The alarm in certainly in order and not a minute too soon. The people to whom this is addressed, the warnings and fears are certainly adequate but incomplete. The author forgot to mention Catholic women, 70% of whom are practicing artificial birth control if they are of child bearing age. I like the humor re Bing Crosby movies. Nun plays are very popular around here and are certainly charming. The Catholics are indeed plotting, but not behind our backs. When Bush demanded the support of the Bishops, he got it. After all, one expects to be rewarded for playing palsies with the Pope. In my Congressional district, the Republican candidate held public discussions before the last election. He was pushing Catholic values and won handily. Unfortunately, most of these voters are not up to speed on Catholic values. It is not just anti-abortion as public policy, but also birth control. Listening to these women in conservative organizations, they are strongly hinting that that's next on the agenda. Having said all this, it needs to be said that the Catholics and the Evangelicals could only do all this with their very successful coalition. They recently held a meeting with the Mormons, so they can bring them along also. The next Congressional election might be very interesting. By that time, I think many women in America will have heard of the latest expression of protection religious politicians grant to women. Yes, they deem it protecting women. Examples of this are to be found in the actions of Gov. Pataki of NY state and Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Catholic and Mormon respectively. And what was this kindness, you wonder? Well now, they banned the use of the morning-after pill for those women in their states who are victims of rape and are unfortunate enough to have gotten pregnant by a rapist. The total number of these unfortunates in the US in any given year is 25,000. Throughout the US, Catholic hospitals will also not dispense this drug anywhere in the US. In some states, it's the law that this bit of pharmaceutical mercy is outlawed altogether. Welcome to Iran west. Or is it Saudi Arabia west? Nah, we can still drive here. Oh, and by the way, I believe Clarence Thomas is Catholic. At least he went to Catholic schools. Another interesting bit: when president Kennedy was in office, Cardinal Spellman was continually on his case to introduce legislation for vouchers. No go on this. I don't know if Kennedy wanted it, but he knew it wouldn't get by the Congress. And another sad bit: I am hearing from some of my friends that it's time to become anti-Catholic again. Guess who is going to pay the price for that? Ordinary Catholic people of course. Certainly not the hierarchy who are the architects of this. But then again, I wonder? Who provides the money to the politicians.? Veronica Milford, MI ----- Original Message ----- From: Mike Geary To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 11/7/2005 9:26:14 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] The Catholics are coming! The Catholics are coming! Court Could Tip to Catholic Majority Some Say Slant Is Dangerous; Others See Historic Victory By Alan Cooperman Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, November 7, 2005; Page A03 *************** Folks, I don't mean to alarm you -- but this is much more dire even than an avian flu pandemic. For you Hereticals and you Jewish breth and sistrern, not to mention Muslimists, all you who are unfamiliar with Catholicism outside of Bing Crosby priest movies and the DaVinci Code, let me explain. There are two kinds of Catholics in this world and it's important that you understand the difference between the two. Take Jack Kennedy, for instance, he was a Catholic, but he worshipped Marilyn Monroe more than Mary the mother of God -- and who can blame him? Who? you ask. Canonical Catholics, that's who. They who believe Jesus was serious when he said: "This is my body." "Lost a lot of weight, haven't you?" That's what I would have said had I been there, but alas, I was born 2000 years too late. Another good punch line lost to bad timing. Here's the deal, while all us liberals have been fretting about Protestant evangelicals taking over the world, there's been this cabal o f Catholics plotting behind our backs. Just ask Lance, he'll confirm all this. It started with Reagan in 1986 with his appointment of Scalia -- an Italian Catholic -- Italian, did you get that? And where is the Catholic Church headquartered? Not in Moscow. And then Reagan again in 1988 with his appointment of Kennedy. Hmmm. Isn't that an Irish name? And didn't Joyce call the Irish "a priest-ridden race"? Yes, he did!! Ah ha! See the pattern forming? Liberals still intoxicated with the Kennedy name thought this guy will surely vote for free love. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Then of course, there was Daddy Bush who gave us Clarence Thomas who scared every Liberal from Amherst, MA to Zenia, CA with his "high tech lynching" speech. "Oh, sorry, Mr. Thomas. Forgive me, Mr Thomas." After all, how conservative could a colored man be? I mean really? Doesn't he carry the injustice of this culture in his very skin? He'll be four square for justice even if he is a Republica n. Hahahahahaha. The Bushes laughed all the way to the Hoover Institute. Now there's Roberts -- Bush baby's baby. A the proposed 5th Catholic, Alito -- ahem, an Italian. Hey, even the Popes don't have to be Italian anymore. Clue these people in. As a Catholic, though no longer a believer -- but once a Catholic, always a Catholic (what can I do?) -- I want to join the majority of non-Catholics in this world who dread the re-institution of the Inquisition soon to follow Alito's ascension to the Supreme Court. Catholics are great drinkers and love to gamble, but they have lousy taste when it comes to governance. Just look at Berlusconi. Mike Geary Memphis Catholic against his will.