Catholics United Expands Ad Campaign Targeting Pro-Life Members of Congress Voting against Children’s Health Insurance

Posted November 07, 2007

As Congress debates a plan to offer health insurance to millions of uninsured children, Catholics United is running an expanded ad campaign on Christian radio targeting 18 pro-life members of Congress who have voted against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The ads contend that members of Congress who vote against health care for children are compromising their pro-life voting record.

“As members of Congress debate this legislation, Catholics United wants them to know that people of faith are paying attention to their actions back home,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. “Protecting the weak and vulnerable lies at the heart of the Christian faith, and we are willing to go all out on behalf of this legislation.”

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Catholics United Expands Ad Campaign Targeting Pro-Life Members of Congress Voting against Children’s Health Insurance

Posted November 07, 2007

Ads Will Run in Six New Congressional Districts for a Total of 13


Vote Sustaining President's Veto of Health Care for Millions of Children is Shameful

Posted October 18, 2007

Catholics United expressed extreme disappointment over the failure of "pro-life" Members of Congress to overturn President Bush's veto of health care for millions of uninsured children.

Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United states, "Today's vote is not only a setback for the 10 million uninsured children of America, but also for all those who care about the sanctity of human life. When political ideology triumphs over concern for the most vulnerable, both human dignity and the common good suffer."

Catholics United aired commercials on Christian and Catholic radio stations leading up to today's vote. The ads challenged 10 Members of Congress who say they are "pro-life" yet vote against health care for millions of our most vulnerable children. The ads received widespread attention, most notably from House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thad McCotter. In an article appearing on the National Review website, Rep. McCotter characterized Catholics United as the "devil" and as being in "sin" for challenging his and other members of Congress pro-life commitment.

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Vote Sustaining President's Veto of Health Care for Millions of Children is Shameful

Posted October 18, 2007

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October 18, 2007

Contact:
Chris Korzen
(202) 903-0856
ckorzen@catholics-united.org

Washington, DC - Catholics United expressed extreme disappointment over the failure of "pro-life" Members of Congress to overturn President Bush's veto of health care for millions of uninsured children.

Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United states, "Today's vote is not only a setback for the 10 million uninsured children of America, but also for all those who care about the sanctity of human life. When political ideology triumphs over concern for the most vulnerable, both human dignity and the common good suffer."


Catholics United Responds to Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s Comments Describing the Organization as a “Devil”

Posted October 18, 2007

This past Wednesday, October 17, Representative Thaddeus McCotter authored an opinion piece in the National Review Online under the title “False Prophets Arise.” In the article, Congressman McCotter characterizes Catholics United as a “devil” and as committing “sin” for criticizing his vote against health care for millions of children despite his “pro-life” beliefs. Thad McCotter is a member of the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives, and is the fourth highest-ranked Republican in the House.

“This type of rhetoric is simply inappropriate, especially from someone serving in a senior leadership position. Criticizing the inconsistencies of McCotter’s pro-life beliefs belongs in our public debate, insinuating that an organization represents the devil does not,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.

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Catholics United Responds to Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s Comments Describing the Organization as a “Devil” and in “Sin”

Posted October 18, 2007

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October 18, 2007

Contact:
James Salt
305-978-1056
jsalt@catholics-united.org

Washington, DC - This past Wednesday, October 17, Representative Thaddeus McCotter authored an opinion piece in the National Review Online under the title “False Prophets Arise.” In the article, Congressman McCotter characterizes Catholics United as a “devil” and as committing “sin” for criticizing his vote against health care for millions of children despite his “pro-life” beliefs. Thad McCotter is a member of the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives, and is the fourth highest-ranked Republican in the House.

“This type of rhetoric is simply inappropriate, especially from someone serving in a senior leadership position. Criticizing the inconsistencies of McCotter’s pro-life beliefs belongs in our public debate, insinuating that an organization represents the devil does not,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.


Ann Coulter, Shock Theologian

Posted October 17, 2007

Attempting to weasel out of her latest PR-stunt gone awry, Ann Coulter has now set her sights on Catholics United. What an honor! I only wish that in addition to giving Coulter yet another soapbox for her backward views, the authors of today’s one-sided NewsMax piece had chosen to use a little bit more of the interview I gave.

Ms. Coulter can believe whatever she wants about her need for our Jewish brothers and sisters to “perfect” themselves by converting to Christianity. But when she crossed the line into suggesting that America would be better off if everyone were Christian, she defiled the very principles upon which this nation was formed.

As I told NewsMax last week, Catholics and Americans don’t just tolerate people of different faiths like we tolerate a crying child on a plane, we believe that having a society made up of Jews, Muslims, Christians - even Atheists - is what makes our country great.

I wonder if Ms. Coulter would be happier if she lived in a place that shares her disregard for religious diversity. I hear Iran is nice this time of year.

Chris Korzen
Executive Director
Catholics United

UPDATE

A respected Catholic theologian wrote to remind me of the following yesterday:

The Second Vatican Council stated in the Declaration on Religious Freedom (no. 3) that every person is "bound to follow his conscience faithfully, in order that he may come to God." Further, the Declaration on Religious Freedom no. 4 states that "in spreading religious faith... everyone ought at all times to refrain from any manner of action that might seem to carry a hint of a kind of coercion or of a kind of persuasion that would be dishonorable or unworthy." Thus, communicating and sharing Christian faith is indeed part of the mission of Christians, but only in ways that fully respect the freedom of all others. These are the official teachings of the Council.


Ann Coulter Strikes Back on Jewish Issue

Posted October 17, 2007

By Phil Brennan and Jim Meyers - Newsmax.com
October 17, 2007

An angry Ann Coulter has responded to critics who lambasted her for remarking that Jews would be “perfected” if they would embrace Christianity, telling Newsmax she has been misquoted, and pointing (though she is not Catholic) to established Catholic doctrine.

Last week the conservative pundit told CNBC’s Donnie Deutsch: “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say … Christians believe the Old Testament (Jews) don’t believe our testament.”


Democrats Push Republicans to Buck Bush on Child Health Bill

Posted October 13, 2007

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and ROBERT PEAR
The New York Times
October 13, 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 — With a vote scheduled for Thursday, Democrats and their allies are hitting the airwaves, staging rallies and making a blizzard of phone calls as they try to pressure Republican House members to override President Bush’s veto of a bill expanding a popular health insurance program for children.

The intensity of the campaign underscores the Democrats’ growing confidence that some Republicans could be imperiling their re-election prospects next year by choosing to back Mr. Bush despite bipartisan support for the $35 billion expansion of the health program.


Ad Campaign Criticizes Pro-Life Members of Congress for Voting against Children’s Health Insurance

Posted October 12, 2007

Washington - Catholics United will launch a radio advertising campaign targeting ten members of Congress whose opposition to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) have compromised their pro-life voting records.

The ads, which feature a mother urging her Congressional Representative to support SCHIP, will primarily air on Christian and talk radio stations from Monday Oct. 15 to Wednesday, Oct. 17 as Congress approaches a critical Oct. 18 vote to override President Bush’s veto of bipartisan SCHIP legislation.

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