Earl E. Appleby's busy Times Against Humanity covering the Republican National Convention. Now that President Bush has accepted the nomination, I expect Earl will give an excellent summary of events and grace us once again with is contributions. =)
In the meantime. here's a brief roundup of some GOP related stories that might be of interest to our readers:
CKW co-editor Oswald Sobrino has taken the time to review the Republican Party Platform, and declares it "Catholic-friendly."
Over at Curt Jester, CKW co-editor Jeff Miller reflects on the first Republican speaker to speak on abortion and same-sex marriage.
In 1992, a pro-abortion Zell Miller offered the nomination address for presidential candidate Bill Clinton -- who eventually became the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. Today's Zell Miller is a different man, though still a Democrat. He says he has lost faith in his party though he and many other pro-life Democrats remain members of it." LifeNews.com has the story of Zell's "conversion."
Chris Matthews, no friend to pro-lifers, caused something of a scandal last year by giving the commmencement address at (Jesuit) Holy Cross University, in a move that was vehemently opposed by the Cardinal Newman society.
Needless to say, it was a pleasure to see the Senator from Georgia stand up to Matthew's "attack-dog" journalism and defend a woman's honor.
I had the impression that Michael Reagan was going to address the issue of stem cell research at the 2004 Republican National Convention (so reported CNSNews.com back in August). Unfortunately, it seems he was simply called to present a video biography of his father. While he did have the opportunity to remind his audience that My mother, father and birth-mother were pro-life, and pro-adoption," nary a mention was made about the issue of stem-cells.
As CKW pointed out last month ("Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up" August 14, 2004), science is actually on the side of the Republicans, and it would only be to their benefit to counter the "junk science" and illusive promises made by Ron Reagan and others. So long as as they neglect to do so, I believe Senator Kerry and the Democrats will have the upper hand in their appeal for public support of embroyonic stem cell research.
Patrick Sweeney ("Extreme Catholic") blogs about his experience attending The Republican Catholic Outreach Event, and the amazing people who are working to keep the GOP faithful to its traditional pro-life roots.
"Serenity in Storms", by Fr. George Rutler. National Review, Sept. 2, 2004. Sermon preached before the President of the United States and guests assembled in the Church of our Saviour in New York City for a prayer service on September 2, 2004. It is based on Mark 4:41.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.