The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Church Teachings and the GOP

Juan Cole has published a list of 10 Catholic teachings that have been rejected by Rick Santorum, who is a strong supporter of the Church’s position on birth control.  The list includes Church opposition to the death penalty, the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the treatment of illegal immigrants as criminals, and the Bush concept of preventive war.  The Catholic Bishops favor the provision of health care for all Americans, an increase in the minimum wage, the right of workers to organize and join unions, and the provision of welfare for needy families. 

The Catholic Bishops and the GOP
Have come together in unity
To fight insured free birth control.
But other issues, on the whole,
The Bishops call for aren’t upheld.
Republicans must feel compelled
To say that issues they’ve forsaken
Are those where Bishops are mistaken.

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