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Dem Bigotry Gives GOP Clear Shot at Catholic Vote

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2023
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While evangelical Christians have historically made up the most notable bloc of religious Americans within the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement, a growing wave of anti-Catholic sentiment on the left could offer Republicans a vital opportunity to make their case about why the GOP platform best serves the interests and values of Catholic voters.

Perhaps the most notable recent instance of the left’s anti-Catholic persecution was a leaked internal FBI memo earlier this year which stated that the Richmond, Virginia FBI field office was targeting “traditionalist Catholics”—defined partially by the FBI as those who attend Latin Mass—as an “extremist” threat. Though the FBI has since announced a retraction of the document, those who practice the Catholic faith—as well as other American believers—likely remain skeptical.

In the aftermath of the leak, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) even defended the FBI, claiming that the agency’s actions were somehow good for Catholic parishes. Additionally, President Joe Biden, who is regularly hailed by the media as a “devout” Catholic—remained silent on the matter.

In response to the memo, Bishop Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond stated that he was “alarmed,” insisting the document “should be troubling and offensive to all communities of faith, as well as all Americans.” Knestout also called on the Commonwealth of Virginia to “exercise their role of oversight” and to “publicly condemn this threat to religious liberty.”

Knestout’s comments were echoed by other American bishops—including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York—signaling that even among the Catholic hierarchy, there is an increasingly clear-eyed view that people of faith are indeed under attack.

In another instance of brazen religious persecution, last fall, the FBI sent more than 20 armed agents to raid the home Mark Houck, a Catholic pro-life activist and father of seven children in Pennsylvania. Houck was arrested and charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act stemming from an incident outside an abortion center last year.

As video evidence shows, Houck was praying the rosary outside a clinic with his son when a pro-abortion activist approached and verbally harassed them. Houck later explained how the abortion activist shouted expletives at his son, which prompted Houck to shove him to the ground. For this act, Houck faced 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

Thankfully, Houck was acquitted by a jury earlier this year. But that did not do anything to stop the impression that the Biden administration is deliberately targeting faithful Catholics.

In yet another instance of this pattern, the Biden Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently threatened to revoke an Oklahoma Catholic hospital’s accreditation if it did not remove its sanctuary candle. The hospital’s legal counsel described the punitive and coercive move as an effort “to extinguish not just a candle, but the First Amendment rights of the Saint Francis Health System, as well as vital healthcare for the elderly, poor, and disabled in Oklahoma.”

In a victory for Catholics and other religious Americans, HHS eventually backed down—sparing the hospital from a long and arduous legal battle.

Of course, these incidents are only the beginning of the left’s streak of anti-Catholicism. Last summer, a series of attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and Catholic parishes following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, which returned the power to legislate on abortion to the states, was met with silence from Democrat Party leaders. While Biden’s DOJ was sure to bring maximum force to bear against pro-life activist Mark Houck, there have been no such high-profile raids against vandals who targeted pro-life institutions.

In another example of the left’s growing hostility toward Catholics, Democrats relentlessly targeted then-judge Amy Coney Barrett’s faith during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 2020. As far back as 2017, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein was telling Barrett that her faith, in essence, precluded her from serving on the federal bench, infamously declaring, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

During the 2022 midterm election cycle, one conservative entity began to call attention to this pattern of anti-Catholic sentiment. Frontiers of Freedom Action, a conservative super PAC, ran a series of ads against five incumbent Senate Democrats in New York, Arizona, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Nevada that emphasized the senators’ complicity in an “anti-Catholic religious test” for judicial nominees and presidential appointees.

Unlike evangelicals, historically associated with more widespread support for Republican candidates, Catholics are typically split nearly down the middle. Though both Catholics and evangelicals account for approximately a quarter of U.S. voters, 75 percent of evangelicals supported Donald Trump in 2020, whereas the candidate who earns the majority of Catholic votes routinely alternates between Republicans and Democrats, with the vote outcome very narrowly decided nearly every time.

If the GOP is able to further expose Democrats’ anti-Catholic bias, however, Republicans could see Catholic voters joining them in droves. Most Catholic voters would likely be shocked to learn of Democrats’ laundry list of anti-Catholic initiatives—and if the party establishment directed any effort to earn the support of politically disaffected Catholics (particularly Hispanic Catholics in sunbelt purple states), Catholic voters could become just as instrumental to the GOP’s electoral fortunes as evangelicals.

With many Democrats now not even bothering to hide their disdain for Catholics, this shift could well begin in earnest in the 2024 election cycle. Moreover, aside from just electoral victories, a powerful coalition of evangelical and Catholic voters would likely prove instrumental in restoring Christian values and religious belief to a central place in American life.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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A Voter
A Voter
1 year ago

That’s all fine and good, but will republicans be smart enough to take advantage of the situation? I doubt it. Their history of running campaigns via the “well we gave democrats enough rope to hang themselves, so everyone SHOULD vote for us” doesn’t work, but it doesn’t stop rebuplicans from trying it time and time again. But even when they do win big, like in 2016 when they had the house, senate and presidency, what really changes? Did they do anything they promised? Not really. (We STILL have Obamacare). Granted Trump did a lot but his power was limited by the office, but what did the senate and house do? NOTHING. Republicans should revamp their motto- “Even when we win, we act like we lost!”

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Most catholics have little in common with those catholics who attend latin masses so i doubt there is much sympathy there. Also, i believe catholics trend more liberal than 50/50. A substantial swing would indeed be electrifying but ill wait to see. Catholics began ignoring dogmatic teaching on birth control in the sixties and have weakened considerably on abortion, thus aligning themselves with the demon party. Its the occasional brave bishop or parish priest that gets attention now, exposing the lefties above him in the hierarchy.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

The Catholic vote will most likely go to the candidates that follow the Ten Commandments & lead with integrity. This means NO VOTE for the people that blatantly ignore any of the commandments. You do not have to be squeeky clean but you must prove that you have strong morals.

Jackie
Jackie
1 year ago

The politicians who proclaim their faith until their faith gets in the way of some big financial supporter has some requirement that goes against the faith – that’s when you will see who is faithful and who is a money grabber!! How many Catholic politicians have used their power to go against the church, their faith and religion, in general, but still expect the votes of the Catholic faithful?? There should be none because once they have shown their greedy, selfish, self-indulgent, predatory selves, those Democrat voters should never vote for them again and yet those faith negligent politicians keep being re-elected!! What does that say about the true faith of the Democrat voters??

Melinda
Melinda
1 year ago

If only the MSM would report real news more people would be aware of what’s happening (I know, I’m a dreamer!).

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

When all these illegal aliens who are primarily Catholics, learn of the Democrat bias towards them, and of their push towards abortion and transgenderism, they will vote Republican, just remember that one!

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts
1 year ago

The United States Constitution, Article VI, Clause 3: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Reading in this article, “As far back as 2017, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein was telling Barrett that her faith, in essence, precluded her from serving on the federal bench, infamously declaring, “the dogma lives loudly within you.””, I still wonder why she (and others who questioned any nominee’s faith) were not taken to task.

matt
matt
1 year ago

The Democrats and their agencies, such as the the DOJ and the FBI , have been going strongly against Catholics and all Christians since the “election”. It is about time the leadership of the Catholic Church pulled their heads from the sand and begun to preach about this persecution. Obviously such terrible behavior does not bother the individuals working within and for the Biden government. They apparently do not see anything wrong with violating the Constitution [A document they all swore to uphold when they took their jobs !!].. This is all part of the plan to get rid of families and religions in the great socialist scheme of things fostered by Biden and his party. Speak out against this Catholics! Biden is not a Catholic. He and his crew will have to answer to God but they should also have to answer to the innocent people they are attacking..

JayJay
JayJay
1 year ago

Joe Biden is pure evil. I do not see how anyone can look at him and not see it. He claims to be a devout Catholic, but I think he sold his soul to the devil a long time go.

Patricia A Arsenault
Patricia A Arsenault
1 year ago

YUP! #AmericaFirst

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

You can not be Catholic and also a Democrat. You are one or the other.

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