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Colbert vs. Gingrich vs. Santorum On Ash Wednesday

Via Washington Post

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. It is a very important date in the Catholic faith. It marks the first day of Lent, and is often proceeded by carnivals and stuff ahead of the month of deprivation. It is rare that I want to comment on someone else’s faith, but given the political atmosphere right now, perhaps it is time to discuss something important.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and you may have noticed that there were three very important Catholics who appeared on television yesterday. Two of these, namely Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, have spent a huge amount of time espousing their faith, claiming that they are devout to their faith, and showing off that they are holier than anyone else. One of them, namely Stephen Colbert, has been vocal in condemning the worst excesses of the Catholic bishops and speaking out against their attacks on women and gays.

Only one of these three wore their ashes all day.

For those who do not know, Catholics go to mass on Ash Wednesday and they receive an ash cross on their forehead. Truly devout Catholics will wear them all day, and yet, the two who claim to be the most devout, Santorum and Gingrich, have shown a disturbing tendency to push their faith on everyone else, and yet, yesterday, not a single speck of ash could be seen on their foreheads. It is not surprising. The reality is that those who are the most vocal about their supposed faith tend to be the ones who are the least willing to actually believe in their faith and will put aside the trappings of their faith as soon as they can.

Colbert has, ever since he began his show, always worn his ashes right through taping. Before anyone points out, btw, that Santorum and Gingrich would be wearing makeup for the debate last night, Colbert would be wearing makeup as well. So, why exactly would Santorum and Gingrich wash off their ashes?

Simply put, the two politicians are more concerned about power than they are about faith. They do not want to alienate the Evangelical vote by appearing to be too overtly Catholic, and yet, they are more than willing to espouse their faith as being important to them. In truth, they are acting in a manner that is antithetical to their actual faith, and they are far less than willing to actually show their faith.

At least Colbert is willing to show his honest faith.

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