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Marco Rubio: Catholic or Baptist

November 27, 2010

The New York Times looks at newly-elected U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio an questions whether he is Roman Catholic or Southern Baptist. His literature identifies him as Roman Catholic, but, according to the NYT, Rubio has been worshiping for much of the past decade with this family at Christ Fellowship, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Rubio has contributed almost $50,000 to Christ Fellowship from 2005 to 2008 and refused to tell the NYT to which Catholic parish he belongs.

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  • Betty McAlpin November 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Ross, I think the point here is hypocrisy. Rubio obviously wants the support of the South Florida Latino population which is heavily Catholic. At the same time he wants the support of the right wing Tea Partiers, who are heavily protestant and anti-Catholic.

    Seems like he panders to both and has allegiance to neither. Typical politician.

  • Ross Calloway November 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I’m guilty of not being as precise as I should have. My problem with this article, and your point, Catholic or Baptist?, is what does it matter?

    “As for Mr. Rubio’s involvement with Catholicism, his spokesman did not respond to questions about whether the senator-elect gives money to the Archdiocese of Miami; whether he agrees with Catholic teachings that suggest Protestants are in error; and whether he belongs to a Catholic parish, as most observant Catholics would.”

    A loaded question like that is best left to the imagination of the questioner. What better way to stir the pudding than to pit one religion against another? Especially if you can tag it to a Conservative Republican. Not answering is more prudent than what you see as a ‘cover-up.’

    The blogger, Eric Giunta, who the Times quotes said “Is Marco Rubio talking out of both sides, the better to court both the Catholic and the evangelical votes?”

    That it comes as a surprise that a politician would talk out of ‘both sides’ is laughable, but besides the point.

    But as to the ‘votes,’ in the next sentence, the Times pretty much shoots that presumption down. “The question assumes that there are distinct Catholic and evangelical votes, but that may no longer be the case among Hispanics. Although most Hispanics are Catholic by ancestry, the community has become religiously diverse, with many immigrants and their descendants moving toward evangelical Protestant worship.”

    I’m pretty sure Rubio is Hispanic. No cover-up of a non-issue here! The issue seems to be in Giunta’s mind.

    Then the Times says . . .
    “. . .few seem to care that Mr. Rubio is partaking of two religious identities.”
    ” . . .religious distinctions matter less all the time.”

    My point Rick, was not so much that religious distinctions matter LESS all the time, but that they SHOULD NOT matter AT ALL.

  • Ross Calloway November 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Sorry, I overlooked one example where the church you attend would matter. For example, if the lessons from the pulpit were about hating America and fomenting racial hatred, that would matter.

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church is what I’m thinking of. So if anything of that sort is being preached where Rubio is going, then OK, it is news. If not, then it’s not newsworthy, well, to me anyway.

    • Rick Outzen November 29, 2010 at 5:49 am

      Where Rubio or Obama attends church doesn’t matter? No one says it does, except you apparently, but why did Rubio mislead the voters about it? It’s always the cover up that matters.

  • Ross Calloway November 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    We all still have the right to attend or not attend whatever church, mosque, synagogue, or witchfest we want, don’t we?

    So what does it matter to you, the NYT, or anyone else? That certain religions beleive in some things that others don’t is something the media is just going to have to get over. Didn’t we learn anything from JFK’s experience? Apparently not.