e.g. on the vote for Iraq intervention.
I have no idea how Santorum thought about his vote on Iraq. If he thought "whoo yeah, let's go kill some people to take their oil" then yes, that would be in violation of the Just War doctrine, but there's no proof of that offered in the article.
Then there's this:
First of all, the phrase "preferential option for the poor" didn't exist until the 60s and it has its roots in "liberation theology" which has largely been opposed by the Church. Personally i hadn't heard the phrase until this article (but i'm not Catholic; though i did go to a Catholic HS and took religion courses there back in the 90s). Next, i haven't found support for the "in public policy" part asserted in the argument. If you read this pretty good description of the phrase http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/blog...-for-poor.html you'll note that it doesn't mention public policy at all.And, Gehring adds: "When questioned about how his economic views clash with the Catholic demand for a 'preferential option for the poor' in public policy, Santorum was completely unfamiliar with this bedrock Church teaching."
This is clearly not a "bedrock Church teaching". Taking care of the poor, yes THAT is a bedrock Church teaching. Passing laws to redistribute money from the rich to the poor... not so much (afaik).
Anyway, i don't really want to defend Santorum because i don't like pretty much anything i hear him say or hear said about him, but this article itself is also mostly crap.
But this obsession with the idea that Obama is a sekrit muslin and that he's really a Kenyan citizen and not an American are kinda beyond the pale. Especially given that McCain was actually born outside the US.
On the other hand black conservatives have to endure being called Uncle Toms and have some pretty hateful things said about them because they aren't considered "down for the struggle".
None of that has anything to do w/ the legal question of whether he is a natural born citizen of the USA (which i think he was, and even if he wasn't i don't really care, but it's pretty weird that they haven't produced that damned paper yet).
Also, the McCain question is fair as well. I'm not at all convinced there wouldn't be a McCain birther movement if he had won the election. After all you still hear mentioned how Bush stole the election.
I'm sure some birthers are racist, but i don't think you have to be racist to be a birther. I think it's primarily partisanship.
Oh you're definitely one of THOSE Asians. :-DIt's very common for people who are racist against a certain minority to like and laud what they consider an atypical individual who belongs to that group as "one of the good ones". I mean, people say to me all the times things like "You're not one of THOSE Asians". You see how the fact that they find me acceptable in no way disproves their bias against Asians, right?