|UK Catholics for Kerry
||[Nov. 3rd, 2004|12:34 am]
I was at a Catholic group meeting/dinner/social event/tract folding exercise this evening. It is nice because the Catholics in the UK are a very diverse bunch. The host was Indian of origin, cohabiting with a French girl. Yes. Cohabiting. OMG. Also because I come from a family with a strong Catholic tradition, so I can relate with most people there. I am not very much of a Catholic, but I know a lot about the traditions and their references. Although Catholics in the UK have their own history and specificities (Irish, Scottish, or the few who managed to stay out of the Anglican church and stay loyal to the Pope.)
Anyway, the topic of the US elections came about. Surprisingly perhaps, the clear majority was for Kerry. There was only one guy who began evoking the gay/abortion issues, but he was clearly rebuked with the Iraq/deficit question. I never would have thought of using the deficit as an argument for Catholics to vote Kerry, but one person there clearly thought running a deficit was un-Christian because parents should make sure children don't come out indebted in life.
Also, we made fun of Bush hearing voices. Some guy, I am not sure he was joking, called him the anti-Christ ;-P
None of them seemed to know Kerry is a Catholic.
My position? Don't mix religion with politics. Religion is personal. Spiritual. Individual. I guess I am the typical French secularist. But I learned there also is a strong secularist tradition in the UK.
Anyway, good luck to the US. I really hope Kerry comes out on top. This would make the political debate so much more rational. We could go back to discussing really important stuff and trying to solve them, instead of talking about the insane stupid things Bush does all the time. Bush was a fluke* of history. Let's keep it that way.
* "Fluke: Parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host"
Good luck people.