Monday, July 9, 2012

The Conspiracy Theory and its Actors

Umberto Eco's Foucalt's Pendulum came to mind when word arrived that John Roberts had run off to Malta after his vote.  The picture featured in the CIA leaning WaPo, shows Roberts leaving a car to enter a building with a Knight's Templar symbol.

None of this is by accident, there is some purpose--of all the places Roberts could have gone to, the trip to Malta should cause pause..  Precisely because the older Protestants are suspicious of Roman Catholics (and folks like Tolkien and Lewis), at the same time the Catholic Church in the United States is trying to make money off the hospital industry without looking ridiculous (the brouhaha about paying for contraception), what is the purpose here with the symbolism? 

I'll leave it as crass politics to deny cooperation with non-elite Catholics and Prots (undoing Mel Gibson's work), to generate some hostility--but there is some inside baseball here, when one adds that President Bush was being photographed in some African village on July 4, promoting invasive investigations of women.

Maybe just monkey wrenching, and hoping it works out.

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