Here are my
thoughts on the Republican claims that Senate Democrats are guilty of anti-Catholic bigotry for opposing the judicial nomination of Alabama
Attorney General William Pryor. It's my new column
in The Hill
To my mind, it's an extremely ugly and cynical game the Republicans are playing -- led by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). They're doing their best to wrench advocacy of abortion rights into some latter-day version of anti-papal hysteria. Santorum's argument, in essence, is that political opposition to pro-lifers is fine, unless they base their pro-life stance on their Catholicism, in which case any such opposition becomes a form of anti-Catholic bias.
To me, that argument is ridiculous on its face. And there is the added ugliness of tossing around fake charges of religious bigotry for the most frivolous reasons -- precisely the charge Republicans constantly make against Democrats. In any case, I make my argument in the column.