Cross and Stewart.
House Republican leader Tom Cross (R- Oswego) will be paired with indomitable questioner Russ Stewart (attorney and Nadig newspaper political analyst) Sunday. This will be the first time relentless questions have been directed at the top GOP leader on his earlier proposal to do a one-month budget, the defection of Rep. Paul Froehlich (R-Schaumburg) to the Democrats, intra-party wrangling over Kirk Dillards Obama commercial praising the Democratic presidential candidate and other things. Thats this Sunday at 8 p.m. on WLS-AM (890).
I introduced Francis Cardinal George to the Chicago Legatus chapter last night at the Park Ridge country club with these words:
If you read the `Sun-Times this morning you know that in addition to having two doctorates and being able to speak four languages, our speaker conducted the Morman Tabernacle Choir last night at Ravinia, an unique exemplar of ecumenism. And ecumenism
the willingness of various faiths to get along while pursuing different means to save souls
is an essential part of our countrys heritage.
It brings to mind Knute Rockne who, as you know, was born in Norway a Protestant, was reared in Logan Square, attended Notre Dame, played football, taught chemistry there, became a football coach and converted to the Catholic faith. And as history records when he took over direction of the team, the then small college racked up impressive wins. One of the most hotly fought contests was always between Notre Dame and Southern Methodist.
After several years, word reached the president of Notre Dame, Fr. Cavanaugh, that in firing up his team, Rockne was applying religious fervor to the game, telling his young players to defeat those Methodists for the honor and glory of the Catholic church.
Fr. Cavanaugh was appalled at the lack of ecumenism. He called Rockne in and said that the next time Notre Dame plays Southern Methodist which would be in South Bend, Notre Dame would sponsor a joint ecumenical dinner for players of both teams on the night before the game. The priest ordered Rockne to deliver the keynote which would stress religious unityand in the keynote this sentence would have to be incorporated: `God doesnt care who wins the game between Notre Dame and Southern Methodist.
Rockne grudgingly agreed. When the schedule for Notre Dame to meet Southern Methodist came round, the two teams and their supporters met for dinner the night before the game in the main dining hall of Notre Dame. Fr. Cavanaugh introduced both coaches and then asked Coach Rockne to give the keynote.
Rockne meandered a bit saying that the purpose of football is to build good sportsmanship, to use athletics to beat down animosity, to fight hard but also be gentlemen. Then he uttered the words Fr. Cavanaugh gave him: `After all, God doesnt care who wins the game between Notre Dame and Southern Methodist.
There was a murmur of approval and a light scattering of applause. Then Rockne added: `God doesnt care who wins, but His Mother does!
Thus it is with this spirit of ecumenism that I have the great honor and high privilege of presenting the Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George!
Several days ago I told you of my trip to Barnes & Noble and my browsing through a handbook of atheism by Christopher Hitchens entitled God is Not Great. I answered some of his more ridiculous assertions. Yesterday, on my next trip to Barnes & Noble, like a horsefly drawn to manure, I picked up the book again and leafed through it. Heres one: Religion does not have the confidence in its own various preachings, even to allow coexistence between different faiths. I thought immediately of the hundreds of interdenominational prayer breakfasts and the frequent marches against abortion including the massive one conducted each January 22 in Washington, D. C. where tens of thousands of Christians, Protestants and Jewsincluding Buddhists for Lifewalk and pray together.
Another: It goes without saying that none of the gruesome, disordered events described in Exodus every took place
All five bo9oks of Moses are an ill-carpentered fiction. But this blanket statement flies in the face of the most complete biblical history including studies conducted by Robert Wilson of Princeton who knew 26 ancient languages and dialects so that could read fragments from the ancient Near East. Wilson was impressed with the accuracy of the biblical accounts. Also he disregards the fact that while in the 19th century, scholars believed the Hittites did not exist nor rulers as Belshazzar of Babylon or Sargo of Assyria, archeologists have now found records of these civilizations.
Oregon Catholic Citizens.
Oregon Catholic Citizens, an organization modeled after our own Catholic Citizens of Illinois, is pressing Portland archbishop John Vlazny urging him to replace his lay chancellor, Mary Jo Tully on the grounds that Tully has indicated in phone calls and email messages that she does not uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church. The bill of particulars published in The Wanderer, the oldest national Catholic weekly in the country, is almost unassailable.
OCC is an effective arm of the Church Militant. But one thing that is heartening is that compared with Portlands chancellor, Chicagos (Jimmy Lago) is not at odds with Church teaching.
So you see, Jimmy, dont say you cant get a fair rap on this website.
Neutering Talk Radio.
There is little doubt that with the defeat of the Bush immigration bill which was eagerly supported by Ted Kennedy liberals, blame will be placed for supposed bias on talk radio. Our own homegrown Lefty diaper baby, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) has already prepared legislation in that regard. As a talk show host myself, I know that the preponderance of AM listeners prefer conservative flavor to the issuesalthough in presenting broadcast journalism on state and local issues, I strive to have both sides represented and the program is well received. But when I had longer than an hour
especially on Saturday mornings from 8 to noon
I pretty much ran the show myself with the exception of an hour.
One point is: perfect objectivity is almost impossible to present
and were it possible to do so, it would be ungodly boring. A second: in the full panoply of opinion presentation, the networks favor liberal issue formulation; public radio, as we all know, favors liberal formulation (despite the fact that its aided by public funds, which it shouldnt be). Most large metropolitan newspapers favor liberal formulation. Glossy magazines, Time, Newsweek and U. S. News are liberal. Cable is mixed. Fox favors a mix but I think its fair to say it comes down often on the conservative side (exception: where Fox supported immigration reform). CNN has liberal formulation as do MSNBC, CNBC.
I remember some years ago when my radio employer tried to encourage liberal radio and hired several protagonists. They all bombed. The fault wasnt with them but the heavy ballast of listeners wanted conservative views.
Anyhow the next big battle will be over trying to impose the misstated Fairness Doctrine on broadcast radio. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) used the elitist look-down-your-nose snobbery tactic yesterday by telling the Senate that talk radio is simplistic. Thats the common usage of the word when applied to conservative thought and rationale. Ive listened to Daniel Schorr on Public Broadcasting for years and on CBS before that
beginning when he tried to blacken Goldwater as having ties to Nazi propagandists. That wasnt simplistic. Oh no. Have you noticed that not only are conservatives simplistic, all Republican presidents have been. Dwight Eisenhower was a addled-minded inactive chairman of the board
until we found out in the Hidden Hand Presidency that he was extraordinarily active
JFK was a genius
LBJ was compassionate
Nixon was an ogre and also a simplistic racist...Ford was a doddering bumbler who couldnt stand up without falling down
Carter was of course a mega-master of details stemming from his background as a nuclear engineer
wait a minute he wasnt an engineer at all. Reagan was an amiable dunce. Bush was an amiable preppy
Clinton was a genius of politics
George W. Bush a dolt.
All tarred with the same brush of being simplistic. Talk radio is simplistic because its conservative. I may be wrong but I think I have the more comprehensive radio program on state and local topics than is afforded on public radio. Or am I just an egoist? Your comments?