Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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Location: Rome, Italy

23 September 2007

You have to admit

that the Republicans (we're talking about the United States here) usually have bigger coglioni than the Democrats. This is especially true of the Roman Catholic brownshirts within the Republican party. The latest case in point, in my opinion, is their attempt to position Rudy Giuliani as the Great White Hope of the pro-life cause in the U.S. These are the people who, during the last presidential election, opined that burning at the stake and an eternity in the deepest pit of hell was too good for John Kerry because he was only "personally opposed" to abortion. Now they will have us believe that a man who has been consistently outspoken in his support of abortion rights is the best candidate for the pro-life cause. According to this group, he should be elected president, if not canonized, because he has promised to appoint only "strict constructionist" judges. According to this (as yet untested) theory, strict constructionist judges would have to overturn Roe v. Wade because it legislates from the bench. And this despite the fact that every judge he ever appointed was pro-choice.

To which I say, in the immortal words of The Who (the best rock band in the history of the world—don't even TRY disputing that on these pages!), "Won't Get Fooled Again." After all, the world stands in awe at how much our current "pro-life" president has done to protect innocent life. Can you spell Iraq?

I'll give him an "A" for chutzpah, but he won't get my vote. Pro-life, indeed. Ha!