As many of you know, I am graduate student studying social work. In the classes that I take, one thing that they emphasize over and over, is that you should not make politics personnel. When you make it personnel, it is a sign of weakness and it becomes a vendetta.
Last week, I believe that politics did become personnel when an ill-advised bill was introduced and then withdrawn. The bill was a bill to increase the number of parishioners on parish councils to give the parishioners control of the church finances. I am on the side of the church; I think that it was unconstitutional. However, instead of arguing the bill merits they made it an attack on the co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee.
The Fairfield Advocate said, “It was supposed to be a fight over church sovereignty, but it quickly devolved into a gay-bashing bonanza and a platform for Catholics to blame two openly homosexual lawmakers for every setback their political agenda has suffered.”
By making it personnel, they made it into a vendetta, weakening their position and stirring up hate