Daily Archives: April 2, 2010

No name-calling necessary

graham,lindseySen. Lindsey Graham (in photo), R-S.C., had plenty of harsh things to say Sunday about health reform and Democrats on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Then there was this: “When you use the N-word and when you question somebody’s patriotism, you’re off base. President Obama is a fine man. He’s a good father, he’s a good role model. He’s an American liberal. The reason I don’t say he’s a socialist, because most people associate that with being un-American. He is an American just as much as anybody else. The idea that he’s very liberal I think is pretty clear to the American people. He ran as a centrist, he’s governing from the left ditch, that’s his big problem. And we don’t need to call each other names.”

Voters leaning toward Republicans

elephantloveA new Gallup Poll of the generic congressional ballot found that 47 percent of registered voters surveyed said they’d like a Republican and 44 percent preferred a Democrat. “A Republican advantage among all registered voters in midterm elections has been rare in Gallup’s 60-year history of tracking congressional voting preferences, happening only a few times each in the 1950, 1994 and 2002 election cycles — all years in which Republicans had strong Election Day showings,” the Gallup report said.

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European bishops take action on abuse

Good for European Catholic bishops for reaching out to victims of sexual abuse by priests and for taking steps to hold priests and the church accountable. It’s long, long overdue. Associated Press reported: “Swiss bishops urged victims to consider filing criminal complaints. German bishops opened a hotline for victims. Danish bishops launched an inquiry into decades-old claims. And Austria’s senior cleric, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, admitted church guilt as he presided over a service for victims billed as a sign of repentance. ‘Thank you for breaking your silence,’ Schoenborn told the victims. ‘A lot has been broken open. There is less looking away. But there is still a lot to do.’” Schoenborn also is creating an independent and clergy-free commission to suggest ways to strengthen church guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse. The Swiss bishops said in a statement that “it is important to us that unconditional transparency is brought to the past.”