While we’re on the topic of unfair criticisms, I’m tired of hearing things like this from conservatives:
As you are no doubt well aware, Obama yesterday in effect decreed an amnesty for young illegal aliens, bypassing Congress and the Constitution. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is now APPLAUDINGthis action! [The document is in pdf.]
It was just a few months ago that they were screaming like stuck pigs over the administration’s unilateral order that that they include contraception in their health care plans. You called the bishops contemptible and you were absolutely correct. This corrupt group has no objections to the use of lawless power when it benefits their aims and objectives, but don’t you dare tread on their little bailiwick. This bunch of unprincipled leftists is why I left the Catholic Church.
Yes, that’s it; the Catholic Church is selfish for not wanting to participate in evil. How is this apostate’s opinion different from a Leftist’s? The bishops can say, quite honestly, that their principles underlie both positions. (A better criticism, made from time to time by Auster himself, is that the USCC’s “conservative” and “liberal” principles contradict or at least frustrate each other. There’s some truth to this.)