Hillary Clinton and her campaign believe Catholics are backward. She lumps them with Donald Trump’s “deplorables.”
“It’s no secret progressive elites despise religion,” said The Wall Street Journal, but “it’s striking to see their contempt expressed so bluntly as in the leaked email chains that include Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.”
Source of the leaked emails is WikiLeaks. The Clintons blame Vladimir Putin. Though the Left celebrated WikiLeaks that damaged the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, said the Journal, the real snitches are Democrats such as Mr. Podesta and Mrs. Clinton’s aides. They clearly show that she had a close, snugly relationship with the Democratic National Committee throughout the entire campaign season — meaning Sen. Bernie Sanders was a loser from the very start.
The latest scandal, which is part of Mrs. Clinton skin, is the contempt in which she and her campaign hold Catholics. And obviously Christians. Particularly anyone who believes in the sanctity of human life.
Mr. Podesta and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, received an email from former Democratic strategist John Halpin, senior fellow at the Left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, formerly headed by Mr. Podesta, saying that then Journal managing editor and now CEO Robert Thomson and Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, which owns the Journal, were raising their children as Catholics.
“Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in The New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” said Mr. Halpin.
“Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC [Supreme Court] and think tanks to the media and social groups. It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
Replied Ms. Palmieri: “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
Replied Mr. Halpin: “Excellent point. They can throw around ‘Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”
Thomistic thought began with Saint Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274), a Dominican friar and theologian who influenced Catholic faith.
“But subsidiarity is a concept that the left would do well to consider,” said the Journal. “It is the idea that social problems are best addressed by the nearest and smallest competent authority, rather than by a faraway state. Individual acts of charity can be highly effective, but the Clinton platform sees virtue only in a centralized bureaucracy sending out welfare checks regardless of results.”
In a 2012 email Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed Mr. Podesta that “there needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.” She advised the Clinton team to “plant the seeds of the revolution” to change Catholic teaching. Replied Mr. Podesta: “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this … Likewise Catholics United.”
Thus members of the Clinton’s inner circle created front groups to foment a “Catholic Spring” — says Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post, “because as their dear leader had announced, ‘deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.’”
The media so terribly involved in Democratic Party politics has totally ignored this anti-religious bias. Because, said the Journal, “To the progressives who dominate America culture and politics, anti-Christian views are the most socially acceptable form of bigotry.”
Questions Mr. Thiessen suggests for Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who says he is Catholic: Does he believes Catholics are “backwards, that the Catholic Church is a middle ages dictatorship? Should politicians foment a “Catholic Spring”? Does he believe Democrats should create front groups to launch a “revolution” against the church? Our question: Does he believe in abortion?
If elected, continues Mr. Thiessen, does anyone imagine Mrs. Clinton and her team will pick Supreme Court justices who respect religious liberty?
Did it ever occur to Mr. Podesta or Ms. Palmieri or Ms. Newman, asks C.C. Pecknold, associate professor of theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., that people would become Catholic out of sincere belief, or because they discover that the faith is true, that we live in a country founded on religious freedom, that they should respect the integrity of the Catholic faith rather than try to manipulate and transform it?
The Clintons and the Democrat Party condemn Islamophobia and preach tolerance toward Muslims, but they have unremitting hostility toward and disdain for Catholics, evangelicals, and any who worship a God other than government, says freelance writer Daniel John Sobieski. And they have declared war on Catholicism.