Thursday, January 19, 2012

Politics, Strange Bedfellows, the LDS-Catholic Alliance, and Mr. Gingrich

Well, maybe I spoke too soon when I noted previously the irony of the  Catholic-Mormon alliance to defend the "traditional" model of family.  As I said, the Catholic and Mormon understandings of what makes family tick couldn't be further apart, when the former preaches the one-man, one-woman, for-life model, and the latter has roots going back to its very foundations that have comprised polygamous models of marriage.

If Marianne Ginther Gingrich is speaking truth when she now says that the Newt wanted an "open marriage" with her and Callista--Newt + Marianne + Callista--then the Catholic model of marriage may, indeed, be closer to the Mormon model than I had previously realized.

Callista being a "devout Catholic," of course.  And the ostensible cause for Newt's conversion to Catholicism.

The old saying, Politics makes for strange bedfellows, surely does seem to apply to the Mormon-Catholic alliance to defend "traditional" family and "traditional" marriage.  But in the case of Newt the Catholic (and now, it seems, of the Catholic bishops through their alliance with the Mormons), it might need to be altered to read, Politics makes for many bedfellows.

And Newt endorsed the right-wing Christian "marriage pledge," saying he "uphold[s] the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others"?  Has the man no shame at all?

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