Reading the various political coverage and news of the day I noticed something that I found interesting, the religious identification of politicians who are Catholic. I have seen many stories where they will put the persons name followed by “a Catholic”, yet rarely have I seen the same thing done for other religious beliefs. Have you ever seen the words Al Sharpton or John Edwards followed by the words “a Protestant?” Yet I have seen thousands of references identifying Kerry and Clark as Catholics. Much has been made of President Bush’s faith and that he is a Methodist, yet with President Clinton little mention was made of him being a Methodist even though he would also recite biblical verses (usually in defence). Possibly the Catholic tag is often used since the reporter takes some pleasure in mentioning the identification of the politician when their voting record is in direct opposition to their professed faith. Maybe this is a back-handed compliment since the reporter knows exactly what the Catholic Church’s stand is on many issues even if they disagree with them.