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Catholic Leaders Call Out Gingrich And Santorum For Spreading Ugly Racial Stereotypes

#Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS 2012/01/21 06:38:04
For once in my life I can say "THANK YOU" to this group of Catholic leaders. Racism has been a scourge on this country from its inception. Newt Gingrich grew up in the stew of Georgia racism & prior to becoming a Catholic was a Southern Baptist. We all know that racism is encouraged in the deep south even to this very day.

All I can say is I hope Santorum & Gingrich will take the words of these Catholic leaders to heart.

A group of 45 Catholic leaders have called on GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.

In their letter to the two Republican candidates, the Catholic leaders wrote,

As Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul, we challenge our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail. Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Labeling our nation’s first African-American president with a title that evokes the past myth of “welfare queens” and inflaming other racist caricatures is irresponsible, immoral and unworthy of political leaders.


Some presidential candidates now courting “values voters” seem to have forgotten that defending human life and dignity does not stop with protecting the unborn. We remind Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum that Catholic bishops describe racism as an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans. At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting.

As the South Carolina primary approaches, we urge Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and all presidential candidates to reject the politics of racial division, refrain from offensive rhetoric and unite behind an agenda that promotes racial and economic justice.

It would be impossible for Gingrich to stop the politics of racial division, because one of the main tent poles of his campaign is racism. Whether it is the above mentioned food stamp president comments, or his plan to take poor minority kids out of school and turn them into a child labor workforce, the undercurrent in most of Newt Gingrich’s proposals is racism.

Rick Santorum is also guilty of spreading ugly racist stereotypes, but racism hasn’t been as big of a part of his campaign as it is for Newt Gingrich. One of the main reasons why Gingrich is such a threat to Mitt Romney is that he is not afraid to spread racism if that is what it takes to win the Republican nomination. Gingrich is reaping the poison fruits of the racist seeds planted by his party during the 2008 campaign.

The Catholic leaders deserve praise for taking a stand against tactics that have been used so effectively by Gingrich and Santorum. It has been disappointing that more Americans haven’t repudiated these tactics, and it is disgusting that except for Juan Williams, no one has called out Gingrich on his racist campaigning during any of the 15 or so GOP debates. The mainstream media isn’t just turning a blind eye to this destructive ugliness. They have given it a national platform.

The group Faith In Public Life consists of religious progressives and moderates who work to get the message out that the religious right does not speak for everyone Too often when the topic of religion in politics is written about or discussed, even the best writers can fall into the trap of generalizing all persons of faith based on the words and deeds of the religious right. The religious left has an outstanding tradition of promoting civil rights and social justice, and they will be needed more than ever during the 2012 campaign.

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  • American 2012/01/22 01:16:04
    American
    +1
    And yet when anyone dare even mentions the word "racism", they jump upon their big White racist horse, cry foul as loud as possible and accuse others of playing the proverbial "race card". How patetic and hypocritical is that.
  • HiYa 2012/01/21 20:42:41
    HiYa
    +3
    They are using language that appeals to racists.
  • Lulu's Mom 2012/01/21 18:32:00
    Lulu's Mom
    +4
    I don't care who calls them on it. Those good old boys need to be called on the carpet!
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/01/21 16:23:08
  • findthelight2000 2012/01/21 16:05:01 (edited)
    findthelight2000
    +1
    I can think of one liberally-minded Catholic (who apparently is illogically devoted to neo con Republicans) that I wish would see the all around ugliness of Newt Gingrich; but she blocked me for not agreeing with her - and that, after I protected her countless times.
  • Mike 2012/01/21 15:07:06
    Mike
    +2
    It's time someone tells those racist pricks to stop!
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/01/21 14:44:38
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +4
    Interesting......
  • Cookielane 2012/01/21 14:23:03
  • alonnastorm 2012/01/21 10:07:24
    alonnastorm
    +5
    Santorum and Gingrich are just throwing out red meat 4 the racist republicans 2 enjoy
  • goatman112003 2012/01/21 08:24:53
    goatman112003
    This is pure insanity and the worst form of political correctness. Has Obama in his administration had more people on food stamps than any other, the answer is yes. Has Obama by his policies put more people out of work or prevented work being obtained, the answer is yes. To say this because he is black is more than insane its sublime. Social justice under the guise of religion is religious communism and Christ never spoke or ever stated that.
  • JCD aka... goatman... 2012/01/21 08:36:03
    JCD aka "biz"
    +5
    The Catholic Church is in favor of social justice, only CINOs, Christians In Name Only, are against.
  • goatman... JCD aka... 2012/01/21 09:02:03
    goatman112003
    +1
    No where did Christ ever advocate that. What you are giving is liberation theology which is communism dressed up as religion. Its similar to the Twisted Cross of St Michael used In Romania to justify using Nazi tactics and beliefs.during WW2. This is the same church which supported Hitler's invasion of Russia because they were going to convert all the atheists and Orthodox to Catholic.
  • #Justic... goatman... 2012/01/21 09:03:42
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +6
    Ah a Glenn Beck devotee. This has NOTHING to do with political correctness. This is about applying GOD'S WORD to what 2 Catholics who are running for president despise. The gospels teach us what real Christians are supposed to do in relation to the poor. GinGRINCH & Santorum don't even espouse the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives.
  • goatman... #Justic... 2012/01/21 09:45:20
    goatman112003
    What this reminds me of some of the old nuns which saw evil everywhere going to the point where they dulled the leather of little girls shoes. According to St. Paul it is the love of money that is the root of all evil not money itself. The point being made is very simple, the current president has made decisions where no one has any work and the policies mean there is no hope for the future. He has put in policies where capital doesn't want to invest and the spending has come to the point where we can't ever pay it off. So we have become slaves to whoever owns that lent money. So if pointing this out is racist then we are all racists.
  • American goatman... 2012/01/22 01:39:56
    American
    +1
    At the expense of being redundant, Obama has more people on food stamps because the Bush disastrous administration fiasco inherited by Obama caused more people to be out of work. Unlike, Teapublicans, we are our brother's keepers and Obama will not them starve.

    First Teapublicans cost this country jobs by shipping jobs overseas, therefore making more people in this country eligible and dependent on food stamps for their existence. Now those poor excuses for human beings aka as Teapublicans are attempting to paint Obama as a "Food Stamp" President because he allows people to have the food stamps which Teapublicans made them eligible for. If you want to call Obama the food stamp president then thank the job killing do nothing Teapublicans and George W. Bush's preceding administration for making him one.
  • goatman... American 2012/01/22 03:11:58
    goatman112003
    The irony is you are calling the wrong pot black Blame Clinton, Blame Dodd , Schumer and blame Pelosi and Frank. The subprime came from Clinton, The trade setups came from Clinton with China. All attempts to modify the subprimes were blocked by Schulmer and Dodd and Reid. You got your almost trillion dollar stimulis and what did you spend it on turtle tunnels and hamster highways.. Don't blame the Republicans for shipping jobs off shore blame regulations and EPA for that crap. You support green energy but all of it is made somewhere else. so who is shipping the jobs offshore..
  • American goatman... 2012/01/22 14:45:32
    American
    +1
    I already know who to blame and it most certainly is not Clinton, Dodd, Schumer , Pelosi and Frank. It was a Republican administration and they were not president, George W. Bush was.

    Teapublicans don't accept blame for any of their actions, their mantra is "why accept blame for their own actions when they can attempt to shift the the blame on Democrats and Obama".

    You can take that propaganda and feed it to those of your ilk who dumb enough and hate filled enough to still believe right wing spin, lies, rhetoric, propaganda and BS. It is most definitely is not me.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2012/01/21 07:03:45

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