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George Weigel On The Pelosi Deception

Monday, August 25, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From George Weigel, biographer of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, one of the most prominent Catholic public intellectuals:

In her “Meet the Press” appearance Aug. 24, Pelosi was asked by Tom Brokaw whether she agreed with Senator Obama’s statements on abortion at Saddleback. Pelosi, declaring herself an “ardent, practicing Catholic,” told Brokaw that “this is an issue that I have studied for a long time”-and then got herself into a deep muddle, in which she seemed to confuse St. Augustine with St. Thomas Aquinas (neither of whom, in any case, knew anything about modern embryology); misrepresented the settled (and scientifically informed) judgment of the Catholic Church on when life begins by declaring it an open question, and concluded by suggesting that none of this really makes a difference, because what the scientists, theologians, and philosophers say “… shouldn’t have an impact on a the woman’s right to choose.” The Speaker then misrepresented the legal impact of Roe v. Wade, arguing that the Supreme Court hadn’t created a right to “abortion on demand”-which will come as news to those on both sides of the ongoing debates over partial-birth abortion and other late-term abortion procedures, parental- and spousal-notifications laws and regulatory oversight of abortion clinics.

Be sure to read the entire piece.

Pelosi’s Meet the Press deception has triggered unprecedented, forceful responses from the American Roman Catholic hierarchy.

Has even one member of the MSM asked the Speaker for a response, a clarification, or an apology?

The attention Pelosi triggered on the abortion rights radicalism of her party is a gift to the pro-life cause, just as Obama’s stunningly stupid decision to bring up Ayers (HT: is a gift to people concerned that the extent of Obama’s ties to the unrepentant terrorist receive full review by the voters.

The Pelosi abortion deception and the attempt by Obama to downplay his long and significant association with Ayers are both attempts to head-fake the electorate in an era when such blatant evasions will not fly. Inside the Pepsi Center they may be unaware of the fact that both the nominee and the Speaker have stepped in it, and the MSM may be helping to keep the Dems misinformed.

But big lies don’t work in the age of new media. The Dems big week is off to an awful start.

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