Grab any time machine you can find, take it back to any year from the founding of the Republican party until about 1970, and show the bios of this year’s GOP presidential ticket to the party leaders of the past. No doubt, their first response will be, “Weren’t there any Christians available?”
After all, the very first Republican party platform grouped the Mormons in with slaveholders, labeling polygamy and slavery “twin relics of barbarism” and calling for their eradication. President Lincoln later tried to do just that, signing into law the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, which specifically outlawed polygamy in the frontier territories. Its sponsor, Congressman Justin Morrill, called the practice “a Mohammedan barbarism revolting to the civilized world,” and likened it to “cannibalism or infanticide.”
And that’s nothing compared with what some Republicans used to say about Catholics.
Church and State
Though the Catholic Church may not be known for its quickness, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made a few changes to his political prayer in the week between the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Dolan’s Democratic prayer largely mirrored the words he gave to Mitt Romney and company at the Republican National Convention last week, with a few tweaks that injected a little bit of the pastor’s politics.
This just in from today’s DNC coverage: Tom Brokaw accidentally ate half an Ambien before appearing on Morning Joe. He’s O.K., though!
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Democratic National Convention
Come on, Democrats! The Republicans are totally kicking your ass right now in terms of absurd viral content. Sure, we know there’s a lot more cringe-inducing material for them to choose from, as the Tampa convention has already started. But for every Karl Rove James Carville impression, or politicians Tweeting pics with Jon Voight, you guys need to be up there with promoting next week’s CarolinaFest …