The Times Gets A Little Big-Spending Religion

A rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest and a Baptist minister walk onto the floor of the Senate...

The Times finds religion? Well, sort of.

When health reporter Robert Pear " target="_self">updated readers Thursday about the Congressional fight over funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), he included a paragraph that started out like a joke about the three menthat walkinto a bar...

"A rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest and a Baptist minister joined Senate Democrats in making a moral argument for the legislation.

"In St. Luke's Gospel, we are told that Jesus instructed his disciples to 'let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them,' said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts. 'We urge Congress and the president to support our bipartisan legislation and let little children have health care."

One wonders: Would the secular Times have straightforwardly passed along that same Biblical injunction if delivered by, say, conservative Sen. Sam Brownback in support of pro-life legislation?