said, Edwards is promoting anti-Catholicism. He said the 2008 Democratic contender’s actions should be viewed in the same way it would be seen if Edwards had not fired a staffer who had used the ‘n’-word.

He’s nothing more than David Duke with a blow-dried haircut,” Donohue said of Edwards.

Despite saying the postings “personally offended me,” Edwards decided not to fire Marcotte, who writes for the Pandagon blog, and McEwan, who runs the Shakespeare’s Sister blog, for comments they made on those sites…

A spokeswoman for the campaign said no staffers would be available for interviews on the story.

Donohue described the bloggers as “anti-Catholic vulgar trash-talking bigots.” Among the postings he cited for complaint was one by Marcotte that reads: “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.”

Another posting by McEwan is headlined to address religious conservatives: “What don’t you lousy motherf——ers understand about keeping your noses out of our britches, our beds and our families?

In the statement released by the Edwards campaign, Marcotte said her “intention is never to offend anyone for his or her personal beliefs, and I am sorry if anyone was personally offended by writings meant only as criticisms of public politics.”

McEwan said “Shakespeare’s Sister is my personal blog, and I certainly don’t expect Senator Edwards to agree with everything I’ve posted. We do, however, share many views — including an unwavering support of religious freedom and a deep respect for diverse beliefs. It has never been my intention to disparage people’s individual faith, and I’m sorry if my words were taken in that way.” …

Another Catholic group, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, issued a statement saying it was satisfied with Edwards’s actions following the “religiously intolerant remarks.”

“We accept Senator Edwards’s assurances that he too was offended by comments made by recently hired staffers and that religious intolerance has no place in his campaign,” said the group’s executive director, Alexia Kelley, who added that since roughly one-fourth of the U.S. population is Catholic, Edwards can’t take the religion’s members for granted…

Sorry to belabor this story. But just imagine if the parties involved were Republicans.

It would be bigger than Anna Nicole Smith.

religious intolerance has no place in his campaign

Sorry Ms. Kelley, but it’s painfully clear that religious intolerance has at least two paid places in Mr. Edwards’s (foredoomed) campaign.

By the way, you might want to check out this group they trotted out to speak in support of bigotry, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

And how they got their focus group tested "Common Good" name:

Democrats, liberal Catholics promote ‘common good’ as a unifiying theme in Nov. elections

Associated Press
October 16, 2006

Led by the Center for American Progress, the liberal Washington think-tank spearheading the idea, Democratic activists hope the phrase ["common good"] will do for them what "compassionate conservative" did for the Republicans — win the party control over both houses of Congress…

Here is a current (and all too typical) article from these worthies:

In Memory of Father Drinan

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is saddened by the passing of Father Robert F. Drinan, S.J. this past weekend. A man of great courage, humility, and commitment to the common good, Fr. Drinan was a tireless and effective advocate for the least among us..

Er, Father Drinan was a vehement champion of partial birth abortion:


Thursday, June 4, 1996
New York Times

The indignant voices of the pro-life movement and the Republican Party will likely reach new decibels in the campaign to urge Congress to override President Clinton’s veto of the bill banning so-called partial-birth abortions.

But Congress should sustain the veto…

The Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good are about as Catholic as Father Drinan’s erstwhile campaign manager, John Kerry.

But any port in a storm.

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