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WA-05 Race: Did I Learn More " About( An Enraptured) Cathy"?

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As gently reminded I am posting here my Kos diary from yesterday. Thanks to Switzer

In my hopefully-ending-November 7th 2006-with- new- representation- in-WA-05 quest to learn more about my congressional representative Cathy Ann McMorris, I thought I would explore her house.gov website. So I clicked on the tab labeled "About Cathy." As expected it contained her biography. As not expected ,because I've not seen it on other congressional sites, were links to the schools where she received her degrees. Looking around the margins of the page, I noticed the links posted a second time.

I was already aware of the University of Washington, where she received her Masters, so I clicked on her undergraduate alma mater, Pensacola Christian College. I stress again that this link was on her congressional website; no searching around was required.

What I discovered was not exactly what I anticipated and I am left with some questions and concerns. People of faith and voters everywhere need to take a more critical look at Cathy Ann McMorris

 
Please Note: My intent here is not to engage in a theological debate. I have no expertise in that department.

However, given the butt-kicking Ralph Reed got in Georgia, a public figure's professed religious beliefs and how those beliefs are either lived up to or conveniently ignored is certainly fair game in judging character. Something we have heard about ad nauseam from Republicans.

First of all, Pensacola Christian College is an unaccredited, fundamentalist, independent Baptist institution with very strict codes of conduct and a very literal interpretation of the Bible.
Looking at the home page for the college, I saw the general info section. The first item that dropped down was "Articles of Faith" Looking down the list of "We believe" and "We affirm", I discovered:

We believe that God created the universe in six literal days and that man was created in the image of God but chose to sin. Hence, all persons inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.

I wonder what their science classes are like. The text went on to say,

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: those that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in heaven and those that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation in a literal lake of fire.

Wow, a literal lake of fire. And more,

We believe in the imminent, pre-Tribulation return of Jesus Christ for all believers. This Rapture of the saints will be followed by a seven year period of Tribulation, after which Christ will return in glory to judge the world and set up His millennial reign on earth.

Does this mean that McMorris is a rapturist? Yes, it does. A simple search reveals that McMorris attends Grace Evangelical Free Church (and "enjoys playing the piano"). A check of that church indicates its belief in the Rapture.

But does she, herself, live up to the strict teachings of her school and church?

Continuing around the college site, I went to the school's Miscellaneous section: Standards of Conduct. In the third paragraph I found this:

The Christian must endeavor to avoid practices that cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the world (1 Cor. 8:9, 12-13; 10:32) and loss of the Christian's physical, mental, or spiritual well-being (1 Cor. 9:27). In today's society this includes avoiding such practices as gambling, dancing, profanity, obscenity, abuse of drugs, the use of tobacco and alcohol, and attendance at movie theaters.

I have been following the money McMorris receives for a while. So now I wonder: Is there a difference between receiving $6000.00 of PAC money directly from R. J. Reynolds company and the use of tobacco?
Is there a difference between receiving $10,000.00 from the National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC and the use of alcohol?
Is there a difference between receiving money from Abramoff via Delay, Ney, and Doolittle and the practice of gambling?
Bottom line, does receiving such Republican leadership PAC money and other special interest Pac money, and being part of this corrupt leadership, "cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the world"?

I am also reminded that McMorris gave Cheney a warm reception when he visited Spokane recently. Very practiced in profanity and obscenity is he.
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hypocrisy?

I can only assume that she holds these beliefs since they are so easily linked to from her government website. She certainly doesn't appear to live these beliefs or she conveniently ignores them for a "greater cause". Or maybe she is completely clueless as to who is supporting (using?) her.

Also very troubling is a question I must ask myself. Isn't there a conflict between holding such fundamentally extreme, pervasive, and seemingly exclusionary beliefs and faithfully representing a diverse population in a secular government? Can she ever forget her belief that the great majority of the rest of us are damned?

As another layer is peeled away from that American girl facade, instead of a garden variety Reagan conservative Christian, I see another hypocritical fundamentalist.

Perhaps, for many this would seem unremarkable. But to me, not so. I was greatly disturbed by this. My soul searching as to whether I should post this diary kept me coming back to the same conclusion that with only two clicks on my congressional representative's official website, I find that I am condemned to suffer for eternity in a literal lake of fire.

We have an alternative to this cynicism in Peter Goldmark.

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The more you look into Cathy Morris, the more fringe she gets.  In a piece I did on Peter Goldmark awhile back, Peter Goldmark, Citizen Statesman, I included a series of little snippets on her ignorance of science:

"Appalling Ignorance" and negative four on a scale of 0 to 100
McMorris, by the way, on a scale of 0-100 (with wiggle room for bonus points or demerits), received a negative four on the 2005 Congressional Scorecard of Republicans for Environmental Protection.   In 1995 she caused a Nobel Prize winner to shake his head and cite "appalling ignorance" when she proposed a bill that would have allowed ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons in Washington state - in defiance of an international treaty signed by Ronald Reagan banning the substance.  Cathy didn't believe the science.

A decade later, Cathy has taken a lead role in attempting to drastically weaken our nation's key environmental law, the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).    P-I columnist Joel Connolley recently characterized her information gathering as "deaf to dissent".  Her treatment, Connolley wrote, of a law created by Democrats and Republicans from this state, was threatening to become: "one more example of the radical policies and jackboot tactics of Tom DeLay and the House's ruling Republicans."

by noemie maxwell on Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 10:41:21 AM PST

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peagreen, you are doing yeopoerson work on the WA-5 front!  

Many of us have begun the difficult process of spreading Peter Goldmark's name more widely.  I'm convinced that if enough voters in the district simply see or hear or know about Peter, his evident fitness for the position, his authenticity as a man of the Okanogan and an exemplar of Eastern Washington, will result in a large number of votes.

But in so doing, we've ignored the other side of the equation ... how unfit, unhinged, and unrepresentative his opponent is.  Your analyses of her -- distasteful and unnerving as that effort must be -- are a wonderful service to the cause.

Did I remember to say thank you?

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by N in Seattle on Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 02:12:58 PM PST

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  All the stuck up assholes would be gone. :)

Dave Gibney Pullman

by gibney on Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 10:41:05 PM PST

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