On of the guys who bleats loudest about the “War on Christmas” (other than Bill-O, of course) is Bill Donahue of the Catholic League. He’s now criticizing Huck for injecting too much religion into politics, specifically about his latest television advert.
Donahue, the president of the Catholic League and an ardent defender of Christmas in what he believes is a secular “war” against the holiday, told hosts of the Fox and Friends morning program that the ad had gone too far.
“The whole idea is to give the appearance of a cross,” he said, “and this is just injecting religion into politics even too far for guys like me.”
Asked if the ad was “too much,” Donahue said it was.
“Because there’s a pattern here,” he added. “Every other word out of [Huckabee’s] mouth is that ‘I’m Christian.’ He’s calling into question Romney’s Mormonism…let people talk about there faith, but don’t sell it on your sleeve.”
Added Donahue, “Yeah, I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but don’t become a salesman. Don’t hawk it like that on the street.”
The Catholic League president suggested that Huckabee was relying on his faith too heavily as a campaign tactic.
“If it was just the Christmas ad, I wouldn’t have one complaint about it,” he said. “But when you juxtapose that with all these other kinds of things, there’s a subliminal message there, and it’s all done intentionally…what he’s trying to say to the evangelicals in Western Iowa is ‘I’m the real thing.'”
“You know what?” concluded Donahue. “Sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is.”
Maybe Romney’s attempts to draw parallels to JFK switched on a little light in Donahue’s head that made him realize that an evangelical Christianist nation isn’t necessarily good for Catholics. After all, it was only 50 years ago that Kennedy had to defend his right to run for President as a Catholic. Now if he could just wrap his head around the fact that there are a lot of non-Christians in this country too, he’d understand where the “secular left” is coming from.
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