Joe Biden has made Catholic outreach a major part of his presidential campaign.
One of his biggest campaign boosters, “Catholics for Biden”, has attempted to make the case for Biden on Catholic lines.
Matt Hadro of the Catholic News Agency noted that this group has repeatedly said that “Biden’s priorities align with those of Pope Francis.”
Funny enough, Biden supports federal funding for abortion which goes against Catholic doctrine.
On September 3, 2020, Catholics for Biden held a launch event online. Some of the speakers present at the event included Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Sister Simone Campbell, and Dr. Stephen Schneck, the former Director of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research Studies. Back in 2012, he viewed U.S. bishops’ concerns about the HHS birth control mandate as “overblown.”
The speakers at this online event implored Catholics not to emphasize pro-life issues when they go to the ballot box despite Biden’s promise to support taxpayer-funded abortion and pass official legislation that nationalizes abortion. In addition, the “public option” health care plan features coverage of elective abortions.
Pro-abortion groups such as the National Abortion Rights Action League endorsed his presidential candidacy, while Planned Parenthood Action Fund expressed joy for Biden’s selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential candidate.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”, abortion is described as a “preeminent” threat to human life. The document recognizes that there are many ways to attack human dignity, but it stressed how some people try to warn against a false “moral equivalence that makes no ethical distinctions between different kinds of issues involving human life and dignity.”
By contrast, Catholics for Biden’s voting material encourages voters to downplay abortion and focus on other issues. It put forward the concept of a “Pope Francis Voter”, an individual who “considers racism, poverty, migration and healthcare as ‘sacred issues’ to be prioritized in the voting booth,” according to Hadro’s CNA piece.
Sister Simone Campbell heads the Network, a social justice activist organization, and was the prayer leader at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Hadro recounted that Campbell was asked in an interview with CNA if her organization is against the legalization of abortion.
In a recent interview with CNA, Campbell was asked if her organization opposes legal abortion. “That is not our issue. That is not it. It is above my pay grade,” she responded.
The social justice organization is a Biden booster because the presidential candidate “supports families in the tax code;” is opposed to racism and xenophobia, the death penalty, and “discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and disabled people.” Furthermore, Hadro highlighted that Biden’s support of “housing assistance, health care benefits, the right to organize, and humane treatment of immigrants” are just more reasons why the Network is getting behind the Biden campaign.
On the other hand, Catholic conservative organizations such as “Catholics for Trump” attacked Biden for his pro-abortion record and anti-religious freedom voting behavior.
The Trump campaign’s Catholic voter outreach campaign started focusing on Trump’s moves to select federal judges who eschewed judicial activism, enact pro-life policies and measures to uphold religious freedom, and his successful economic track record.
Catholic voters will need to wake up and realize that Biden is a paragon of political correctness who will advance many of the radical Left’s agenda items. No serious Catholic voter who believes in pro-life policies and respects religious freedom should even consider voting for Biden.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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