The Pope's Karl Rove
It's nice to see the Vatican taking its strategic cues from the White House. This week Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo told a Catholic news magazine, "We worry especially that, with current laws, speaking in defense of life and the rights of families is becoming in some societies sort of a crime against the state." [WaPo]
Legal experts say that the chances of the Catholic church facing any legal consequences for its religious teachings are slim to none. The facts don't stop Trujillo from whipping out the old dog whistle when it suits him. It's all about riling up the base and convincing them that the evil secularists want to persecute the faithful with their international codes of justice. Sounds familiar doesn't it?