Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump Budget to Cut Gender Office that Falls Outside Mexico City Policy Protection

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
by Lisa Correnti (C-FAM): The Trump administration’s budget will reportedly put on the chopping block a controversial gender rights office created by the Obama administration.

The move follows other funding cuts to global abortion programs including reinstitution of the Mexico City Policy and pulling U.S. funding from the United Nation Population Fund.

An internal State Department document leaked this week reveals how significant cuts to development assistance will be implemented following a “thorough examination” of State Department programs and offices by former Exxon Mobile CEO, now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“Aid programs are an important part of our diplomatic efforts around the world, said Secretary Tillerson defending the proposed foreign policy cuts. “We want to protect those but we want to deliver them effectively.”

Trump’s budget proposal if approved by Congress would reduce the State Department and the Agency for International Development (USAID) by twenty eight per cent, requiring cuts to duplicative positions across multiple agencies.

More than half of the thirty positions in the Global Women’s Issues office already exist elsewhere within the State Department. An Obama executive action in 2009 created the Office of Global Women’s Issues (GWI) along with a new ambassador-at-large position initially filled by Melanie Verveer, a feminist and lifelong friend of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The gender office is a non-statutory office with an $8.25 million annual budget that historically directed $240 million in programs, most notably by getting other U.S. agencies to advance sexual rights abroad in traditional African and Arab countries. These initiatives have little transparency or congressional oversight. Programs funded under the gender office are at the discretion of the gender ambassador and fall outside the guidelines of the Mexico City Policy, which only applies to global health funding.

Trump re-instituted the Mexico City Policy in January to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from funding international abortion groups and to making the U.S. complicit in efforts to undermine pro-life laws in developing countries. Under the Obama administration the abortion lobby became entrenched in U.S. foreign policy. They received U.S. grant money for funding well beyond family planning including for maternal health, HIV/AIDS, humanitarian, environment and nutrition programs.

This latest Trump administration proposal to eliminate funding to the gender office is necessary so the U.S. does not undercut its own pro-life policy by indirectly channeling funding to abortion groups through public/private partnerships schemes within the GWI office.

Critics wasted no time blasting President Trump for the proposed cut to the office and criticized first daughter Ivanka Trump for her recent comments in support of women empowerment and entrepreneurship at an international W-20 summit in Berlin this week.

“Talk is cheap when you don’t fund the efforts you tout. It’s clear that women’s empowerment and gender equality are on the chopping block in this budget,” wrote Paul O’Brien Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns. The head of Amnesty International’s Identity and Discrimination Unit called it a “middle finger.”

With the infusion of LGBT and abortion rights into U.S. foreign policy under the Obama administration, aid-dependent countries are now suspicious of women’s empowerment and gender equality programs initiated by Western governments and multilateral organizations.

At a recent UN conference on Population and Development African and Arab states criticized the imposing of sexual rights within the development framework. Consensus on an outcome document failed due to the insertion of controversial sexual rights language by European countries. Diplomats from developing nations said what women and children need for empowerment is access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

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Report Card on Trump's First 100 Days

Brian Burch, Catholic Vote: Thousands of CV members took our recent survey.

We’ve compiled the results and incorporated your feedback into our report card on President Trump’s first 100 days below.

While the “100-day” yardstick is arbitrary, the marker does provide a moment to take stock of the new president and his accomplishments. Despite wild and reckless predictions from his detractors, President Trump has focused on doing exactly what he pledged as a candidate.

It goes without saying that had Hillary Clinton been elected, this report card would look a lot different. Catholics have reason for optimism. But like the first 100 days, the road ahead remains difficult.

Supreme Court: A+
Hands down, Trump’s biggest accomplishment was the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch is a constitutionalist, committed to respecting the text and intent of lawmakers rather than legislating from the bench. Justice Gorsuch is poised to have a far-reaching impact on the Court on issues of significance to Catholic voters in the decades to come.

Religious Freedom: C-
Trump repeatedly promised to protect Americans of faith during his campaign, even sending an exclusive signed letter to the members of CatholicVote. People of faith are still waiting for action. A leaked draft of an excellent Executive Order was stymied, according to reports, by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump along with outside left-wing groups. Just this week the Department of Justice extended its defense of the HHS mandate, despite requests to drop the case. Catholics are patient, but want action on religious liberty. And soon.

Sanctity of Life: A
By signing the Mexico City Policy, Trump ended funding of abortions overseas. He also signed a law allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood in favor of other women's health clinics, while Vice President Pence became the first sitting Veep to speak at the March for Life. Much more work remains, including the big priority of de-funding Planned Parenthood, but pro-life voters should be pleased with the progress thus far.

Healthcare: Incomplete
Trump's repeated promises to "repeal and replace Obamacare" have run into a legislative buzzsaw. An initial rush to pass a flawed bill failed to gather the needed votes, yet both Trump and Ryan deserve credit for not abandoning the effort altogether. A more promising new plan emerged this week, but moderate Republicans are dragging their feet. Obamacare must go, or Republicans will have hell to pay in 2018. Remember it took President Obama 13 months to pass Obamacare. There’s plenty of time to get things done -- and do it right.

Administration/Government Accountability: A-
Trump missed a chance to fire IRS chief John Koskinen despite his obvious targeting of conservative groups. Yet the President has set in motion long overdue reforms, including a 5-year ban on lobbying for anyone that works in his administration, requiring the repeal of two regulations for every new regulation, and moratoriums on new hiring and reductions in certain agency staff sizes. He has also signed orders reducing excessive government overreach in education along with eliminating impediments to firing grossly incompetent employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The business-minded President appears intent on revamping the entire Executive branch of government, making it more responsive and efficient.

Immigration: B
Despite widespread protests, including statements from a wide array of Catholic bishops, President Trump has followed through on his pledge to reduce illegal immigration but has done so in a largely balanced approach. His poorly drafted and mismanaged order restricting refugees had some merit, but required revision and continues to face legal hurdles. Nevertheless, his stepped-up enforcement has rightly focused on hardened criminals while moderating on those who immigrated illegally as children (Dreamers). Illegal immigration has plummeted, even without a new wall.

Economy and Taxes: A
The President's recently released outline of his tax plan is tailor-made for working-class families. Trump's plan would double the standard deduction to $25,400, so that a married couple would not pay a single dollar of taxes on their $33,500. Trump's plan would also preserve the child tax credit, while cutting other deductions. In addition, the proposed reduction in the corporate tax rate would undoubtedly encourage hiring and increase wages. Secondly, executive action to reduce regulations, together with a focus on energy exploration including the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline, are encouraging. Worries about reckless protectionism have been muted so far. Indicators suggest consumer and business confidence is surging. Now the President must follow through.

Appointments: A+
President Trump has assembled a superb Cabinet. Trump placed pro-life Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is now run by Betsy DeVos, a champion of school choice. But it's important to realize that staffing the Executive Branch means filling many other positions. Just today came news that Chairmaine Yoest, the former CEO of Americans United for Life, was hired to be assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Matt Bowman, a lawyer from Alliance Defending Freedom (and former blogger for CatholicVote) was hired at HHS back in January. The Trump administration is staffed throughout with thousands of high-caliber individuals we consider allies.

What are your thoughts? What grades would you give the Trump administration?

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Trump Names Pro-Life Leader to Key HHS Post, Replacing a Planned Parenthood Activist

Charmaine Yoest
President Donald Trump has named a pro-life leader to a top post at the Department of Health and Human Services, which often oversees and implements policies related to abortion.

But the good news doesn’t end there, as the new pro-life appointee replaces a staunch abortion advocate who is now a vice president at the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would name Charmaine Yoest, the former president of Americans United for Life, one of the most prominent pro-life organizations in the county, to a top communications post at HHS. Yoest would become the assistant secretary of public affairs — a position that shapes communications efforts for the entire agency.

“Yoest is an HHS political appointee but her appointment does not require Senate confirmation. She succeeds Kevin Griffis, who was recently named vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood,” Politico reports.

The appointment continues president Trump’s pro-life record that he started in January . . . Yoest, a former vice president at Family Research Council, is well-respected within the pro-life movement. and has frequently spoken out against the Planned Parenthood abortion business. . . . . . . Read More

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Judge Rules Missouri Pro-Life Laws Unconstitutional

by Family Policy Alliance: U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs ruled Missouri’s laws establishing health and safety standards for abortion clinics are likely unconstitutional. Sachs cited last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which said states cannot place restrictions that create an “undue burden” for women.

Missouri’s attorney general has vowed to appeal the ruling.

Joe Ortwerth, executive director of the Missouri Family Policy Council, one of Family Policy Alliance’s 40 state-based allies, sponsored one of the laws as a legislator and said the ruling has emboldened Planned Parenthood.

“Judge Sachs has demonstrated through this ruling his callous and cavalier disregard for the health of women who find themselves at the mercy of slipshod abortionists,” he said. “The laws struck down by Judge Sachs have been on the books for three decades in our state, and are consistent with reputable medical standards for outpatient surgical facilities. Missouri currently has only one full-time abortion clinic that can meet those safety standards. Now, we will see four new abortion clinics open in our state where the operators will have no obligation to provide responsible care to women who will often be victimized by unsafe and unsterile procedures.”

The ruling seems out of step at a time when more and more pro-life bills are being passed at the state level. Eric Teetsel, executive director of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, worries the ideology will spill over into his state.

“In the last several years, the Kansas Legislature has passed, and Gov. Sam Brownback has signed, at least 18 pro-life laws” he said. “Clearly, honoring the dignity of the unborn, safeguarding the health and safety of women, and preserving the rights of parents is of foremost importance to the citizens of our state. Yet, all too often, unelected judges have imposed their personal politics upon the voters. Such acts of raw judicial power are unjust and un-American.

“I stand with Gov. Greitens, Attorney General Hawley, and the people of Missouri as they push back against an example of such judicial activism in their state. May they prevail and provide a warning to judges elsewhere that the people will not stand by and watch as their will is ignored and undermined.”

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Incredible Photos of 196,543 Baby Socks Shows Just Part of the Abortions Planned Parenthood Does Annually

The loss of human persons in abortion can never be fully comprehended. But one pro-life group is breaking down the numbers of those missing in America due to Planned Parenthood – with baby socks, no less.

On Wednesday, pro-life leaders and students called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood by placing a powerful, visual message on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol: a pile of 196,543 pairs of baby socks. The sock mountain represented only half the number of abortions that media-darling Planned Parenthood commits per year. But the #SockIt2PP campaign, sponsored by Students for Life of America (SFLA), aims to collect nearly 324,0000 in order to show the price of inaction as government officials plan the federal budget. . . .

Opening the event, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins reminded pro-life advocates that they represent the majority of our generation, or “the generation that rejects the idea that a woman must end a life of her child in order to achieve the life that she’s always dreamed of.”

“We reject the violence of abortion,” she stressed, “and we reject the lies and the betrayal by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry that they lead.” . . . Read More

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Abortion Isn’t a Political Issue – It’s a Human Rights Holocaust

by Lauren Enriquez: Openly discussing abortion with your family and peers is daunting, and that’s thanks in large part to the social taboo of broaching the subject outside the context of politics. The mainstream media and abortion advocates have succeeded in construing abortion as primarily a political issue, which, by extension, ensures that it’s abstracted and impersonal. And in political conversations, the jarring realities of abortion are packaged within freedom jargon: “women’s reproductive rights,” the “right to choose,” and “termination of the pregnancy” – sterilized marketing slogans that deflect from the real devastation of the abortion choice.

Consider this: since 1973 when Roe v. Wade created the so-called right to elective abortion on demand in the United States, nearly 60 million children have been killed by legal abortion – and the death toll persists at over 1 million lives lost to abortion every year. So much for “safe and rare.”

To put that into perspective: the U.S. government reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, killing about 600,000 people each year. But abortion is actually the leading cause of death, and it kills almost twice as many.

Abortion’s pervasive hold on America is underscored by our nation’s permissive abortion laws. In fact, only six other countries allow abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. (And yes, abortion is federally legal in the United States throughout all nine months of pregnancy.) Those other nations, which include human rights abusers Communist China and North Korea, will do nothing to bolster America’s respectable memory when our modern abortion holocaust goes down in the annals of history.

Of course we must work within the framework of the legal system to protect preborn children from abortion. However, we should not expect abortion to end in the courts until it is ended in the minds and hearts of the American people.

Congress is not a leading indicator – it is a lagging indicator. In other words, whom we elect is a reflection of our society and its recent past, not a forecasting of our future. Therefore, laws follow culture, not the other way around. Overturning Roe v. Wade will be a consequence of our changing hearts and minds on abortion, not vice versa.

Though it’s hard to admit, abortion is currently legal in America because Americans either wanted it that way or were asleep at the wheel. And it will remain legal until the culture finds abortion reprehensible, wakes up, and says enough is enough.

Abortion is not primarily a political issue; it’s a spiritual condition, and it’s a human rights holocaust. What we all have in common is our fundamental humanity; and without assenting to the right to life of every human being, we cannot logically assent to anyone’s humanity. It’s an all-or-nothing right.

As a niche interest, politics is a convenient destination for the abortion conversation. Many Americans would prefer to avoid political talk; and among those who do engage in political conversation, even fewer will broach the topic of abortion. But, as the staggering abortion statistics indicate, abortion is not a niche issue at all. Indeed, for every baby killed by abortion, there are countless others affected – mother and father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, doctors, nurses.

Abortion affects us all. When we say abortion is political, we give ourselves an out. We can wash our hands of our responsibility to care for mothers in crisis pregnancy situations. We claim it’s the government’s job. We can refuse to talk about it in public or in private, citing the oft-repeated, “We don’t talk about religion or politics.”

Bottom line? The fight to end abortion requires boldness, political incorrectness, and certainty of the objective moral principle that humanity renders us all equal and deserving of protection. Abortion isn’t going to be ended by the people who beg off the hard topics because they might make someone uncomfortable. Abortion is going to be ended by people who have the audacity to thwart the status quo and reject the notion that abortion is a “political issue.”

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Disgraced Abortionist Forced to Close His Abortion Clinic After Failing to Pay Rent

Abortionist Stephen Brigham
It took only 15 minutes for the fate of Premier Ob-Gyn to be decided: CLOSED. The abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, is leased by disgraced abortionist and scofflaw, Stephen Brigham, who was on record as the “manager,” renting the property under the auspices of Integrity Family Health. At the short hearing in the Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington, attended by local pro-lifers, David Williams and Moira Sheridan, Judge Susan Ufberg accepted Brigham’s lawyer’s offer to “vacate the property within two weeks” after a brief rehash of his failure to pay 9 months’ rent totaling $37,708.05.

Dr. Adeline Farhi, who, with her husband, owns the condo located in a building with several medical offices in a bustling, trendy area of Wilmington, represented herself at court for the third time in an attempt to rid Brigham and the abortion clinic from the building. She maintains that they moved in approximately three years ago under the auspices of Integrity Family Health, a “group of three female Ob-gyns.” The Trojan horse quickly revealed itself as an abortion clinic with Eric Yahav doing the abortions. . . .Read More

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Thank You Cardinal Dolan

by Brian Burch, Catholic Vote: “Extreme.” “Very disturbing.” “Intolerant.”

Cardinal Dolan didn’t mince any words in condemning DNC Chair Tom Perez’s radical new abortion policy for the Democratic Party:
“The recent pledge by the Democratic National Committee chair to support only candidates who embrace the radical unrestricted abortion license is very disturbing. The Democratic Party platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat—indeed to be an American—requires supporting that extreme agenda.”Yesterday, I called on so-called ‘pro-life Democrats’ like Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to repudiate the abortion radicalism of Tom Perez.

Cardinal Dolan agrees.

“In the name of diversity and inclusion, pro-life and pro-’choice’ Democrats, alike, should challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position. True solidarity with pregnant women and their children transcends all party lines. Abortion doesn’t empower women. Indeed, women deserve better than abortion.”This is huge news.

The Cardinal Archbishop of New York just called out the leader of the Democratic Party. He rightly called their agenda “extreme” and demanded that they recant their position.

Will they listen? Do they care?

Are pro-life voters no longer welcome in the Democratic Party?

We need to keep the pressure on!

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Anti-Christians Continue Attack on Pro-Lifers

Continue to Attack pro-Lifers
Austin Ruse, President/C-Fam: The anti-Christian assault on C-Fam by the hard left continues. And we need your friendship right now.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has declared war on Christian groups who oppose their agenda. We have been targeted and indeed assaulted for 1) opposing same-sex marriage, 2) criticizing homosexual behavior, 3) fighting against efforts to impose "sexual orientation and gender identity" on countries who do not want it.

The Southern Poverty Law Center used to be a respectable organization fighting against racism. They have evolved into a hard left engine of anti-Catholicism. They are a fabulously wealthy group with more than $300 million in the bank and annual revenues of more than $50 million.

It is quite remarkable that this massively powerful group finds C-Fam to be a threat. It takes them only ten days to raise our yearly budget!

The reason they come after us is that we are David and they are Goliath. We have been highly effective in blocking their agenda at the UN and they hate us for it. They have unleashed an all-out war on us for it.

They and their allies have tried to silence us in Washington DC, at the UN, and now in the European Union. In a letter just sent to the head of the European Union, they are spreading lies about us and trying to keep our voice out of that body.

The funny thing is our positions are based on the teachings of the Catholic Church yet they have never labeled the Church as a hate group. They don't have the guts.

So, I turn to you for your friendship. I turn to you for your prayers. Pray for me. Pray for my staff. Pray for our colleagues and others who are coming under identical attack.

And please, help us financially. The unhinged hard left left would LOVE to see us go out of business. They would love to see us on the street. That is their purpose.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Indiana Gov. Signs Pro-Life Bill into Law

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404 into law. SEA 404 protects minor girls, increases parental rights when a minor girl seeks abortion and helps victims of sex trafficking.

Most measures in SEA 404 will take effect on July 1.

“The pro-life community extends its heartfelt appreciation to Gov. Holcolmb for signing SEA 404 into law,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Gov. Holcomb is a dependable friend to the unborn and their mothers. This law is the first of many pro-life advances we expect to see during Gov. Holcomb’s tenure.”

SEA 404 protects young girls by changing abortion reporting requirements. Currently the abortionist must send the required form to both the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services if the minor is 14 or younger. SB404 raises the age for the reporting requirement to under 16 years of age.

The law increases parental rights by providing civil recourse if a parent or guardian discovers someone fraudulently posed as them to help their minor daughter get an abortion. In addition, merely saying one is a parent (or making a phone call) no longer suffices. An adult claiming to be the parent or guardian of a minor must provide government issued proof of identification and written documentation.

Judges who give a minor permission for an abortion will now notify the child’s parents, unless the judge has a valid reason to forgo notification.

Finally, SEA 404 assists victims of sex trafficking and those being coerced into an abortion by providing help information. . . . Read More

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On a West Wing and a Prayer

Since President Trump took office, he's encouraged more than a few faith-based initiatives. But this one involves his own team! On a weekly basis, members of the Trump cabinet are meeting for a time of prayer and devotions. Together with Vice President Mike Pence, the group holds the sessions under the leadership of the Capitol Ministries' Ralph Drollinger. "In terms of a country's health and direction, when its leaders are seeking God, the nation is in a position to be blessed by God in ways that are 'far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,'" Drollinger told CBN.

Throwing open the door to Capitol Ministries, which also hosts weekly Bible studies in the House and Senate, is just one of the signs that the White House is under new management. After eight years of the most hostile attacks on faith in America, the simple fact that the administration is encouraging its people to live out their beliefs is a powerful example of the change taking root. And if anyone needs spiritual encouragement, it's the men and women in the most influential seats in Washington. Although the president hasn't attended yet, he has an open invitation. "This has been a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship as I am presently teaching through the Sermon on the Mount -- as well has handing out my weekly written Bible study as a homework assignment on a particular topic," Drollinger said. . . . Read More

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Trump admin keeps Obama rule requiring Little Sisters of the Poor to Pay for Contraception ...

The Trump administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) caused surprise today by signaling that it intends to continue the Obama administration's court battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups over the HHS contraception mandate, at least for the time being.

While Trump had promised on the campaign trail to drop the provision, the DOJ has now asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for 60 more days to negotiate with East Texas Baptist University and other religious institutions to find a solution to their religious liberty concerns.

In June 2016, the Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell had ordered the government to work with the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to find a solution. Dozens of religious groups have objected to being forced by the Obama administration to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives and potentially abortifacient drugs and devices.

However, thanks to the Supreme Court, the Trump administration is prevented from enforcing the heavy penalties the contraception mandate imposes on non-compliant employers.

The DOJ's decision to prolong the case, essentially picking up where the Obama administration left off, has puzzled conservatives. . . . Read More

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Democrat Party Chair: No Place for Pro-Life Democrats . . .

. . . Get in Line With Abortion or Get Out
DNC Chair Tom Perez

The Democratic Party chairman made it clear late last week that pro-lifers are not welcome in his party anymore.

DNC Chair Tom Perez described abortion as a “fundamental value” Friday in response to a backlash from abortion activists, according to the Daily Caller. The pro-abortion group NARAL attacked DNC leaders last week for supporting a candidate with a pro-life voting record.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said Friday in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state. That is why I will be convening women leaders from across the country in the next week on how we can make sure our Democratic candidates and elected leaders are living up to these fundamental values.”

The Democratic Party has not always been so extreme on abortion. The party, which prides itself in fighting for the vulnerable, once welcomed strong pro-life politicians who fought for the rights of unborn babies. Recently, however, it has been increasingly aligning itself with the abortion industry.

Last year, the DNC adopted a platform calling for taxpayers to fund abortions and support Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Just a few pro-life Democrats remain in office. . . . Read More

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Democrats Have A Catholic Problem

by Bill Donohue: Heath Mello has divided the Democratic Party. This is unusual given his low profile: he is running for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. What makes him controversial among Democrats are his pro-life convictions.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent, has taken the high road, prudently saying that although he favors abortion rights, there should be room for Mello in the Democratic Party. Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, disagrees—there is no room for people like him.

Perez speaks for the base of the Party. The Daily Kos initially endorsed Mello, but pulled its support once it learned that his idea of human rights begins when humans are conceived. NARAL Pro-Choice America, the extreme pro-abortion organization, sided with Perez, calling Sanders’ support for Mello “politically stupid.”

Is it okay to hold “personal beliefs” against abortion and be a Democrat? Perez says it is, just so long as those beliefs are not voiced. “If they try to legislate or govern that way,” he declared, “we will take them on.” In other words, keep your pro-life ideas to yourself or else.

So whatever happened to those grand ideas about diversity and inclusion? Perez just blew them up. Where does this leave Catholics?

Mello is described by the New York Times as a “practicing Catholic,” and Perez is simply identified by the media as a Catholic; his practicing status is unknown. What is not in doubt is his complete rejection of the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion. That teaching is not analogous to the Church’s endorsement of immigration rights: the Church labels abortion “intrinsically evil.”

It’s been a long time since Catholics have been welcomed in the Democratic Party. Geoffrey Layman of Columbia University cites 1972 as the pivotal year when secularists took command. So do Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio of Baruch College. That was the year Catholics were effectively driven out of command positions in the Party.

After Senator Hubert Humphrey lost to Richard Nixon in 1968, the McGovern Commission was established to reform the way presidential candidates were chosen. “Catholics had made up about one in four Humphrey votes in 1968,” observes author Mark Stricherz, “yet they received only one in fourteen slots on the commission in 1969.” When the voters went to the polls in 1972, secular Americans chose the Democrats by a margin of 3-1.

Fast forward two decades to 1992. According to Layman, “The Democratic Party now appears to be a party whose core of support comes from secularists, Jews, and the less committed members of the major religious traditions.” Similarly, Bolce and De Maio said, “60 percent of first-time white delegates at the [1992] Democratic convention in New York City either claimed no attachment to religion or displayed the minimal attachment by attending worship services ‘a few times a year’ or less.”

Why did this happen? Mike McCurry, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, explained it this way: “Because we want to be politically correct, in particular being sensitive to Jews, that’s taken the party to a direction where faith language is soft and opaque.”

Now the “faith language” is just about gone. In the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, there are 14 sentences on specific rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People, and two vague sentences on “respecting faith” at home. Though LGBT rights are nowhere mentioned in the Bill of Rights, and the First Amendment protects religious liberty, the Platform warns against “the misuse of religion to discriminate” against LGBT persons. Religious rights are not mentioned at all, save for a line condemning ISIS.

Mello and Perez are equally Catholic, though not all Catholics are equal. The Democrats need to decide if there is room in their increasingly shrinking tent to house practicing Catholics, the ones most likely to see abortion as “intrinsically evil.”
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League

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Targeting Copts

by Penna Dexter: My husband had back surgery and he’s been rehabbing with a physical therapist who is a Coptic Christian. Her parents migrated to the US from Egypt. When we mentioned the Palm Sunday bombings of churches in Tanta — 60 miles from Cairo — and Alexandria, she acted as if she’s resigned to it. She said, “Our churches have been bombed for 200 years.”

The Copts are no strangers to persecution — or martyrdom. Coptic believers make up one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, dating back to 55 A.D. Their founder John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark, was martyred one Easter.

Islamic State took responsibility for the Palm Sunday suicide attacks that ripped through these two congregations during worship — imagine it — claiming the lives of 44 worshipers and wounding more than 125.

This violence follows a devastating attack on a Coptic church in suburban Cairo in December that killed 29 Copts, and which was supported by slick propaganda videos distributed online.

Losing territory elsewhere, ISIS has taken advantage of a security vacuum in Egypt and is publicly urging the targeting of Christians. Plus, at certain mosques, preachers invoke the wrath of God on Christians over loudspeakers in their Friday sermons. A similar message is spewed on Islamic television channels.

Egypt’s Christian minority, which comprises about 10 percent of the population, has long suffered from casual bigotry that, its members say, hinders their access to jobs and universities and has frequently erupted into mob violence in some rural areas.

More recently, ISIS has zeroed in on the Coptic community as a vehicle to challenge the Egyptian government. Egypt’s President Sisi counts Christian leaders among his staunchest allies and has pledged to protect them. But his army is stretched thin.

An ISIS leader in Syria told The Wall Street Journal, “As the situation gets harder in Syria, the Islamic State will hit wherever it hurts the crusaders and the apostates.”

Our brothers and sisters in Egypt need our prayers.
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Penna Dexter is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, Greater Fitchburg for Life

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