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December 01, 2005

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Kevin Miller

Vote Blackwell.

Nance

The NYT ran a story about this statue the other day, but the photograph didn't capture the water element (surely a stormwater retention pond). He sort of looks like Neptune rising from the depths, eh? Our Lord of the Retention Pond, pray for us.

Tim Ferguson

He looks like he's about to break out in the dance during "If I Were a Rich Man."

Badly Drawn Catholic

Yeah, there are a lot of Catholics in Ohio that take their religion, high school football, (11 of the 24 semi-finalists in the HS tournament were Catholic schools) seriously.

I grew up in a small Ohio town where Catholics numbered about 10% of the local population and were (and are) put down by the local Pentecostals and Evangelicals. I do not know what the situation is in the larger Catholic strongholds of Cleveland or Cincinnati, but there is a lot of tension between Catholics and the Evangelicals in large parts of the Ohio.

RP Burke

The principal leader of the evangelical politicos here is a dyed-in-the-wool anti-Catholic, Rod Parsley, who dropped out of a bible school (as the Columbus Dispatch reported) to start his 1-800 Master Card or Visa ministry.

Blackwell? Are you kidding me? The real candidate with an honest religious message is Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland, a Presbyterian minister who has served in Congress for a decade.

Christine

"Rod Parsley, who dropped out of a bible school (as the Columbus Dispatch reported) to start his 1-800 Master Card or Visa ministry."

And oh how well it has served him. He definitely is a poster boy for the "God *wants* me to have a fine house, car, swimming pool etc. etc." theology.

John Murray

Every time we drive past that statue I feel conflicted. I want to kick a football through the arms but the large water trap says "5 iron."

Jim Hammer

Strickland? Are you kidding me? "...honest religious message..."?

From NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio website:

"In Ohio, nearly every state-wide elected official is anti-choice. A full two-thirds of our State Represenatives and State Senators are also anti-choice.

On the federal level, Ohio's congressional delegation includes four members with 100% pro-choice voting records during 2004: Congressman Sherrod Brown, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Congressman Ted Strickland and Congressman Dennis Kucinich."

http://www.prochoiceohio.org/s04politicalupdates/legislators.shtml

What honest religion condones abortion?

Strickland: Pro-Choice
Petro: Muliple-Choice

Only Ken Blackwell is Pro-Life in the Governor's race.

Kimberly

Moreover, Petro came out against the marriage amendment last year, along with Montgomery and Taft, IIRC. Only Blackwell, who I believe is Catholic, took a stand for marriage and is consistently pro-life. I think Petro's trying to cover his tracks from last year but I doubt he'll be able to be seen as the true social conservative in the Republican primaries. (Although that Catholic/Evangelical tension, which I did not perceive to be in evidence at all on the major issues last year, may possibly come in.)

Tim

And this is why the only thing I miss about Ohio is Skyline Chili, United Dairy Farmer's Milkshakes and my parents. Not necessarily in that order.

Annalucia

The statue looks like Oliver Reed playing Vulcan in ``The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.''

James Englert

I keep seeing the picture with a cartoon bubble over this Jesus' head: "Don't need no stinkin' cross anyway!"

James Kabala

Wasn't there a time when evangelicals criticized Catholics for making statutes of Jesus?

derringdo

Looks like a lost FX test from Clash of the Titans to me.

TSO

Blackwell has been on the Christian radio in Columbus more often than some of the station's hosts. And that's going back years. Since he's got a nice (and surprising) lead, it looks like Petro is getting desperate and playing the religion card.

Maureen

Aw, c'mon. I go by that statue all the time. It's really not ugly. It sure beats looking at gas stations.

However, it is a bit funny that it's on the same road as the big flea market with the plastic statue of a stallion rampant on its sign.

TSO

Blackwell has the lead if that wasn't clear.

paul

The reader adds that the ad begins with the candidate, in voice-over, saying "What does God ask of us?"

Sigh. I just spent a lot of time arguing with a co-blogger that conservatives - or most of them - do not in fact seek to codify the Bible into law or impose their religion on others unwillingly. Statements like this do not help. That's not to say a politician needs to put his religion on the backburner, for after all, we are all informed by our religious beliefs one way or the other. But that's just so over-the-top as to turn many voters off, even in the Republican primary.

James Englert

"However, it is a bit funny that it's on the same road as the big flea market with the plastic statue of a stallion rampant on its sign."

And, just a mile or two away from a big billboard of a stripper recumbent.

Rosemarie

+J.M.J+

>>>Our Lord of the Retention Pond, pray for us.

Sorry for being pedantic, but shouldn't that be "Our Lord of the Retention Pond, have mercy on us"?

In Jesu et Maria,

Rich Leonardi

He sort of looks like Neptune rising from the depths, eh?

Actually, up close he looks like Ernest Borgnine.

Blackwell? Are you kidding me? The real candidate with an honest religious message is Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland, a Presbyterian minister who has served in Congress for a decade.

Would that be the same Ted Strickland who got a 100% rating by NARAL in 2004?

jane

TOUCH DOWN!!!!!!!

RP Burke

Actually, pro-choice groups are divided about Strickland. He voted for the ban on partial-birth abortions, for example.

RP Burke

And he articulates a vision of government that sounds like a great deal of Catholic social teaching.

Unlike Blackwell, who is the front man for one of the most dishonest campaigns in the nation's history: the coming referendum on a so-called tax and expenditure limit constitutional amendment that would effectively destroy both state and local governments.

Troll

RP Burke,
If pro-choice groups are divided about him, he is wrong about a core element of Catholic social teaching. It is good that he voted against the partial birth abortion ban, of course. But if I were in politics, I would hope that the pro-choice groups would be totally against me. The choicers I've known in my personal life are totally against me on this issue.

Connecticut Cranky

I don't mind the statue much at all -- but isn't he supposed to be walking ON the water, not sinking into it?

Connecticut Cranky

Actually, it will look a lot better once they raise the money to get the legs built.

Charles R. Williams

"And he articulates a vision of government that sounds like a great deal of Catholic social teaching."

Does that mean Strickland supports vouchers? Does he oppose single sex "marriage"? Is he pro-life? Or does it mean he promotes the growth of the nanny state condemned in Centessimus Annus?

Ohio has just about the worst economy in the nation and the reason is the explosion in state spending over the past 16 years under two phony Republicans. I see no signs that state and local government here in Ohio are underfunded. I do see a lot of mismanagement. Within 15 miles of my house there are two public universities competing for the same local student body by building lavish recreation centers and driving up tuition.

The only good thing to come from Republican Bob Taft is a modest voucher program.

Jeanne Schmelzer

Ted Strickland is not pro-life. He is not to be voted for. Blackwell is a good guy who promoted the marriage amendment in Ohio in 2004.

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