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Friday, January 06, 2012

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Ed Peters

"...Dean Obeidallah, who is described as a comedian. That helps to explain why he wrote it for CNN."

You can't make this stuff up. But it's still evil.

Chad Stolly

Thanks for giving Mr. Obediallah his due treatment on this, Carl. You hit the nail on the head when you point out how Santorum's reasoning is rooted in Natural Law.

I also found Obediallah's point about Santorum's use of the word 'God' as a theological imposition particularly predictable. Sure Santorum means the God of Christianity; he's a Christian! He professes belief in the one God for the only good reason to do so: because he believes it's true. Not because he wants to impose his believes on everyone else.

Peter l

Dean Obeidallah seems to be a guy every father would want his daughter to meet.

Yes,i am being sarcastic.

Agnieszka

The comments on that CNN website are as scary, or scarier, than the article itself. Somebody actually made a "good" point saying that Santorum won't get elected because his views are too extreme!

Obediallah's views are mainstream but "natural law" and what it entails are foreign and "extreme" -- how insane and inane, and pathetic it is.

Joe

How things change. 15 years ago CNN was considered the most "news" and objective network, something most people thought good. Now it isn't, and no one seems to mind that objectivity is not even sought. We went from denying to bias to the p[resumption that bias was not only inevitable but good. Journalism in the traditional sense seems like a dead profession.

M

Although in agreement I don't think that there is a clear idea as to why not contraception (it is an ideal too I think in a sense). Likewise NFP is not generally known about, is poorly promoted and what I think is needed is a proper communication to the woman that would learn the method (necessary for it to be highly effective ie to be taught by a teacher) regarding what she would be learning to check that this is needed (also making it possible to be a joint decision) and therefore desired (as a matter also I think of informed consent) although just knowing of the existence of this "method"( ie/eg Billings Ovulation method) would say for young people make sense of a lot (eg in their "sex ed". Of course for everyone else too that are not aware).

Greg

So glad you posted on this, Carl. I saw this on CNN and couldn't believe even they would lower themselves to publishing such hogwash! Oh me of little faith...

Dan

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/05/rick_santorum_channels_st_augustine/

If you think that was bad, check out the piece above by Linda Hirshman in Salon. The article is about Santorum but also includes some sub-juvenile remarks about St. Augustine. At least Obeidallah does not purport to be anything more than a comedian. Hirshman calls herself a professor of philosophy and in fact holds a Ph.D. in philosophy.

David Elton

You're wasting you time commenting on a debased comedian. Pornography is like a sacrament to these show biz lefties. Something to do with individual freedom, I think -- freedom to go to hell.

Carl E. Olson

David: Darn it. Well, I guess I better delete my post, eh? But, seriously, we both know that I didn't write my post for his benefit; rather, it was meant to bring some attention to the sort of irrational, ridiculous attacks made on Catholics and Catholic beliefs—and facilitate by supposedly reputable news sources. It was also meant to show how absolutely vapid and, well, stupid are the sort of increasingly mainstream attacks made by those who, for whatever perverse reason, think they are the cat's meow, the cool street-wise intellectuals, the hip and "with it" crowd.

Anthony S. Layne

Carl: Thanks for picking up on Obeidallah's silliness. I've also written a couple of things about his hit piece; one point that especially struck me is that, by constructing the term "Judeo-Christian Sharia", Obeidallah is deliberately playing on American anti-Islamic prejudice and ignorance — really objectionable, considering Obeidallah's an Arab-American.

Tolkiencatholic.blogspot.com

Just want to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of Natural Law. I think liberal education is the reason for this comedian's lack of basic philosophical knowledge. It is honestly a shame. St. Thomas Aquinas's discussion of Eternal, Natural, Divine and Positive law is not that difficult. Aquinas's argument is not even lengthy: Question 91- On Different Kinds of Law (Summa Theologiae).

Larissa

Yesterday, I met with my ptaient who is in Hopsice. She just finished reading your book and was excited to pass it on to her sister in law who is a devout Catholic. She made comments that she has been reading the book ever so slowly has your writing have slowed her down to really think about her own life,(63 yrs old) She is just loving the book and hopes to meet you someday. Perhaps I can make a little side trip to visit you. They too own land up in Showlow and go down your way periodically.

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