My my — this should be a hoot (via Politico):
President Obama’s political team today will announce a new effort to court RELIGIOUS VOTERS in 2012. Democratic officials say they see an opening with Christians on immigration, the budget and other issues.
Okay, let’s stop right there. Immigration was an issue Obama and the Democrats completely failed to do anything about in the first two years of his administration when they had total control of the House and Senate. Talk about an empty promise.
For the past two years, the White House has had an intentional program of outreach to centrist Christians on issues like adoption and fatherhood, with programs that include an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room.
“Centrist Christians” is of course code for “Christians who compromise on fundamental issues such as the right to life and protecting marriage and family.” As usual, this administration has a very specific type of Christian they choose to work with.
This cycle, the new DNC effort will be headed by the Rev. Derrick Harkins […] Harkins will report to DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard and Director of Constituency Outreach Brian Bond. Harkin is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals, and works with Catholics as a board member of Faith in Public Life, launched in 2006 to take the partisan edge off faith in the public square, dominated by the GOP in 2004.
That’s a nice little line: “take the partisan edge off faith in the public square.” What hypocrisy. So, in other words, it is “partisan” to disagree with Democrat policies such as unfettered abortion access, taxpayer-subsidized contraception and dismantling and undermining laws that protect marriage as the union of husband and wife, not to mention conscience protections to shield people of faith from being forced to violate their beliefs.
Harkins’ one tie to Catholics is a group called “Faith in Public Life” (FPL) whose website currently has this image adorning its homepage:
… a golden calf they brought to the Occupy Wall Street protest. Nice.
PFL explains its history beginning this way: “Following the 2004 election, in which faith was often deployed in service of a narrow and partisan agenda…” again, no need to go any farther. My simple question is: how has Obama’s faith-based outreach not been marked with anything except a narrow, partisan agenda that marches in lock-step with his political ideology and goals?
The great irony of this effort to confuse court religious voters is that President Obama has been the most anti-freedom of religion and anti-freedom of conscience president in modern American history.
Whether it’s working to destroy the traditional legal definition of who qualifies as an exempted religious minister, nominating an appointee to the EEOC who is on record saying sexual liberty should trump religious liberty every time, suing Catholic Colleges to force them to pay for contraception in their health care plans, the HHS forcing Catholic Hospitals (and all medical plans under Obamacare) to subsidize contraception and abortion providers with taxpayer money, claiming that Catholics and other Christians who believe marriage is between a husband and wife are guilty of animus towards gays and lesbians and … golly, that’s just the stuff I can name off the top of my head! There is more, so much more that this administration has done to erode religious liberty and marginalize Christians and Catholics in particular.
Bottom line: Catholics and Christians may have been fooled once in 2008 by President Obama’s promises but they won’t be fooled twice in 2012 with the same patently false promises.
So here’s my message to the DNC: Game on. It’s time to win back religious voters from a President who opposes their values every single time they come into conflict with his and the Democrats’ political ideology.