Democrat Joe Biden has built his half-century in politics largely on the myth that he is a faithful Catholic with working class roots. In reality Biden is neither a faithful Catholic, nor a
friend of America’s blue-collar citizens.
Indeed, two of Joe Biden’s principle campaign positions are that taxpaying Catholics must be forced to be complicit in the sin of abortion by repealing the Hyde Amendment prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion and taxpaying Catholics must likewise be forced to be complicit in the sin of transgenderism by being forced to subsidize taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery.
Joe Biden’s advocacy of abortion, same-sex “marriage” and transgenderism put him in direct conflict, not with some ephemeral policies of church administration, but with the fundamental precepts of Catholicism that make a Catholic a Catholic. As Cardinal Burke said, Joe Biden is “not in communion with Christ,” or his church.
And because Joe Biden rejects the fundamental precepts of Catholicism that make a Catholic a Catholic, Democrats have embraced him as their candidate for president.
We contrast the treatment Biden gets from the anti-Catholic Left and their media allies with the treatment former Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett received when she was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
During Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings, her family's membership in People of Praise was the subject of a dark New York Times article, which described the organization as a "small, tightly knit Christian group."
And California’s Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein went directly after Barrett’s Catholic faith during her confirmation hearing. Feinstein charged that Barrett has “a long history of believing [her] religious beliefs should prevail,” and added “when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Liberals have since tried to explain away Feinstein’s odd phrasing, which had the quality of a nativist, anti-Papist tract from a century ago observed James S. Robbins in an op-ed for USAToday.
These days, said Robbins, liberals have taken to portraying people in public life who exhibit almost any kind of faith orientation as dangerous extremists. In a discussion of the high court when Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah maintained that “there are people who want to impose Christian Sharia law in this country.”
It was an ironic comment, observed Robbins, since progressives would be thrilled to support a Muslim court nominee whose jurisprudence was informed by actual Sharia. And the Daily Beast told us breathlessly that President Trump is “carrying out the agenda of a small, secretive network of extremely conservative Catholic activists” who supposedly control the nomination process, supported by a network of dark-money fundraisers.
That the Daily Beast, a Washington Post property, would promote that kind of Anti-Catholic bigotry shows you how close to the surface of the Left such attitudes are and the nomination to the Supreme Court of practicing Catholic Judge Brett Kavanaugh simply brought them back out in the open.
Catholics are the largest bloc of swing voters in America. Historically, Catholics have been marginal Democrats, swinging to the GOP for Ronald Reagan and other candidates who have wooed them on the cultural issues, so the 11-point swing in the Catholic vote from Romney in 2012 to Trump in 2016 was arguably the margin in the top four battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.
In the top four 2016 battleground states Trump won Wisconsin (where 31 percent identify as Catholic) by 22,177 votes. In Pennsylvania (where 27.4 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 67,416 votes. In Florida (where 26 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 134,000 votes and in Michigan (where 23 percent identify as Catholic) Trump won by 10,704 votes.
We don’t know if President Trump is going to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, we hope he does, even though we question whether having that nomination fight prior to the election is a good idea.
But if President Trump does decide to proceed with the nomination, two months of Democrats bashing Judge Amy Coney Barrett for living her life according to the tenets of her Catholic faith would provide a stark contrast between the public life of a faithful Catholic and that of nominal Catholic Joe Biden. It would show what Joe Biden’s party really thinks of Catholics and solidify Democrats as the Anti-Catholic Party in the eyes of millions of Catholic voters, potentially moving them permanently into the GOP in the same way that Southern Evangelical Protestants moved from Democrat to Republican in the 1970s and 80s.
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