Catholic group accepts Edwards' assurances on bloggers
A Catholic group has accepted the explanation by 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards concerning controversial remarks made by bloggers on his staff.
"Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good condemns these and all religiously intolerant remarks," says the statement issued by the group's executive director. "We accept Senator Edwards' assurances that he too was offended by comments made by recently-hired staffers and that religious intolerance has no place in his campaign.
The statement asserts that as Catholics make up over a quarter of the American public, "neither John Edwards nor any other candidate can afford to take this constituency for granted."
The Edwards campaign is in damage control mode as fallout from the remarks regarding Catholicism, deemed insensitive and insulting by some, reached the point where the candidate himself had to address it.
Edwards released a statement on his campaign website in which he said, "Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else." Despite the outcry, Edwards decided to retain the staffers, saying he believed in "giving everyone a fair shake."
The Catholic group's statement continued, "We hope this unfortunate incident will initiate a deeper conversation on the part of all presidential candidates regarding the broad range of issues and values of primary importance to the Catholic community."
John Edwards' official campaign site is located here. More information on Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good can be found at their website.