My feelings were so mixed that I waited to post until I was sure Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan would remain on John Edwards staff.
I read an announcement on Pandagan from Amanda saying that she resigned from the Edwards campaign. That's the bad news. The good news is that by resigning, Amanda can defend herself without her actions reflecting on Edwards as her employer.
It looks like Bill Donohue may have violated the rules that make his organization, The Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization when he demanded that Amanda and Melissa be fired.
The feeling I'm left with is that this attack on Amanda and Melissa is meant to send the message that anyone who directly challenges the propoganda of the right will be accused of being crude or anti-Christian by the use of selective quotes.
If there isn't a strong enough backlash against those who use this tactic, those who launch these attacks will feel free to run wild calling all liberals godless while shrugging off the torture of those under the control of US government and calling feminists who speak out against violence unworthy of participating in the political process.
Included near the end of a NY Times article about Edwards' decision to keep Amanda and Melissa, I found this:
That people like this faced no similar backlash as Amanda and Melissa speaks volumes and reveals the true motives behind efforts to get John Edwards to fire these 2 women.
Last November, while employed by Mr. McCain’s campaign, Mr. Hynes posted on his personal blog a picture of Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, and invited readers to submit nicknames, some of which were anti-Semitic.
[...] Mr. Hynes remained on the McCain campaign staff and maintained his personal blog.
Too many people will cry "bigot" against others without restraining their own bigotry. They also seem oblivious to the fact that bigotry is more than opposing another group's political position.
Here's part of John Edward's statement:
For my previous thoughts on the push to have John Edwards fire Amanda and Melissa, read this.
I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.
Matt Browner has a Huff Post entry about this situation which addresses the dirty-tricks tactics that underly the attacks against Amanda and Melissa.
The debacle of unfounded accusations made against Rep. Pelosi over air travel arrangements for her as the speaker of the house is another example of the unethical tactics being used to unfairly undermine Democrats involved in our political process. The unfounded accusation has been repeated as if it were true and was even the butt of a SNL joke.
Frankly, if people have to resort to dirty tricks they are the ones who are dirty at the end of the day and that kind of dirt sticks no matter how many times they swear they aren't dirty.