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

Posted October 12, 2007

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October 11, 2007

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

Washington, DC - 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.

“Building a true culture of life requires public policies that promote the welfare of the most vulnerable,” said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United. “At the heart of the Christian faith is a deep and abiding concern for the need of others. Pro-life Christians who serve in Congress should honor this commitment by supporting health care for poor children.”


Former Bush Catholic Advisor Bashes Vatican Climate Change Campaign

Posted September 11, 2007

Former Bush Catholic advisor Deal Hudson is up to his old tricks again, challenging recent efforts by the Vatican to combat global climate change.

Hudson has made a career of strongarming Catholics into voting in line his interpretation of Church teaching, but apparently all bets are off when the Church takes a stand against the climate crisis.  "I simply hate that the Vatican... is jumping on the global warming bandwagon," Deal wrote on his blog last week, "and thereby appearing to give it official sanction."

Click here to tell President Bush's Catholic strategist that caring for the environment is a vital component of respecting the dignity of all human life.

Does the Catholic Church oppose climate change?  We sure do.  But operatives like Hudson are hard at work manipulating our faith to make it fit their narrow political agenda.

U.S. Catholics are tired of this abuse and want it to stop.  Click the link below to send a strong message to Deal Hudson to stop misusing Church teaching for political gain.

Will you join us in calling on Bush strategist Deal Hudson to respect Church teaching on the environment?


Clarifying the Christian Science Monitor Story on Joseph Biden

Posted August 27, 2007

A story in the August 27th edition of the Christian Science Monitor ("Joseph Biden: a frank and abiding faith") quotes me as saying that the attempts by some to impose a formula on Catholic voters is "an absolute misuse of Catholic teaching."

This is an accurate quote. However, I was not, as some may interpret the article to suggest, specifically referring to pronouncements by Catholic bishops regarding Catholic political candidates, but rather to the actions of groups outside the Church institution to influence Catholic voters. Chief among these is an organization called Catholic Answers, which tried in 2004 to convince Catholic voters that voting for candidates the "wrong" positions on certain issues made these voters unfit for communion.

Voting can never be reduced to a formula, and must always consider the voter's reasons for casting a vote. This was Cardinal Ratzinger's advice to the U.S. Catholic Bishops when he took up the issue in 2004, and a principle our organization stands firmly behind.

As for denying communion to candidates, we stand by the Vatican's assertion that this is a matter best left to each individual bishop.

Chris Korzen
Executive Director
Catholics United


Joseph Biden: a frank and abiding faith

Posted August 27, 2007

By Gail Russell Chaddock - The Christian Science Monitor
August 27, 2007

Washington - From his childhood bedroom in a treeless industrial suburb of Wilmington, Del., Joe Biden looked out on Archmere, an Italianate mansion and Catholic boys high school that he called "the object of my deepest desire, my Oz."

Archmere was also the home of financier John Jacob Raskob, who ran the 1928 campaign of Gov. Al Smith (D) of New York, the first Roman Catholic to become the presidential nominee of a major US political party.

Against long odds, Senator Biden aims to be No. 4. He sees faith and values, as well as his own deep experience in public policy, as a key to that race.


Cella Sells Out

Posted August 09, 2007

President of Fidelis Puts Partisanship over Principle as Consultant to Fred Thompson’s Presidential Campaign

Washington, D.C. – Catholics United is calling on Joseph Cella, currently on leave as president of the Catholic organization Fidelis, to explain his recent decision to accept a high-level faith outreach position in former Senator Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Notorious for excoriating Democratic candidates over their positions on abortion, Mr. Cella is now a paid consultant for a Republican presidential contender who himself has an inconsistent record on life issues.

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