National Review blogger and and Rick Santorum groupie Kathryn Jean Lopez brings us our latest entry in the genre of sloppy, witless commentary on the Mother Theresa story: The similar struggles of Mother Teresa and Hillary Clinton. She makes two key claims, neither of which make any sense (paraphrased in bold):
The Time article and the media are savaging Mother Theresa: don’t those stupid liberal reporters know anything about the long history of agony, aridity, and doubt playing a big role in faith?
In fact, the Time article makes all of these exact same points, repeatedly, and far more eloquently than Lopez. Lopez apparently never bothered to read what she is criticizing, which is just profoundly embarrassing. The same goes for her mention of a Chicago Tribune blogger, whom Lopez sneers at for titling an entry “Can saints have bad days?” Again, Lopez seems to have only read the title, since the actual post is mostly just asking for reader discussion about the issue, and yet still includes a question that mirrors the exact point that Lopez claims is being ignored: “But could her written confessions inspire faith in those of us weathering seasons of darkness and doubt?”
The media has given Democrats a pass on their recent emphasis of faith instead of subjecting them to the same criticism that it gave Republican politicians.
Yet again, Time ran an article making the exact same observations and criticisms Lopez makes. Similar stories have highlighted this issue throughout this election season. In an otherwise substance free season, discussing and raising questions about Democrat’s new god-talk has actually been a pretty big story. Could Lopez really have missed them all?
Finally, neither Lopez nor the author she cites in her piece, Paul Kengor, provide any evidence at all that the rules of the game have changed or that the media had ever definitively declared “that the faith of a politician should be kept private, or doesn’t matter, or shouldn’t be part of the public square.” Time magazine in particular seems to run pieces on the political importance of faith near constantly.
One should never let near complete ignorance of your subject get in the way of a good rant I suppose.