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Friday, June 8, 2012

Pelosi and Religion

At a press conference yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that religion and politics are separate realms:
Q: Leader Pelosi, what about the 43 Catholic institutions that have now sued the administration over the regulation that requires them to provide contraceptives, sterilization, abortions in their health care plans and they say that violates their religious freedom. Do you report the Catholic Church in their lawsuits against the Administration?
Leader Pelosi. Well, I don't think that is the entire Catholic Church. Those people have a right to sue, but I don't think they are speaking ex cathedra for the Catholic Church and there are people in the Catholic Church, including some of the Bishops, who have suggested that some of this may be premature.
Q: But do you agree with the Catholic Church teaching that...
Leader Pelosi. You know what? I do my religion on Sunday in church and I try to go other days of the week. I don't do it at this press conference.
But on May 6, 2010, she took a very different perspective on the topic:
They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”

“And that Word is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word.