Oct
26
2010

MN Democratic party attacks Catholics to get to Protestant.

The Protestant being Dan Hall, who is a candidate for Minnesota State Senate – and as far as I can tell, an Evangelical pastor. Which is not the same as a Roman Catholic priest. This is kind of important, as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota apparently thinks that all Christian clergy look alike to them. The short version is that the below ad was mailed out to attack Hall, and in a fashion that completely misrepresents both Dan Hall and the Roman Catholic Church. the National Catholic Register calls this “The Most Anti-Catholic Political Ad You’ll Ever See,” and it’s hard to argue with that:

Now, I understand that Democratic activists sometimes have difficulty telling the difference between Christians and all that, but when you put out ads the idea is to help your own side. The incumbent Democrat is already disavowing this ad and doing his best to pretend that he has nothing to do with his own political party; he’s also claiming that he’s running a positive campaign, which I suppose is easy enough to do when you can get somebody else to channel the spirit of the Know-Nothing Movement for you. Certainly, the Roman Catholic church itself is not amused, particularly since they have essentially nothing to do with this election in the first place.

And that’s not even getting into the content of the ads, which brazenly attempt to smear Hall, who is a man heavily involved with volunteer chaplain services in the Midwest. Then again, we’re talking about desperate Democratic activists.

And I can’t think of a worse thing to call them.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

UPDATE: Not the first time that they’ve deliberately used Catholic imagery in their attacks on Hall, either.

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  • Rob Crawford says:

    Remember that the campaign against Jindal included pointing out he’s Catholic and has dark skin. Imagine how little bigotry there would be in this country if the Democrats hadn’t spent most of their history stirring it up.

  • Former Minnesotan says:

    There’s a back story here worth noting. The new Archbishop of St.Paul-Mpls is much more conservative than his predecessor. In September Archbishop Nienstedt distributed a DVD defending traditional marriage all across the diocese. Then a couple of weeks ago when a group of self described Catholics festooned with rainbow ribbons and buttons promoting homosexuality and gay marriage approached the altar at communion Archbishop Nienstedt gave them all his blessing but withheld the Eucharist.

    This insistance on following Church doctrine has not endeared him with Twin City left wingers.

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