Truth is Not a Democracy

I hate to pubicly disagree with something Hugh Hewitt says- he’s an awfully smart and accomplished man. After all, he linked to one of our posts once, so he must be smart, right?

Nevertheless, this post strikes a false note in my ear.

Mr. Hewitt quotes Cardinal Ratzinger’s homily from the Papal Funeral:

“We can be sure that our beloved pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

And then goes on to ask:

I will be interested to see write-ups of the week that has just ended from media folks in Rome who are neither Catholic nor in any was religious belivers. Are all of those people wrong? Deluded? Out-of-the-mainstream?

And concludes:

That last phrase has a lot of users in America these days. Keep in mind when next you hear it, that “mainstream” is a term best tested by numbers, and the numbers are with John Paul II.

Mainstream may be best tested by numbers, but truth is not a democracy.
Whatever you think of the Catholic church and its teachings, an idea is not proven true or false by the number of people who profess to believe in it.

Are all these people wrong?

Or these?

Or these?

Or these?

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

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Publication Ban Lifted

Justice John Gomery has lifted the publication ban on Jean Brault’s testimony, allowing the Canadian media to finally report the testimony to the Canadian public.

From Captain’s Quarters, a worthy blogger, whose posts here and here should catch you up on the Adscam story.

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Exciting news

from Iraq:

Iraq’s presidential council was sworn in Thursday and named Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari as interim prime minister, the country’s most powerful position, further consolidating the power shift in postwar Iraq.

and

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was also sworn in as Iraq’s new interim president, reaching out to Sunnis by urging “our Sunni brothers to participate in the democratic march.”

Saddam Hussein is reported to be depressed.

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A Suitable (and Necessary) Gift for the Head Girl

Grin

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Wal-Mart in Contrary Maryland

I thought we had mentioned a Maryland law passed recently which would have required Wal-Mart to spend 8 percent of their payroll on employee health benefits. I can’t find the post, though, so it must have been one of the many lost in the ether of the internet before we learned to copy and save everything before we hit the ‘publish’ button.

The original story

Maryland lawmakers approved legislation that would require Wal-Mart, and only Wal-Mart, to boost spending on health care, several Maryland newspapers reported this week.

“We’re looking for responsible businesses to ante up [and] provide adequate health care,” said Democratic state Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, quoted by the Washington Post.

Lawmakers, according to the Post, claimed they were not singling out the retailing giant when they wrote a bill requiring any organization with more than 10,000 employees in the state to either spend at least 8 percent of its payroll on health benefits, or put the money directly into the state’s health program for the poor.

But Wal-Mart, which has 15,000 workers in Maryland, was the only company that would be affected, because it’s the only company with more than 10,000 employees in Maryland.

UPdate:

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday vowed to veto legislation that would force Wal-Mart to spend at least 8 percent of its payroll on employee health care benefits.
“This is a grave precedent,” Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, said of the bill in a brief interview with The Washington Times. “Every business in Maryland should be up in arms.”
The governor likely would use the veto after the end of the legislative session, which is scheduled to adjourn Monday night. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retail chain, would get a reprieve at least until January, when the General Assembly would reconvene and attempt to override the veto.

It appears that they have enough votes to override the veto, though of course, everybody will be lobbying everybody else in the usual way, so things may change.

“It is not safe to assume that the veto will be overridden. Things can happen,” said Ronald W. Wineholt, vice president of government affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Wineholt said the legislation would make Maryland the only state to impose a payroll tax on companies to provide health care.
He credited union lobbyists with persuading Maryland lawmakers to embrace the act and predicted that the bill, if enacted, would lead to similar mandates for all businesses.
“It’s easy to spend other people’s money and that’s what this bill does,” Mr. Wineholt said.

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