On Friday evening, Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Marco Rubio for being a “polarizing” figure and not a good “mainstream” Catholic like her.
Jesus and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seem to have different ideas of what it means to be a good Catholic. On Friday evening, Pelosi lashed out at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for being a “polarizing” figure and not a good “mainstream” Catholic like her.
When Rubio expressed his (very Catholic) opposition to same-sex marriage, Pelosi responded by pulling out her purported superior Catholic credentials, crowing that she had grown up in a “mainstream” Catholic family. She expressed her belief that Rubio’s opposition to same-sex marriage is “polarizing,” which threatens “mainstream Christian thinking.”
Pelosi’s reasoning presents two enormous problems, which seem to be lost on her and other “mainstream” Catholics.
First, over the centuries Jesus Christ has been called many things by admirers and adversaries alike, but “mainstream” is not one of them. And no one—to my knowledge—has ever suggested that Jesus was anything other than “polarizing.” Both those who loved him and those who hated him did so precisely because he was polarizing.
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