Monday, August 28, 2006
The Cafferty File: Church & State
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

What does it mean when Florida Congresswoman Katherine Harris says that separation of church and state is "a lie"?

I believe that it means that she is ignorant enough to have no understanding of what the founding fathers said, and fanatical enough to have fixed the vote in Florida.
Gene, Houston

I think she proved the point she was trying to refute: religious people shouldn’t be in government!
Kathleen, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

It means that the people who wrap themselves in the symbols of the founders of this country are full of something, but if I wrote that I would not get my e-mail read.
Michael, Lynchburg, Virginia

Katherine Harris is right. The only separation of church and state is at tax time and that needs to be changed. If a church decides to engage in politics, its tax-free status should be revoked immediately without any discussion.
T., Omaha, Nebrasksa

Should the U.S. freeze $230 million in aid to Lebanon until the government prevents arms smuggling to Hezbollah?

Aid to Lebanon must be unconditional. We must do something to present a humane image to the world.
Tom, Wilton, Maine

Sure, why not give Hezbollah the opportunity to score another public relations win by handing out aid while US aid is frozen? Neocon thinking at its best.
Michael, Redwood City, California

Not one penny to Lebanon until the government takes charge of the country and disarms Hezbollah! Otherwise, the U.S. winds up in the terrorist funding business. What's next, sending a check to Al-Qaeda? Jeez!
John, Goodyear, Arizona

Have you considered a career in stand up comedy? Anyone aware of the U.S./Mexico border problem would guffaw over the notion a fledgling democracy can do it better than the world's role model.
Alan, San Angelo, Texas


What should the media learn from the dropping of the case against John Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey murder?

The media should learn that America is better served by reporters who care about REAL news and REAL issues. If they had spent 1/10th this much energy to discover why Bush wanted to invade Iraq, we might have had an extra $300 Billion to help clean up after Katrina!
Woody, Fairfax, California

What the media should (but won't) learn, Jack, is that they should learn to just report the news rather than hyping and creating the news. You are like sharks drawn to scrum when a story like the Karr "confession" happens. Then you spend 90% of your time continually "reporting" the same thing over and over and over until it becomes fact.
Kirk, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Maybe the media should wait to find out what's really happening before jumping into a story when the facts aren't known. Everyone was running around chasing information that didn't exist. With everything that is happening in the world and the country today, all that was heard was Karr. Very, very sad commentary on the media as a whole.
Judd, Cathedral City, California

So the media got it wrong. That wasn't the point. The point was the ratings and the ratings soared! Media execs must be salivating now anticipating the ratings from all of the aftermath coverage.
Roy, New York

If a low life like Karr can twist your focus around, what can Rove, Bush, Rummy do to your reporting priorities? Focus on what is important, not what is sensational. If I want sensational, I'll go to Kroger's checkout line.
J.D., Houston, Texas
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 8/28/2006 06:13:00 PM ET | Permalink
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