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Catholics petition Pope to tell Obama and Congress to defend Marriage, Life, Religion and …?

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A Catholic petition is circulating, asking Pope Francis to tell Barack Obama and Congress to defend Marriage, Life, the free exercise of religion and the poor (from the damaging policies based on “man-made climate change theory.”)

This petition also brings up several additional important points that we highlighted in red.

You can sign the petition HERE.  (We recommend signing it.)

Read the petition letter below from Catholics for America:

Your Holiness,
We are under attack by powerful organizations and politicians in the United States of America. Organizations and politicians who have distorted in public the true meanings of Marriage, Life and Freedom of Religion.

We humbly ask that when you visit President Obama on September 23, 2015 and address the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015 that you implore each to:

  1. Uphold and recodify in law, Marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
  2. Defend the Life of the unborn child from death and dismemberment, sale of his/her body parts, defend all persons from “legalized” euthanasia and rescue our Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Yazidi brothers and sisters from the horrors of ISIS.
  3. Uphold and recodify in law, the Free Exercise of Religion for their citizens.
  4. Defend the Poor from damaging policies based on “man-made climate change theory” that for a decade, have raised the costs on products from automobiles to food to washing machines. These policies have put more products and services even further out of reach of the Poor. These same policies also have made it more difficult or impossible for many who have a higher income to be charitable to the Poor.

Your Holiness, our president and our politicians, (many of them dissenting Catholics on Marriage, Life and the Free Exercise of Religion) need to hear you on these moral issues. Catholics in the United States need and want to hear you and many non-Catholic Christians in the U.S. want to hear you on these issues.

We pray you will address these issues and that this message finds you well and in good health.

Be assured that you are in our prayers.

Supporters of Catholics for America

Click HERE to sign the petition TODAY.

Sign the Petition Asking Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

Sr. Mary Bernard LSP

Sign this important petition from Catholics for America TODAY by clicking on the link at the bottom.  Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet tomorrow.  So, time is of the essence.  The following post is entitled Petition: Ask His Holiness, Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting Catholic groups such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ below:

Catholics for America

Friends, below is a petition letter to Pope Francis that we hope you will sign.  We believe it is important that the Holy Father hear from his flock in America about our concerns as Catholic lay persons especially in grave matters.

Your Holiness,

President Obama is trying to force Catholic groups in the U.S. such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to abandon their Catholic conscience and pay for services inconsistent with life and Catholic Church teaching.

President Obama is doing this through his unjust law popularly known by him as ‘ObamaCare’ and one of its directives known as the ‘HHS mandate.’

When President Obama meets with you on March 27, 2014, I humbly ask in the spirit of Matthew’s Gospel that you admonish him for his persecution of Catholic persons, businesses and others of good will who are suffering under his unjust law.

Also, in solidarity with my Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters and others of good will, I ask that you admonish President Obama for his support of their political persecutors.

God bless you and be assured of my prayers.

Click here to sign the petition.

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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Video: Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance in a video by his staff on WhiteHouse.gov

Linda Douglass Obamacare GUARANTEE 2 blogThe video below busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s in a blog post on www.WhiteHouse.gov right here and both the video and the post are damning!

Notice the last lines of the screen shot above from the blog post:

“For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them.”

The video is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.  She starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.  The White House uploaded this video to their Youtube site on August 3, 2009.

I can’t imagine this video or its blog post staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

Just like the White House’s blog post headline reads, ‘facts are stubborn things.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance on a strange WhiteHouse.gov (video)

Linda Douglas

This post has been improved.  Click here for a more in depth version.

The following strange video busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s on www.WhiteHouse.gov!  It is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.

Linda Douglass starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.

I can’t imagine this video staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

John Boehner is the target of Barack Obama’s (Organizing for Action’s) “Action August” protests

Barack Obama’s new community organization, Organizing for Action (OFA) sent an email to its followers on July 26, 2013 that Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner will have a summer/August that will be hard to forget.  Another email was sent by Barack Obama on July 30, 2013 encouraging OFA supporters to engage in this ‘August Action.’

What could this email from ‘Organizing for Action’ mean?  Protests.  And guess what?  The protests started today right on cue.  I’m told they protested at the Speaker’s office and read the following story ↓ Immigration activists were arrested at the capitol today.

These protests will follow the 13 “power tactics” of Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama as seen HERE.

Let the email from July 26, 2013 speak for itself:

OFA Boehner email image

Barack Obama himself (his written text in green) then sent this email on July 30, 2013 encouraging OFA supporters to get in on the August Action:

Friend —

There is only so much I can do on my own.

The special interests know it, and they’re counting on you to be silent on gun violence and climate change. They hope you’re not paying attention to creating jobs or fixing our broken immigration system.

And they plan to make the loudest noise when your members of Congress come home for August recess.

I’m counting on you to be just as vocal — to make sure the agenda that Americans voted for last year is front and center.

Say you’ll do at least one thing as part of OFA’s Action August in your community, no matter where you live.

I know it’s easy to get frustrated by the pace of progress.

But it’s not a reason to sit back and do nothing — our system only works if you play your part.

If you don’t let your representatives know where you stand in August, we risk losing an important battle on your home turf.

So I’m asking you to speak up — commit to do at least one thing in your community during Action August:

http://my.barackobama.com/Commit-to-Action-August

Thanks,

Barack

Below is the graphic of the sign-up for the ‘August Action’ per the links Barack Obama refers to in his email above:

OFA August Action edited

In case there is any doubt.  Yes, the president of the United States is encouraging actions (protests) against the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.  These so-called actions have started as encouraged by Obama.  The 13 ‘Power tactics’ are being employed by Obama’s OFA.

What do we do to counter Obama’s and OFA’s actions?  Know what the 13 ‘power tactics’ are.  Don’t give in to them.  Share this information with everyone you know.

By the way Governor Scott of Florida is going through the same sort of protests from a group of Occupy affiliated anarchists inappropriately self-named the ‘Dream Defenders.’

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

The 13 anti-Catholic “power tactics” of Saul Alinsky, (Barack Obama) and community organizations

alinskysmallIn his book Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky states “Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them.  In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give.  Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126

Saul Alinsky’s 13 “power tactics” are inconsistent with Catholic teaching and prove to be anti-Catholic as you will see below.  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and current community organizers have followed and do follow the “power tactics.”  These tactics are found on pages 127-134 of Rules for Radicals:

1.  “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

2.  “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.  It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted.”

3.  “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.  Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

4.  “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

5.  Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule.  Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

6.  “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.  If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with tactic.”

7.  “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday.

8.  “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

9.  “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

10.  “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”

11.  “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside;  this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.”

12.  “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right – we don’t know what to do about this issue.  Now you tell us.””

13.  Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities.  One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and “frozen.”…  Obviously there is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks…  Furthermore, any target can always say, “Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?”  When you “freeze the target,” you disregard these arguments…  Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.”

If a community organization on this list (click here) is in your Catholic diocese and has any of its parishes as members, then they use the anti-Catholic “power tactics” listed above.  Take these steps (click here) to remove them.

Change Agents V1To learn more about the history and damaging influence of Saul Alinsky on prominent Catholic clergy and laity click on → Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies, which is available at Amazon.  By Stephanie Block.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Egypt’s Catholic Bishops’ support removal of Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi

Fr. Rafik GreicheEgypt’s Catholic Bishops’ support the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi as stated through Father Rafik Greiche (pictured at left,) head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.  Excerpts are taken from the article that was published in Aid to the Church in Need (ACN.)  ACN is an international charity dependent on the Holy See, providing pastoral relief to needy and oppressed churches.  Full story is here.  Read excerpts below:

Father Rafik Greiche, head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, emphasised that the military’s ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was not a coup d’état. “The army carried out the will of the people…  A number of western media are now presenting it as a coup d’état. But a putsch happens when officers take power and act without the endorsement of the people. But this is exactly what did not happen in Egypt yesterday. Moreover, the army wanted to prevent the bloodshed the Muslim brothers were threatening. This is why they took action.”

“The ousting of Morsi and the political new beginning is a joyous day for us Christians in Egypt and for all Egyptians. We hope that we will not be excluded from the political process that lies before us.” It is too early to speculate about the future of the Islamist Muslim brotherhood. However, their failure was apparent to all Egyptians, he stressed. “The Muslim brothers were not ready to govern. Moreover, their focus was on setting up an Islamic caliphate and not first and foremost on Egypt. The people were no longer willing to accept this.” However, Father Greiche worries that the Muslim brothers who were ousted from power may take revenge and cause unrest. The first instances of Islamist violence against Christian institutions have already taken place in this context, according to Father Greiche. “Attacks were carried out against a Catholic church near Minya yesterday and the day before that. The building was slightly damaged and particularly Christian businesses in the surrounding area were affected.”

Father Greiche further emphasised that it is now the job of Azhar University in Cairo, the most important Islamic institution in the country, to return the young people who were misled by the ideology of the Muslim brothers to the right path.

Support the courageous Catholic bishops and the other christian leaders like Pope Tawadros of the Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox Church who support the removal of the jihadist muslim group, the Muslim Brotherhood and their leader Mohamed Morsi.  These christian leaders are risking their lives.  I don’t think enough of us in America understand their sufferings of murder, rape and church burnings at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

What does Barack Obama think of the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi?  Well, it was reported in the June 18 edition of Sadi al-Balad that Ramses Naggar, the legal counsel for the Coptic (Egyptian Orthodox) Church, said that during U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson’s June 17 meeting with Pope Tawadros, she “asked him to urge the Copts not to participate” in the demonstrations against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why would an Obama administration official working at his direction urge the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Pope to not allow his flock to demonstrate against the people responsible for murdering his people and attacking his churches?  Maybe, because Barack Obama has Muslim Brotherhood advisors in the White House.  Possibly, as many as 7 to 15 according to some sources.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Organizing for Action: Barack Obama’s New Community Organization

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President Obama as Barack the Organizer exposes the purely partisan nature of Alinskyian political organizing.  It’s the Chicago Way.

By Stephanie Block

OFA logo 2One of the most frustrating experiences a congregant can face is watching his faith community join an Alinskyian community organization (also referred to as a socialist community organization by “Lay Catholics”.) Sooner or later, he will approach the pastor, complaining that the organization is “just another political” group. The pastor patronizingly retorts that it isn’t.

OFA logoPresident Barack Obama, however, is providing the chastened congregant with new ammunition. The Obama campaign for reelection has morphed into a non-profit entity called Organizing for Action.[i] Jon Carson, who directed Obama’s Office of Public Engagement during the president’s first term and is now executive director of Organizing for Action, has made a YouTube presentation[ii]…  See below:

…(as has the president’s wife, Michelle[iii]) for the initiative. Carson invites folks – yes, it’s very folksy – to join the group and form a lobbying machine for Obama’s agenda, which is currently working on passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, gun control legislation, and a progressive budget. It links to BarackObama.com, so there’s no question who’s the lead organizer.

Are the Alinskyian community organizing networks involved in Organizing for Action? As it would have been awkward for non-profits to have been directly involved with the Obama reelection campaign, it is not surprising that Organizing for Action, rising from that campaign, is not immediately associated with them. However, there are hints that a marriage has been proposed and is forthcoming.

For instance, Ana Garcia-Ashley, Gamaliels executive director, writes:

“As we came upon Election Day, these relationships [that Gamaliel has forged with ‘electoral organizing allies’] may have saved our democracy. … We now have in place a powerful alliance of relationships that allowed us to navigate undeterred through these threats to our democracy. Now we can take next steps together. We seek to create a just world, built around our faith values. We will work together to repeal the laws that limit our democratic rights, and go even further, working to change the system that created the Great Recession and several concurrent wars. As leaders of the new progressive movement in America, we envision an economy that works for all, and with the fire of our faith we will work together to make that dream a reality.”[iv]

There has also been reportage about the convening of various religious left coalitions recently, specifically around the three issues that Organizing for Action has chosen for its opening salvos.

Gun Control:

Sojourners chief Jim Wallis blamed the National Rifle Association as a primary reason for violence in America, citing phenomenally high gun-murder rates in Chicago (but never mentioning Chicago’s strict gun control).[v] Along with the PICO National Network, it used the occasion of the Newtown shootings to lobby 100 senators with a letter, primarily signed by clergy, urging support for gun-control legislation.[vi]

Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a New York City affiliate of (the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by Saul Alinsky) the premier Alinskyian organizing network, joined with their Chicago affiliate, United Power for Action and Justice, in a campaign “to shut down the most irresponsible gun dealers in its metropolitan area.”[vii]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which is promoted by Faith in Public Life, includes Sojourners, many of the prominent, dissident Catholic groups (NETWORK, Pax Christi, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, etc.), national denominational entities with strong Alinskyian organizing ties, the PICO National Network and Interfaith Worker Justice.

Of course, this is nothing new.

Throughout the years, Interfaith Worker Justice has coordinated vigils, rallies, and “pulpit swaps” for comprehensive immigration reform. The Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation has coordinated “clergy preaching for the pulpit” on the topic. Gamaliel has run National Prayer Vigil Campaigns and a Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign. The White House has held gatherings of “faith leaders,” hoping to craft coordinated messages of “religious” support for its efforts. These groups have been working together for a long time.

Obama’s Budget (not Paul Ryan’s):

Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal for a federal budget based on his understanding of Catholic social principles such as “subsidiarity” and fiscal discipline became a focal point against which the Alinskyian organizing networks and their allies enthusiastically rallied.

The PICO National Network, Interfaith Worker Justice, and others (including NETWORK, Catholics United, Sojourners, and Faith in Public Life) staged “Loaves and Fishes” actions “to highlight the need for moral and political courage in federal budget negotiations.”[viii] NETWORK specifically attacked Ryan’s proposed budget cuts, orchestrating a well-publicized “Nuns on the Bus” tour through nine states.[ix]

In Summary

Clearly, there isn’t a one-to-one correlation here but an observation that fellow travelers, well, travel together. They share the road and the destination, which is important to understand when the Alinskyian organizations protest that they’re “not political.” No, they’re “not political…” just like Obama’s Organizing for Action is “not political.”

Change Agents V1Stephanie Block is a Spero News columnist and author and also edits the New Mexico-based Los Pequenos newspaper. She recently published her four-volume work on Alinskyian political organizing, ‘Change Agents’, available at Amazon.  CLICK HERE to get ‘Change Agents.’

Keep another Obama from

[i] Ken Thomas, “New nonprofit to promote Obama agenda,” The Guardian, 1-18-13. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10618562 : “In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama’s vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president’s second-term agenda.”
[ii] Jon Carson, “Executive Director of Organizing for Action, Outlines Next Steps:”
[iii] “The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYT68Uii1dk
[iv] Ana Garcia-Ashley, “Show Me What Democracy Looks Like,: Huffington Post, 11-7-12.
[v] Mark Tooley, “Religious Left Wants Control of More than Guns,” Front Page Magazine, 1-18-13.
[vi] Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), “Newtown rabbi joins Muslim, Christian clergy in urging gun controls,” 3-12-13. Letter and signatories: http://www.piconetwork.org/tools-resources/document/letter-from-Newtown-with-signers-2013-03-10.pdf
[vii] Alec Harris and The Rev. David Brawley, “Gun control without waiting for Congress Wield the buying power of police departments and the military,” New York Daily News, 2-7-13.
[viii] Faith in Public Life Press Release, “Faith Community to Congress: ‘It Doesn’t Take a Miracle to Make a Moral Budget’,” 3-18-13.
[ix] Allison Kilkenny, “The Resistance Continues as Citizens Fight Budget Cuts,” The Nation, 6-26-12.

Organizing for Action: the Democratic Party’s New Machine (Alinsky/Socialist Community Organization)

President Obama as Barack the Organizer exposes the purely partisan nature of Alinskyian political organizing.  It’s the Chicago Way.

By Stephanie Block

OFA logo 2One of the most frustrating experiences a congregant can face is watching his faith community join an Alinskyian community organization (also referred to as a socialist community organization by “Lay Catholics”.) Sooner or later, he will approach the pastor, complaining that the organization is “just another political” group. The pastor patronizingly retorts that it isn’t.

OFA logoPresident Barack Obama, however, is providing the chastened congregant with new ammunition. The Obama campaign for reelection has morphed into a non-profit entity called Organizing for Action.[i] Jon Carson, who directed Obama’s Office of Public Engagement during the president’s first term and is now executive director of Organizing for Action, has made a YouTube presentation[ii]…  See below:

…(as has the president’s wife, Michelle[iii]) for the initiative. Carson invites folks – yes, it’s very folksy – to join the group and form a lobbying machine for Obama’s agenda, which is currently working on passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, gun control legislation, and a progressive budget. It links to BarackObama.com, so there’s no question who’s the lead organizer.

Are the Alinskyian community organizing networks involved in Organizing for Action? As it would have been awkward for non-profits to have been directly involved with the Obama reelection campaign, it is not surprising that Organizing for Action, rising from that campaign, is not immediately associated with them. However, there are hints that a marriage has been proposed and is forthcoming.

For instance, Ana Garcia-Ashley, Gamaliels executive director, writes:

“As we came upon Election Day, these relationships [that Gamaliel has forged with ‘electoral organizing allies’] may have saved our democracy. … We now have in place a powerful alliance of relationships that allowed us to navigate undeterred through these threats to our democracy. Now we can take next steps together. We seek to create a just world, built around our faith values. We will work together to repeal the laws that limit our democratic rights, and go even further, working to change the system that created the Great Recession and several concurrent wars. As leaders of the new progressive movement in America, we envision an economy that works for all, and with the fire of our faith we will work together to make that dream a reality.”[iv]

There has also been reportage about the convening of various religious left coalitions recently, specifically around the three issues that Organizing for Action has chosen for its opening salvos.

Gun Control:

Sojourners chief Jim Wallis blamed the National Rifle Association as a primary reason for violence in America, citing phenomenally high gun-murder rates in Chicago (but never mentioning Chicago’s strict gun control).[v] Along with the PICO National Network, it used the occasion of the Newtown shootings to lobby 100 senators with a letter, primarily signed by clergy, urging support for gun-control legislation.[vi]

Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a New York City affiliate of (the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by Saul Alinsky) the premier Alinskyian organizing network, joined with their Chicago affiliate, United Power for Action and Justice, in a campaign “to shut down the most irresponsible gun dealers in its metropolitan area.”[vii]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which is promoted by Faith in Public Life, includes Sojourners, many of the prominent, dissident Catholic groups (NETWORK, Pax Christi, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, etc.), national denominational entities with strong Alinskyian organizing ties, the PICO National Network and Interfaith Worker Justice.

Of course, this is nothing new.

Throughout the years, Interfaith Worker Justice has coordinated vigils, rallies, and “pulpit swaps” for comprehensive immigration reform. The Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation has coordinated “clergy preaching for the pulpit” on the topic. Gamaliel has run National Prayer Vigil Campaigns and a Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign. The White House has held gatherings of “faith leaders,” hoping to craft coordinated messages of “religious” support for its efforts. These groups have been working together for a long time.

Obama’s Budget (not Paul Ryan’s):

Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal for a federal budget based on his understanding of Catholic social principles such as “subsidiarity” and fiscal discipline became a focal point against which the Alinskyian organizing networks and their allies enthusiastically rallied.

The PICO National Network, Interfaith Worker Justice, and others (including NETWORK, Catholics United, Sojourners, and Faith in Public Life) staged “Loaves and Fishes” actions “to highlight the need for moral and political courage in federal budget negotiations.”[viii] NETWORK specifically attacked Ryan’s proposed budget cuts, orchestrating a well-publicized “Nuns on the Bus” tour through nine states.[ix]

In Summary

Clearly, there isn’t a one-to-one correlation here but an observation that fellow travelers, well, travel together. They share the road and the destination, which is important to understand when the Alinskyian organizations protest that they’re “not political.” No, they’re “not political…” just like Obama’s Organizing for Action is “not political.”

Change Agents V1Stephanie Block is a Spero News columnist and author and also edits the New Mexico-based Los Pequenos newspaper. She recently published her four-volume work on Alinskyian political organizing, ‘Change Agents’, available at Amazon.  CLICK HERE to get ‘Change Agents.’

[i] Ken Thomas, “New nonprofit to promote Obama agenda,” The Guardian, 1-18-13. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10618562 : “In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama’s vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president’s second-term agenda.”
[ii] Jon Carson, “Executive Director of Organizing for Action, Outlines Next Steps:”
[iii] “The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYT68Uii1dk
[iv] Ana Garcia-Ashley, “Show Me What Democracy Looks Like,: Huffington Post, 11-7-12.
[v] Mark Tooley, “Religious Left Wants Control of More than Guns,” Front Page Magazine, 1-18-13.
[vi] Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), “Newtown rabbi joins Muslim, Christian clergy in urging gun controls,” 3-12-13. Letter and signatories: http://www.piconetwork.org/tools-resources/document/letter-from-Newtown-with-signers-2013-03-10.pdf
[vii] Alec Harris and The Rev. David Brawley, “Gun control without waiting for Congress Wield the buying power of police departments and the military,” New York Daily News, 2-7-13.
[viii] Faith in Public Life Press Release, “Faith Community to Congress: ‘It Doesn’t Take a Miracle to Make a Moral Budget’,” 3-18-13.
[ix] Allison Kilkenny, “The Resistance Continues as Citizens Fight Budget Cuts,” The Nation, 6-26-12.

“Catholics For Obama” Bears False Witness on Human Dignity and the Common Good

President Obama’s “Catholics For Obama” has a comparison called The Choice For Catholics In This Election.  They talk about promoting “Human Dignity” and the “Common Good” through the President’s positions on five issues.  I will explain how Barack Obama uses these Catholic social teaching terms falsely.  Here is “Catholics For Obama’s” introductory paragraph (with my critiques in red):

Human dignity and the common good are values that define the Catholic faith, and they’re at the core of President Obama’s commitment to a thriving middle class and a fair, strong economy. Catholics support President Obama because (He uses Catholic Social Teaching (CST) terminology like “human dignity” and the “common good” to get the trust of Catholics.  Catholics loyal to President Obama use terminology associated with CST in order to manipulate the issues of abortion, war, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, etc. These CST terms are; “Human dignity”, “common good”, “social justice” and “just war.” They will also manipulate the following terms common to Catholics; justice, pro-life, preferential option for the poor, care for the environment, etc. Their use of these terms confuses many Catholics, causing them to vote contrary to their conscience.  See Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats by Michael Sean Winters.) he understands the importance of an active faith in pursuit of the common good. This has been the story of his life, guiding him from his work with Catholic churches (where he worked for a Saul Alinsky-Inspired community organization to inject contradictory propositions into the Church and helped to plant the seed for the anti-Catholic ObamaCare and it’s HHS mandate) on the South Side of Chicago through his career as a public servant. President Obama’s record, character and values make the choice in this election stark and clear. Join Catholics for Obama and learn more about the President’s positions on the issues at http://www.barackobama.com/catholics.

Here are the positions on five issues “Catholics For Obama” says that the President pursues “human dignity” and the “common good” (with my critiques in red on how he violates human dignity and the common good):

  1. Economic Recovery and the Dignity of Work
    1. President Obama believes we need to keep moving
      America forward and has a real, achievable plan to
      create an economy built to last with a strong middle
      class at its core.  (Under President Obama 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for employment.  Catholicism teaches “Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family.”- Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2436 written in context of the Seventh Commandment, “You shall not steal”)
  2. Tax Fairness
    1. President Obama believes our tax system should reflect
      our values, reward hard work and responsibility, and ask everyone to do their fair share. President Obama supports tax reform that reflects the common sense idea that millionaires and billionaires shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than many middle-class families.  (President Obama has made the false claim and implies here that the wealthy pay a lower income tax rate than the middle-class.  He is actually comparing the capital gains rate of a wealthy person to the income tax rate of a middle-class person.  This is a terrible deception and an example of class warfare.  Pope Leo XIII said, “The great mistake made in regard to the matter now under consideration is to take up with the notion that class is naturally hostile to class, and that the wealthy and the working men are intended by nature to live in mutual conflict. So irrational and so false is this view that the direct contrary is the truth.)
  3. Access To Affordable Healthcare
    1. President Obama passed historic health reforms so
      no American will ever go broke just because they get
      sick. Obamacare is also preventing millions of Americans with preexisting conditions from being denied coverage—increasing the security of all families.  (ObamaCare is socialism, which the Catholic Church condemns.  The Church advocates for universal healthcare but, not through government centralized planning.  ObamaCare also gave us the religious freedom crushing HHS mandate that forces Catholic and other institutions to pay for abortions, sterilizations and contraception.)
  4. Auto Rescue
    1. President Obama made the tough call to rescue
      the auto industry when it was on the brink. He saved
      local businesses and more than a million jobs up and
      down the supply chain, sparing countless families
      and communities from financial ruin.  (He closed local businesses known as auto dealerships.  Over 2,200 dealerships were closed by Obama’s “Auto Task Force” and over 120,000 dealership employees lost their jobs.  Even the head of Obama’s “Auto Task Force” admitted that closing the dealerships was unnecessary because the dealerships were not even owned by the automakers.  Many of those family owned dealerships are in financial ruin because of Obama’s decision.)
  5. Supporting Women And Families And Reducing The Number Of Women Seeking Abortions
    1. President Obama has fought to protect critical social
      safety net programs that support women and families
      against cuts advocated by Mitt Romney and the Ryan
      Republican budget.  (He promotes the HHS mandate (see above.)  Reducing abortions through contraception is not Catholic.  He promotes Planned Parenthood’s so-called service of abortion and he makes up services that they don’t provide like mammograms.  He supported born alive abortion.)

    The President promotes Isaiah 5:20, not human dignity or the common good.

    O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

    Peter L. Hodges Sr