Political Reactions to Papal Election Speak Volumes
Governor Chris Christie, a pro-life Catholic, used Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the election of Pope Francis:
Great news on Pope Francis I for all New Jersey Catholics
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) March 13, 2013
No public reaction was forthcoming from his 2013 Democrat rival and radically pro-abortion legislator Barbara “Buckle Up” Buono; at about the same time that Francis emerged to meet his flock, Sen. Buono’s Facebook page celebrated the centrality of “collective bargaining” in functioning democracy.
I suppose the labor movement is the closest thing that liberals like Buono have to a personal theology?
Those same liberals would explain that their disinterest in the papacy is, in fact, rooted in purely political differences; Peter’s successors are uniformly socially conservative and vocally opposed to gay marriage, abortion and contraceptive use.
But you and I know this growing “God gap” between the parties runs much deeper, Save Jerseyans.
Public polls have shown an increasingly dramatic divide between the parties on the topics of religion and faith over the past few decades. And the issue isn’t Catholicism or the Roman pontiff. Modern American politics is marked by an expanding disconnect between those who don’t believe in anything beyond government ‘s power and authority and, on the other hand, those who believe their rights are derived from less temporal realms. Americans were less divided during Civil War in this key respect.
At the end of the day, New Jersey’s gubernatorial contest proves no exception to this major development. The consequences of selecting one worldview over the other couldn’t be clearer for voters actually paying attention.