Now I’m trying to think of the best way to enter this discussion from a Catholic-Christian perspective.
The book is written by Michael Ian Black and McCain’s daughter.
I won’t mince words, reading the book feels about as good as slamming one’s head into a brick wall repeatedly for enjoyment. The adjectives running through my mind when looking for descriptors range from immature to insipid.
McCain’s views on theology (God and happiness are apparently both warm puppies) and how much fun politics can be (most sane people find politics a frustrating nuisance to the serious business of being human), alone, are a painful train wreck of sentences on the pages of an innocent and unsuspecting book.
But, I know that isn’t a good place to start when someone has been kind enough to supply a free book and an open forum for discussion. It certainly isn’t going to persuade anyone to believe I’m anything more than some kind of stereotypical “hate-filled-conservative-Christian-types”.
The first portion of the book starts out with a visit to Mr. Black’s lesbian mother, noting the unfairness of her lack of marriage to her partner of 20 years.
I certainly don’t hate anyone (even the two, horribly confused authors), but I also don’t like this book.
Any suggestions regarding how to discuss this topic in a way that represents a Catholic stance with love and charity would be greatly appreciated.
I fully expect to take flak for whatever I may write in response to this book–short of endorsing its alleged “common ground”. If anything, this book is showing me in gory detail precisely why I have no use for either self-identified “liberal democrats” or “conservative republicans” in the public eye. :shrug: