I came across these two articles recently. Since they encapsulate my thinking on the recent Presidential election, I am sharing excerpts and links to the complete articles. “About those unthinking, backward Catholics” was written October 13 by Philadelphia’s Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, posted on the AMAC website (first link) as well as the archdiocese website.

Archbishop Chaput described a 2008 visit from two men from Catholics United, a liberal political action group: “It was an interesting experience. Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence. And presumably (for them) bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side.”

He described this year’s anti-Catholic emails released by Wiki-leaks: “A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.”

Then Chaput published a supportive email from a Protestant leader, and finally concluded with these three paragraphs. I love the sarcasm in the first paragraph and his succinct summary of the choice we faced in the second:

“Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.

In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.

In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.”

The entire essay is worth reading, and it distills why I voted against Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump: one of the main reasons was future Supreme Court appointees who will uphold religious liberty.

Post-Election Peace Proposal

The archdiocese website published a December 19 guest column from Russell Moore, President of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Moore argues for charitable dialogue between people who disagreed on the election, including those who abstained from voting for President for conscience sake. It’s a thoughtful piece and is helpful in relating to others who, like Moore, voted “present” for President this year. I still think my Pugh analysis to vote for one of the major candidates was the right course of action, but respect those who chose Options C or D. We are all Americans at the end of the day and like it or not, Donald Trump will be our President on January 20.

 

Other articles

Last summer I gave a talk at work about my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. You can see the slides and the text of the talk. Below that there are also links to the presentation our USA Melting pot club gave to the Troy City Council.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.

Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.

Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.