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Kerry's Choice for Religious Outreach Director 'Confounding,' Group Says
CNSNEWS.com ^ | 6/15/04 | Melanie Hunter

Posted on 06/15/2004 5:40:04 PM PDT by kattracks

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign has hired a new director of religion outreach, who is being described by a Catholic group as "a curious choice."

Mara Vanderslice, who formerly worked as religion outreach director for Democrat Howard Dean, was raised without any faith and didn't become an evangelical Christian until she attended Earlham College, a Quaker school known for its adherence to pacifism, the Catholic League said on Monday.

According to Catholic League President William Donohue, when Vanderslice was in college she was active in the Earlham Socialist Alliance, a group that supports convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and openly embraces Marxism-Leninism.

Upon college graduation, Donohue said, Vanderslice spoke at rallies organized by ACT-UP, an anti-Catholic group that disrupted Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1989 and spit the Eucharist on the floor.

In 2000, according to Donohue, Vanderslice practiced civil disobedience by taking part in a protest of the World Trade Organization in Seattle, and in 2002, she was among those who tried to shut down the nation's capital in a protest against the IMF and the World Bank.

"At first John Kerry was considered too moderate for Mara, which is why she became Howard Dean's Religion Outreach Director," Donohue said. "She admits that she was a freak in the Dean campaign: her colleagues dubbed her the 'church lady,' informing her that Dean was liked precisely because he didn't talk about religion."

"'How in the world did you get hired?' is how one staffer put it," Donohue said.

"Unfazed Mara contends we have a 'collective commitment to protect the integrity of God's creation,' specifically citing the needs of the 'least of these.' Yet she supports John Kerry, a man who has never learned of an abortion he couldn't justify, Donohue said.

"All the polls show Kerry getting whipped badly by Bush among practicing Catholics, Protestants and Jews. Moreover, the latest edition of Time magazine reports that only 7 percent of likely voters think Kerry is a man of strong religious faith," Donohue said.

"Given all this, his choice of Mara Vanderslice as his religious point woman is confounding. Her resume is that of a person looking for a job working for Fidel Castro, not John Kerry.

"Just wait until Catholics and Protestants learn who this lady really is," he added.

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1 posted on 06/15/2004 5:40:06 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Would an actual Christian or believing Jew actually sign on with this man? I am sure a Moslem would but it might not "send the right message" or something.


2 posted on 06/15/2004 5:44:33 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Ong la nguoi di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: kattracks; NYer; Siobhan; narses; Aquinasfan; ELS; saradippity; Salvation; maryz; livius; ...

Kerry's a real barrel full of laughs, isn't he?


3 posted on 06/15/2004 5:44:54 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: kattracks

This is pretty typical Democratic tactic to say one thing in public then have underlyings do another. Clinton would talk a good centrist game but many of the administrators under him were hard core leftists.


4 posted on 06/15/2004 5:46:09 PM PDT by mkj6080
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To: ThanhPhero
she attended Earlham College, a Quaker school known for its adherence to pacifism

Logical choice.

For their warped thought process.

LVM

5 posted on 06/15/2004 5:49:48 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (I will cast my vote for King Lurch........I'll change my mind in early November....)
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To: kattracks

If memory serves me correctly from reading another article, the lady is in her late 20's. That doesn't provide her with a lot of political experience.


6 posted on 06/15/2004 5:50:01 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Wait until ya see my cabinet picks *-o


7 posted on 06/15/2004 5:52:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... In Memoriam Ronaldus Magnus)
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To: kattracks

The good news is that Kerry's choice for "Anti-Religious Director" beat out Karl Marx and Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

8 posted on 06/15/2004 5:54:46 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: kattracks

I just love it when leftists use words like "collective" and "workers".


9 posted on 06/15/2004 6:00:08 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: kattracks
...when Vanderslice was in college she was active in the Earlham Socialist Alliance, a group that supports convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and openly embraces Marxism-Leninism.
 
And, uh...this is surprising?

10 posted on 06/15/2004 6:02:49 PM PDT by Fintan ( 1950)
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To: Fintan
Google her name up and check out her photos. This chicklet is not ready for prime time a lot. She looks 23 with an attitude.

And I have to go to HTML camp, soon.

11 posted on 06/15/2004 6:09:59 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Half staff for President Reagan. Rest in peace, old friend.)
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To: kattracks
Hey, f**k the Catholics. They damn well better vote for Flipper John if they know whats good for them!

But, my bet here is that Mara was picked by Terry Kerry. Mara's anticatholicism, anti-Americanism and neocommunism were not weighed in the employment decision. But, if we can dig deep enough, I bet Mara worked for one of Terry's left-wing non-profits on one or more projects where she interacted well with some religious leader. It may not have been a reputable religious leader, but some one where the Widow Heinz and Flipper John's current wealthy wife was impressed.

12 posted on 06/15/2004 6:10:59 PM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Kerry's a real barrel full of laughs, isn't he?

Oh, yeah. Kerry and most of the Amchurch bishops who still welcome him at their altar rails communal "tables".

"Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., takes Communion during Palm Sunday services at the Charles St. AME Church, in Boston's Roxbury district, on April 4."

13 posted on 06/15/2004 6:11:27 PM PDT by Land of the Irish
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To: Thebaddog

 

Woof.

 

14 posted on 06/15/2004 6:20:26 PM PDT by Fintan ( 1950)
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To: Rome2000
"Better to reign in hell, than serve in Heaven.........." (Milton)
15 posted on 06/15/2004 6:24:48 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Gay State!)
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To: LasVegasMac
It's worse than that:

....when Vanderslice was in college she was active in the Earlham Socialist Alliance, a group that.....openly embraces Marxism-Leninism.

16 posted on 06/15/2004 6:29:11 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: kattracks; ThanhPhero; mkj6080; LasVegasMac; OldPossum; NormsRevenge; Rome2000; plain talk; ...
Kerry seems to be writing a sequel to The Screwtape Letters...

That is, assuming he's not possessed and is actually the one doing the writing. Too early to reach a conclusion on that number.

17 posted on 06/15/2004 6:36:58 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: kattracks

Exactly what is this supposed to accomplish?


18 posted on 06/15/2004 6:55:47 PM PDT by mingwah (Sunlight is the best disinfectant.......Justice Louis Brandeis)
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To: mingwah
Probably to energize the religious Left which might otherwise go for Nader.

There is a certain quality to Kerry which is both smarmy and Luciferian.

19 posted on 06/15/2004 7:02:07 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Liz

Ping.


20 posted on 06/15/2004 7:23:56 PM PDT by Fedora (Smeagol-Gollum 2004: "We can be our own VP, my Precious")
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