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'Salon' Hits Rubio for a Surfeit of Catholicism

With voting in Iowa and New Hampshire just around the corner, the atheists and anti-religion nuts on the left are pulling out all the stops to frame this election as a war between reason and superstition. Behold Salon:

One of the most annoying things about religious folks is that they just cannot keep their “good news” to themselves.

Not two weeks into the new year, the frocked and beanied capo dei capi of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, chose to impose upon humanity a book of his own authorship, “The Name of God Is Mercy.” The title alone should have given reviewers cause to dispatch the tome, unopened, straight into the waste bin. “Mercy?” From a purportedly omnipotent Lord who chose to sire a kid whom He subjected to ghastly tortures culminating in execution? Who battered and abused poor Job on a whim? Who ordered a patriarch to knife his own long-awaited son? The name of God, were God to exist, would be anything but mercy.

In any case, do we really want to hear about mercy from the Pope, who, phony liberal pretensions notwithstanding, oversees an organization whose “men of the cloth” have, for so long, and so mercilessly, subjected the youngest and most vulnerable of their parishioners to rape and other varieties of sexual abuse that they may well be guilty of torture? (A United Nations committee is investigating this.)

Hey, wait a minute! I thought this was supposed to be a story about Marco Rubio! But, first, let’s bash the Supreme Court’s Catholics:

Yet we can choose to ignore such papal dreck. Not so with the theocratic strivings of members of our own judiciary, which may, depending on who wins the White House later this year, eventually impinge on our lives through Supreme Court rulings. As Sean Illing recently pointed out for Salon, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kicked off 2016 by delivering a speech in which he snatched the credit for our country’s battlefield victories from our ancestors and awarded it to the Almighty, as if He doesn’t already get enough praise…

If there’s anything worse than a sneering lefty, it’s a sneering atheist lefty. Finally Jeffrey Tayler gets to his main point:

Moreover, faith-derangement syndrome afflicts the undeniably young and intelligent, and most notably, among the Republican contenders for the White House, Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio once converted to Mormonism but currently two-times with both the Catholic Church and the extremist, anti-gay, pro-exorcist Christ Fellowship. He has just put out a television campaign ad entitled “Marco Rubio on His Christian Faith.”

As a pianist taps out a somniferously bland tune that would befit an ad for a last-rites parlor, Rubio, seated against a dark backdrop, explains the delicate balance he strives to achieve in melding his faith and career as a lawmaker, as well as offering detailed, faith-inspired plans for governing the United States in a time of international turmoil and domestic discontent.

No, wait! He leaves out the plans and turmoil abroad and the discontent at home. He uses his campaign ad to talk only about religion. Aren’t campaign ads supposed to at least have something to do with politics?

Etc., etc. The piece rattles on a great length to no apparent purpose or end, except to sneer and smear.

The derangement of the atheist left is truly a thing of beauty and a joy forever; it’s just too bad nobody can be there at the moment they realize they’ve lost Pascal’s Wager. That said, I am not comfortable with the degree to which faith has been injected into the campaign among and between Trump, Cruz and Rubio. They’re running for president, not for archbishop of Canterbury.

If I were Rubio, I would be much more worried about this hit piece, which just ran in the New York Observer. This one’s going to leave a mark.