- “Just WHAT, Exactly, Is Being ‘Clarified’?”, by Jay Anderson (Pro Ecclesia, Pro Familia, Pro Civitate January 27, 2010).
- Erin on Moral Clarity and Torture Creative Minority Report January 27, 2010).
- ‘Tiresome’ anti-torturers, by Todd M. Aglialoro. (InsideCatholic.com January 25, 2010).
- “Separating the wheat from the chaff in the Great Torture Debate …” (The American Catholic January 22nd, 2010) — in which the question is posed: would Deal Hudson, Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers, and Fr. Neuhaus qualify for membership?
And while, for the record, I believe waterboarding is among the many wrongs commited by the Bush administration, and that other oft-cited incidents of detainee abuse (particuarly those resulting in death) should be investigated, and their perpetrators — if guilty — prosecuted, I concur with Jay Anderson:
… I am reluctant to join anything billing itself as the “Coalition for Clarity” for a number of reasons: (1) I am uncomfortable with the whole “Coalition for Fog“/”Coalition for Charity” dicotomy since I have faithful Catholic friends (Shea would label them “Faithful Conservative Catholics[TM]”) who oppose torture, yet who have been unfairly accused of being for “fog” in the torture debates; (2) I’m not so sure that “clarity” is actually being sought, but rather see the effort as something more along the lines of “we’re not like the the people who Shea has labeled as being ‘for fog'”; and (3) nothing about the name overtly or otherwise indicates exactly what it is the group stands for.
So, I beg your indulgence while I offer this humble suggestion. How about you drop the cute euphemism, which is really nothing more than a play on Mark’s overly theatrical name calling, and adopt a straightforward name that says what you REALLY mean and what you REALLY stand for? Something like … I don’t know … “Catholics Against Torture”?
Lastly, my opinion of Mark Shea remains the same as it was last year, around this time (when, curiously enough, I found myself blogging on this same topic):
… that any legitimate disagreements with the Bush administration that could be mounted are obfuscated by his tendency to play fast and loose with the facts; imbue dubious motives to his critics, and substitute the virtual equivalent of sheer playground bullying for civil, rational and charitable debate — which has, over the course of the past three years, alienated a number of erstwhile friends and readers within the Catholic online community who would have otherwise supported him.
That Shea is credited as both the inspiration for, and a participant of, ‘The Coalition for Clarity‘ gives me a bad impression. Chalk it up to past history. (At the same time, I’m always open to surprises).
(Prior posts on the subject are compiled here).