Conservative Lament for the State of the Union Address

Posted January 25, 2007

The far right is finding itself in an awkward position in the wake of Tuesday night's State of the Union address. For years they've been telling us that if we vote for Bush he'll end abortion, same-sex marriage, and embryonic stem cell research. And yet on Tuesday we heard not a word from the President about any of these issues. This prompted some conservatives to suggest that the so-called 'social agenda' may in fact be dead.

It's true that the movement to impose moral values on pluralist America has hit a few stumbling blocks. But if the right is really concerned protecting human life they might try some new and creative solutions. House and Senate Democrats, for instance, are interested in working Republicans to boost the minimum wage, accessibility to health care, union protection, and other support for working families - all of which will have a measurable effect on the abortion rate. In fact, they have even advanced proposals specifically aimed at reducing abortions.


Are you a member of the religious right?

Posted January 19, 2007

Are you a member of the religious right?

Deal Hudson thinks so. In fact, he thinks that if you really believe in God you have no choice but to become a radical conservative like him.

In his latest blog entry, the disgraced former Bush advisor and current director of the Morley Institute for Church and Culture hawks his new 5-CD set of conservative propaganda, claiming that Catholic voters were duped in 2006 by books and media spin. Deal wants you to believe that the ailing religious right is alive and well, and that the Republicans lost in 2006 because America said "no" to traditional "values voters".


Catholic voter guide released

Posted November 07, 2006

By Lucie Wolken
Missouri Digital News
October 30, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY - A week before the November elections, a national Catholic organization released a voters' guide for voters across the country.

The guide was issued Monday by Catholics United for the Common Good, a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. The guide lists general issues followed by the stance of the Bishops Conference followed by the respective positions of Talent and McCaskill on issues ranging from abortion and capital punishment to climate change and social justice. Included on the site is a voting guide quiz to indicate where a voter's views align the two candidates.

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Catholic voter guide released

Posted November 07, 2006

By Lucie Wolken
Missouri Digital News
October 30, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY - A week before the November elections, a national Catholic organization released a voters' guide for voters across the country.

The guide was issued Monday by Catholics United for the Common Good, a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. The guide lists general issues followed by the stance of the Bishops Conference followed by the respective positions of Talent and McCaskill on issues ranging from abortion and capital punishment to climate change and social justice. Included on the site is a voting guide quiz to indicate where a voter's views align the two candidates.

Missouri's Catholic Conference has lobbied strongly in the state legislature for a ban on stem cell research and restrictions on abortion. It also has opposed the death penalty. The St. Louis area archbishop, the Rev. Raymond Burke, has warned that public officials supporting abortion rights risked ex-communication.

According to Finsel, however, Catholics United is concerned only making sure Catholic voters have accurate information.


'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

Posted November 06, 2006

U.S. Bishops' Stance Against 'Litmus Tests' in Line With Moral Priorities of Mainstream Catholics

Boston, MA, November 6, 2006 - Catholics United for the Common Good welcomes an official Church memo that asks parishes to refrain from distributing voting guides produced by outside organizations. The document, written by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, repudiates the claim that Church teaching on political responsibility can be boiled down to a narrow range of divisive issues. This move coincides growing belief among Catholic voters that 'kitchen table' issues - such as the Iraq War, health care, corruption, and economic security - deserve serious moral consideration at the polls.

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'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

Posted November 06, 2006

'Catholics United' Welcomes Church Reproach of Controversial Voting Guides

U.S. Bishops' Stance Against 'Litmus Tests' in Line With Moral Priorities of Mainstream Catholics

Boston, MA, November 6, 2006 - Catholics United for the Common Good welcomes an official Church memo, reported Friday by Religion News Service, that asks parishes to refrain from distributing voting guides produced by outside organizations. The document, written by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore and chair of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, repudiates the claim that Church teaching on political responsibility can be boiled down to a narrow range of divisive issues. This move coincides growing belief among Catholic voters that 'kitchen table' issues - such as the Iraq War, health care, corruption, and economic security - deserve serious moral consideration at the polls.


Catholic Bishops Put Kibosh on Partisan Voting Guides

Posted November 03, 2006

Religion News Service reported today that Cardinal William H. Keeler, chair of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, has asked parishes not to use voting guides that are not approved by the Church.

The message from Cardinal Keeler settles a debate that began in 2004, when organizations such as the San Diego-based Catholic Answers began a systematic campaign through paid advertisements and printed voting guides to convince Catholics only to consider abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia at the voting booth. Many observers viewed this message as an attempt to undermine the Bishops' 2003 Faithful Citizenship voting guide - which lists more than fifty issues relevant to Catholic voters, and characterizes Catholic citizenship as a call to promote "the common good." Partisan organizations such as Fidelis and the Catholic League have actively promoted this narrow view as well.


'Catholics United' launches online voter guide and quiz for U.S. Senate races

Posted November 02, 2006

www.votingcatholic.org fights partisan misinformation about authentic Church teaching

Boston, MA, November 1, 2006 - The nonpartisan group Catholics United for the Common Good released its Catholic Voting Project (CVP) voter guide for sixteen U.S. Senate races today. The online resource - available at www.votingcatholic.org - allows voters to compare the positions of leading candidates on some 20 issues important in Catholic teaching. It also offers a unique interactive voter quiz that will compare users' views to those of the Senate candidates and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

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'Catholics United' launches online voter guide and quiz for U.S. Senate races

Posted November 02, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2006

CONTACT:
Chris Korzen
202-903-0856
ckorzen@catholics-united.org

www.votingcatholic.org fights partisan misinformation about authentic Church teaching

Boston, MA - The nonpartisan group Catholics United for the Common Good released its Catholic Voting Project (CVP) voter guide for sixteen U.S. Senate races today. The online resource - available at www.votingcatholic.org - allows voters to compare the positions of leading candidates on some 20 issues important in Catholic teaching. It also offers a unique interactive voter quiz that will compare users' views to those of the Senate candidates and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.


Study: 655,000 Iraqis Dead Thanks to War

Posted October 11, 2006

Study: 655,000 Iraqis Dead Thanks to War - A controversial new study from Johns Hopkins University contends that nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death toll than other estimates. Researchers, who attempted to calculate how many more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than would have diedout the war, based their conclusion on interviews of households and not on a body count. [Latest News]