Grrrrr. Of course most of the catholics who read this blog knew that all the anti-Kerry catholic news of late was a crock of shit. We knew that it was ridiculous for the catholic institution to treat Kerry like a heretic for supporting the pro-choice platform and would be excommunicated along with those who vote for him. The Vatican says it was duped on the Kerry stance by right wing conservative hateful catholics who support bush. Even the Vatican PR machine released a statement previously that catholics may vote for a pro-choice candidate if they believe that the other candidate is evil (I'm paraphrasing).
Just like the evil republicans have made the wonderful and ethical word "liberal" into a slur, they have made the idea of "pro-choice" into a synonym for "pro-abortion".
Let me clear something up right now: If a woman is faced with a choice when she finds that she is pregnant, she is most likely to choose life. That is a choice too. Just because I support the pro-choice platform, doesn't mean that I am performing, promoting, condoning or having abortions. It's a decision between a woman and her doctor. I was pregnant and I know what a grueling ordeal it is. Men don't know, so I don't want to hear their opinions.
This whole topic falls under 2 distinct characteristics of fascism:
# 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined -- Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
# 5. Rampant Sexism -- The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and antigay legislation and national policy.
And of course all the damage has been done since CNN and other 24 hour news outlets have given too much time to the bogus topic that the Vatican disapproves of John Kerry.
# 6. Controlled Mass Media -- Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or through sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.