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Brownback disputes Catholicism e-mail

August 1, 2007


— Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said rival Mike Huckabee should apologize for a supporter's "prejudiced whisper campaign" against him for being Catholic.

The supporter, a pastor in Windsor Heights, Iowa, sent an e-mail to Brownback supporters pointing out that Huckabee is an evangelical Protestant and Brownback is not.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, is an ordained Baptist minister.

"I know Senator Brownback converted to Roman Catholicism in 2002," the Rev. Tim Rude, pastor of Walnut Creek Community Church, wrote in the e-mail. "Frankly, as a recovering Catholic myself, that is all I need to know about his discernment when compared to the governor's."

In the e-mail, Rude calls Huckabee "one of us."

Rude apologized Tuesday, saying he never meant to sound critical of Catholicism.

Brownback, a Methodist until he converted, said through a spokesman that Huckabee should apologize. With days to go before the Aug. 11 Iowa straw poll, a traditional measure of strength, Brownback's campaign has sparred with several other campaigns.


Frank Smith 10 years, 7 months ago

Sammy has sucked up to these nutcases for years. He should have no complaint that they're now biting him in the butt. He wants the vote of radical religious right, but he doesn't want them to choose another one of their own, rather than him, with evangelicals employing those same divisive tactics he endorses in other forums.

Sam's America will have no room for Muslims, Buddhists, Shintoists, Native American spiritual practice, maybe even Jews. But it's he who whines first when he feels discriminated against. Give us a break.

On July 13th, he was quoted by the LJ World saying on his friend Sean Hannity's hate program on Fox: "(I)t seems to me what's taking place is you're in a generational conflict with fascist Islam." Sam, who won't support the distribution of condoms or sex education, or family planning in the U.S. or sub-Sahara Africa continued: "But a group (sic) like Egypt, Pakistan, I think you've got to help them grow their economies to try to help stabilize their populations and so they don't get further into a more Islamic fascist type of area. But Iran, Sean, we've got to go directly at." "I think we have to keep the military options on the table, and all of those towards Iran, because that's one of the key funders, and that's one of the key organizing groups around these militant Islamic groups."

Rolling Stone: 1/25/06 "I am a seeker," he says. Brownback believes that every spiritual path has its own unique scent, and he wants to inhale them all. When he ran for the House he was a Methodist. By the time he ran for the Senate he was an evangelical. Now he has become a Catholic. He was baptized not in a church but in a chapel tucked between lobbyists' offices on K Street that is run by Opus Dei, the secretive lay order founded by a Catholic priest who advocated "holy coercion" and considered Spanish dictator Francisco Franco an ideal of worldly power. Brownback also studies Torah with an orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn. "Deep," says the rabbi, Nosson Scherman. Lately, Brownback has been reading the Koran, but he doesn't like what he's finding. "There's some difficult material in it with regard to the Christian and the Jew," he tells a Christian radio program, voice husky with regret.

"There's probably a higher level of Christians being persecuted during the last ten, twenty years than . . . throughout human history," Brownback once declared on (Watergate criminal Charles) Colson's radio show. Given to framing his own faith in terms of battles, he believes that secularists and Muslims are fighting a worldwide war against Christians -- sometimes in concert. "Religious freedom" is one of his top priorities, and securing it may require force. He's sponsored legislation that could lead to "regime change" in Iran, and has proposed sending combat troops to the Philippines, where Islamic rebels killed a Kansas missionary.

Crossfire 10 years, 7 months ago

...send combat troops to the Philippines, where Islamic rebels killed a Kansas missionary. Paint that on the wall.

eesti006 10 years, 7 months ago

Ironically Senator Brownback claims to be a devout catholic and yet has a history of being evasive and making backdoor deals with Nongovernmental organizations and unethical lobbyists.

Brownback received huge sums of "dirty money" from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff (currently in prison). Brownback suspiciously claims he only met Abramoff informally and yet Brownback received more than other legislators. It was Brownback who received $17,000 from pornography groups.

Brownback's relationship with the Tahirih Justice Center, a Non Government Organization remains under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. He claims to be pro-life yet he was the key speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Tahirih Justice Center, which is a radical Iranian religious extremist feminist group based in America with a very strong pro-abortion/anti-family/anti-Christian agenda.

Brownback worked in secret with Tahirih Justice Center sponsoring the International Marriage Broker Regulation act, an unconstitutional law that requires a background check in order for American matchmaking clients to communicate with a foreigner.

The Tahirh Justice Center receives large Federal grants, spending some helping women but spending GREATLY on Lobbyists and Public Advocacy (suspiciously) not itemized in their annual report.

On January 27, 2007 Brownback and Tahirih Justice Center manipulated Radio Vatican with a one sided radical feminist broadcast with shocking lies and hysterical anecdotes. They slandered Americans who date foreigners as " often sexual predators, rapists or even pedophiles:many are premeditated torturers". Two days after the broadcast began Radio Vatican scratched the broadcast after learning of numerous inaccuracies and false hysteria.

If Senator Brownback was willing to deceive the Vatican one wonders how much he is trying to deceive the public and media during his presidential campaign.

Dave Root

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