Karen Ocamb

Catholic Advocate Attacks Obama Over Religious Liberty 'Protections'

Filed By Karen Ocamb | October 28, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: abortion, Catholic Advocate, President Obama, same-sex marriage, University of Notre Dame

A political group called the Catholic Advocate - founded in 2007 to lobby Congress "on issues of importance to faithful Catholics" Catholic-Advocate.jpgsuch as "supporting pro-life, pro-marriage policies" - announced a nationwide campaign today "calling on people of faith to join together to protect our religious liberties."

Using a clip from President Obama's speech at the University of Notre Dame in 2009, the group says Obama has "failed" to find the "common ground" he promised to seek.

On it's website, the Catholic Advocate provides no information on its leadership or who is funding the group. But at the end of their press release about the supposed erosion of their religious liberties, Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith says: "This isn't just a Catholic issue; it's a religious liberty issue that affects all Americans of faith."

Right. It's the political season and Catholic Advocate provides a Voter Guide. Of course there is no thoughtful discussion about how imposing their Religious Right beliefs trample the religious liberties of Americans of faith who believe differently from them. In his Notre Dame commencement address, President Obama also said this:

This is the generation that must find a path back to prosperity and decide how we respond to a global economy that left millions behind even before this crisis hit - an economy where greed and short-term thinking were too often rewarded at the expense of fairness, and diligence, and an honest day's work.

We must decide how to save God's creation from a changing climate that threatens to destroy it. We must seek peace at a time when there are those who will stop at nothing to do us harm, and when weapons in the hands of a few can destroy the many. And we must find a way to reconcile our ever-shrinking world with its ever-growing diversity - diversity of thought, of culture, and of belief.

In short, we must find a way to live together as one human family.

Here's more from the Catholic Advocate:

"President Obama has failed us," said Catholic Advocate President Deal Hudson. "Shortly after taking office, President Obama gave the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. In this televised address, he spoke of the importance of cooperation and seeking the common good on decisive issues like abortion, saying: 'When we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think like we do or believe what we do - that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground.' But without action, words are just words."

Catholic Advocate is asking the millions of men and women of faith across the country to demand that President Obama live up to his promises delivered at Notre Dame through a nationwide petition.

"No other president in American history has so blatantly chipped away at our religious liberties," added Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith. "From refusing to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, continuing to allow taxpayer dollars to go towards abortion providing organizations like Planned Parenthood, to lifting the ban on stem cell research, stripping conscience protections for health care workers, and refusing to meet with or respond to our Catholic Bishops' concerns, this president has made it clear that he does not care that his far-left agenda is undermining our right to religious freedom. This isn't just a Catholic issue; it's a religious liberty issue that affects all Americans of faith." ??To view the video and petition visit join.catholicadvocate.com/promises.

(Crossposted at LGBTPOV)

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Wow, after reading that excerpt I can't wait to vote for him again.

We need to counteract this message whereever possible. I know what the Catholic Church is doing. Remember that a large and growing population of voters is Hispanic. Most Hispanics are Catholic. Catholics do not believe in the biblical concept of the "priesthood of all believers" and tend to think that their priest has a more direct line to God than the average person, even devout Catholics. Therefore, they tend to do what the Catholic leaders tell them to do.

A lot of conservatives are concerned about the number of Hispanics legally in America. Many are citizens and can vote. They are upset at the anti-immigration laws some states have passed that allow racial profiling. So they are more likely to vote for Democrats who are against those laws. But if the Catholic Church tells them they must vote Republican because Republicans are "pro life" they, at least the less educated ones, will. This is what happened with Proposition 8 in California. The priests told their Hispanic congregations to support it because the leaders are anti-gay (even though many priests are gay). We need a way to counteract this group or they will undermine the natural support Obama has from the Latino community. Smeone who knows how needs to find out who their backers are. It may be a group like Focus on the Family or some similar protestant group. Even though conservative political christians think Catholics are going to hell, they will work with them for political ends just as they will Mormons.

Personally, I think what the Catholic Church and other religious groups are really upset about, is the fact that under the Obama administration they aren't the "special" ones and other groups are being allowed to be heard as well. The marriage thing, the Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals are upset that marriage equality is on the way to becoming the law of the land. But what about those religious groups who are in favor of marriage equality, as well as the unregligious? Isn't it time we are all accommodated?