The second of Alinsky’s four wrongs was his deliberate manipulation of the Church. As founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation he teaches this on page 94 of Rules For Radicals:
“I have always believed that birth control and abortion are personal rights to be exercised by the individual. If, in my early days when I organized the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago, which was 95 per cent Roman Catholic, I had tried to communicate this….. that would have been the end of my relationship with the community. That instant I would have been stamped as an enemy of the Church and all communication would have ceased. Some years later, after establishing solid relationships, I was free to talk about anything, including birth control… How much longer do you think the Catholic Church can hang on to this archaic notion and still survive?”
Alinsky demonstrated maniplation here by concealing his intentions. He also added in a little ridicule for good measure. Below, section 2469 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is written in relation to the eighth commandment; You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. God will have none of Alinsky’s manipulative ways.
2469 “Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another.” The virtue of truth gives another his just due. Truthfulness keeps to the just mean between what ought to be expressed and what ought to be kept secret: it entails honesty and discretion. In justice, “as a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.”
Deception is next as the third wrong to be illustrated in a post followed by ridicule at fourth. Certainly, Saul Alinsky advocates more wrongs against the Catholic Church. We want to give you the most useful information to help defend against his community organizations in your parish.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.