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Religions Broadcaster Attacks Mac Official "In a recorded message phoned to Michigan voters, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson attacks an official in John McCain's campaign as "a vicious bigot who wrote that conservative Christians in politics are anti-abortion zealots, homophobes and would-be censors."...Todd Harris, a McCain spokesman, did not allege any involvement by Bush's campaign, but said: "This is exactly the kind of politics that we had hoped we left behind in South Carolina. "Pat Robertson and (former Christian Coalition director) Ralph Reed hand delivered Governor Bush's victory to him in South Carolina," Harris said. "The people of Michigan have an opportunity to repudiate these kinds of negative smears."..."We are not making any Pat Robertson calls," said Bush campaign spokeswoman Mindy Tucker. "Our campaign doesn't know anything about it." AP, 2/21/00
Rep. King: 'As a Catholic, I Can No Longer Support Governor Bush' Transcript, 2/21/00
REP. PETER KING, (R-N.Y.): Good morning, Carol. How are you?
Although the AP reports George W. Bush was warned in advance of going there, Bush did not repudiate Bob Jones University's blatantly anti-Catholic position when asked to do so in last week's debate which took place the day after the visit. When Alan Keyes called Bush's attention to the school's "religious bigotry and racial bigotry," Bush choose to ignore the question of religious bigotry. A campaign spokesperson has said Bush gave the speech there for the anticipated votes, and Bush, himself, decried the school's raciist policies during the debate, but he never said anything about its equally well known anti-Catholic attitudes. In last Tuesday's New York Times columnist Bob Herbert reports a conversation he recently had with a representative of the school.
"The former head of the university, Bob Jones Jr., engaged in an astonishing series of attacks on Catholics in the 1980's, asserting that "all the popes are demon-possessed" and that Pope John Paul II was "the greatest danger we face today." "The papacy," he said, "is the religion of Antichrist and is a satanic system."
"On Tuesday I asked a spokesman for the university, Jonathan Pait, if the school had ever repudiated Mr. Jones's statements, or backed off of them in any way. "I don't believe so," he said. According to Mr. Pait, "There is a disagreement about what the Bible teaches between Catholicism and Protestantism. And the university takes a very strong stand that Protestantism is the correct interpretation of Scripture.""
However, according to a story in yesterday's NYT, "Many voters interviewed [yesterday] insisted that the campaign in South Carolina would not influence them. Mr. McCain today attacked Mr. Bush for appearing at Bob Jones University, a conservative Christian college in South Carolina whose president has made critical comments about Catholics. But Ned McGrath, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, said that he had not even heard about any controversy involving Mr. Bush's appearance at the college. The local media has made no mention of the issue, nor has the archdiocese's weekly newspaper, The Michigan Catholic, he said." --Politex, www.bushwatch.com, 2/21/00