This will be a short post today. I am linking to two Catholic blogs which present interesting takes on the inauguration. I suspect one of them will stun any reasonable Catholic. At least I hope it will.
First though, Douglas Kmiec posted on Commonweal how taken back he was by the venom directed at him from blogs of the Catholic right. I personally sort of took that with a grain of salt. Anyone who reads blogs gets an eye full of ad hominem attacks from both ends of the spectrum. His post did however, prompt me to take a gander at some of the right wing Catholic blogs to see how they were taking Obama's inauguration and first days in office. Get ready folks, because America under President Obama is going to be slammed with vitriol like we have never seen.
Get your heads around this post on docweasel. Be forewarned, it's not not political commentary, it's pornography.
What amazes me about the docweasel post is the site from which I linked to it. The Anchoress is a Catholic site, very conservative, which has been selected as one of the blog finalists for a number of blog awards for 2008. I've generally found it a good source for insight into the mindset of conservative Catholics. I was very surprised to find docweasel was linked twice in a thread on the inauguration with zero warning as to it's content. The Anchoress also linked to this site giving commentary on Michelle Obama's inaugural wardrobe.
If this is where the Catholic right is going, Douglas Kmiec's observations are on target and this is scarey stuff. As one commentator on the Anchoress site wrote from her own unique point of view: "I don’t know how you feel about this, Anchoress, but there is going to come a point in which many on the Right are not going to take the abuse anymore. Someone is going to explode and do something he/she might regret. One can take such behavior for so long in human terms. I can now see why some are talking quietly about the possibility of secession. I would not blame them for wanting to have no part with that group of “I-want-my-money-now!” entitlement freaks."
Wow, scary stuff indeed, and not particularly Catholic, much less Christian.