I find this a bit wild. The New York Times ran a story today on Senator elect Marco Rubio’s faith. You see, he calls himself a Catholic but he attends an evangelical church. And the Times is going to get the the bottom of this.
Marco Rubio, the charismatic senator-elect from Florida, is in many ways similar to other Cuban-American politicians from his home state: conservative, Republican and a “practicing and devout Roman Catholic,” in the words of his spokesman, one who “regularly attends Catholic Mass” and “was baptized, confirmed and married in the Roman Catholic Church,”
But while Mr. Rubio, 39, presented himself on his Florida Statehouse Web site and in interviews as a Roman Catholic, bloggers and journalists have noted since Mr. Rubio’s election that he regularly worships at an evangelical megachurch whose theology is plainly at odds with Catholic teaching.
I understand bloggers and religious websites wondering where Rubio stands as far as his faith goes but the New York Times? Really?
And if the Times thinks the faith of legislators is fair game, how many other legislators have had stories done on their faith? With all those legislators in Congress, is the New York Times sending reporters to see whether they head to Church on Sunday? I think not.
I believe this was done because it was an opportunity to hurt Marco Rubio. That’s it. Liberals fear Rubio so his base of support must be splintered in order to derail him.
Ironically, the Times can’t seem to admit that faith is important to people so the denouement of the piece concludes that it doesn’t really matter.
It may never be clear whether Mr. Rubio is more Catholic or Protestant. The question itself reduces a complex experience, human religiosity, to simple terms. What may be clear from this story — call it The Case of the First Catholic Protestant Senator — is that in America, religious distinctions matter less all the time.
Soooooo, let me get this right, religious distinctions matter less all the time so the Times writes a story about one particular Senator’s faith.
Uhm, does that make sense to anyone else?
I don’t know or understand Rubio’s faith but I’m not sure it’s appropriately questioned in the pages of the New York Times. If the Times wants to set itself up as lead Inquisitor, I’d like to see it handled a little more evenhandedly.