Democratic Party Outreach: Faithful Catholics Need Not Apply

In the wake of President Trump’s election, the Democratic Party that nominated the first Roman Catholic for president, Al Smith, and elected the only Roman Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, has been trying to divine how best to restore its appeal to “blue collar” voters—a vast swath of whom are culturally conservative Catholics.

Yes, that’s correct. For many reasons, including union affiliation and family tradition, many culturally conservative Catholics still consider themselves Democrats. In the 1980s, these voters were called “Reagan Democrats” because, while they loved the Gipper, their love for him did not extend to his political party, which never captured their affections in quite the way he did. We saw this with Bill Clinton’s election in 1992, as many of those traditional Democratic voters returned to their party of origin, believing Clinton was a “moderate.” Hillary Clinton, of course, has never matched her spouse’s appeal to these voters.  In the Midwest especially, blue-collar, culturally conservative Catholics voted for Donald Trump because they were fed up with Washington’s “swamp”—notably the elite’s contempt for traditional morality and for those who, however imperfectly, attempt to stand by it. Most people dislike the coercive imposition of elitist secular dogma as the nation’s “civil religion.”

At the moment, notwithstanding the “Russiagate” fable and their incessant attacks upon President Trump, the Democratic Party’s efforts to entice these culturally conservative Catholics back into the fold has met one all-important obstacle: the Democratic Party.

Driven and riven by the hateful Left, it is at once revealing and ironic that the Democratic Party would unwittingly expose its loathing of faithful Catholic voters by applying an unconstitutional religious test to law professor Amy Barrett during her confirmation hearing for a seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It stretches credulity to expect that Catholics would not notice this was an infringement of Barrett’s First Amendment rights. You don’t exactly need a law degree to figure that out.

Feeling “very uncomfortable” with Barrett’s past exercise of her constitutional right to the free exercise of religion—i.e., being a faithful Catholic—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) patronizingly impugned the nominee: “You know, dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.”

Gee, what issue would that be, senator? Never mind pointing out to Feinstein that “large numbers of people have fought for years in this country” to protect the sanctity of life. But in the Left’s secular civil religion, only those who toe the line of legally allowing unborn children to be butchered on demand are worthy of consideration and confirmation to the federal bench. In sum, faithful Catholics need not apply.

Sounding as if he were Joe McCarthy and Torquemada’s love child, Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) inquisitorial line was blunt: “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Hey, Dick, why didn’t you follow that one up with “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” This is particularly rich coming from a person who, while a U.S. representative, was pro-life but converted to the pro-abortion position just before he ran for senate. Say what you will about Durbin, but he sure leveraged a better return on his divestment from “orthodox” Catholicism than 30 pieces of silver.

It is all too easy and painful to note there would be an apocalyptic outcry if one took these senators’ bigoted statements and substituted a religion other than “Catholic.” But the hateful Left has long targeted Catholicism for extermination—save those who forsake its infallible doctrine on the sanctity of life. Put simply, embracing Catholic apostates while excommunicating faithful Catholics from the ranks of “civil” society, the Left is attempting to redefine a “good” Catholic as Nancy Pelosi, not Paul Ryan.

Truth is, dogma is not exclusive to religion. The hateful Left and their U.S. Senate inquisitors view politics as life; faithful Catholics see politics as part of life. It’s an age-old conflict. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the patron saints of Leftism, wanted a “civil religion” that must be believed above all others. In consequence, the hateful Left schemes to foist their civil religion upon Americans by fiat, fear, and force. Resisters—such as faithful Catholics—would, according to Rousseau, be “forced to be free.”

Fortunately, in Caesar’s realm, there remains (for now) one place where the Democratic Party’s outreach to faithful Catholics cannot extend and where faithful Catholics cannot be forced to do anything: the voting booth.

Given these recent revelations, let us hope that in a moment of blessed reciprocity, blue-collar, culturally conservative Catholic voters will freely, fearlessly, and loudly speak this dogma: “Democrats need not apply.”

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

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12 responses to “Democratic Party Outreach: Faithful Catholics Need Not Apply”

  1. Too bad the organization formed in response to the furor surrounding Smith’s nomination, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, has since become a “community justice” organization.

  2. Separate from theory and faith is a simple, worldly test:
    Are you now or have you ever been a Catholic?
    Are you now or have you ever been a Jew?
    Are you now or have you ever been a Muslim?

    In Feinstein’s muddled world, only one question is permissible.
    Because she says so.

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  3. I expect nothing less than hatred for God from the party of “Spirit Dinners”.

  4. Well, after giving us both our first fake Catholic president and our first fake black president–2 of them, actually–is it any surprise? I mean, anybody who’s been paying attention for the last 60 years knows that Dems promote fake versions of the people they hate the most: Christians and blacks.

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  5. During the hearing, Professor Barrett made it abundantly clear that she could separate her personal religious beliefs, some of which she’d addressed in various articles over the years, from her ethical and legal obligations as a judge. She promised, under oath, to do so if the issue ever came up in case under her consideration. In my view, her position was intelligent, well reasoned, and compelling in it’s sincerity.

    In other words, though she might personally disagree with a policy, she would follow the established precedent wherever it might lead. In this way, she saw no impediment to keeping the oath of office that she would take if confirmed.

    Finestein and Durbin, on the other hand, demonstrated that they have absolutely no respect for their oath of office as Senators. Through their questions and comments, it is patently obvious that they see the Professor’s catholic faith as an impediment to confirmation. In this, they violate their oath to support the Constitution, since the Constitution expressly forbids the imposition of a religious test as a qualifier for public office.

    This behavior, especially in Durbin (who is apparently a ‘cafeteria’ catholic) goes far beyond mere hypocrisy. It reflects the secular dogma in the Democrat Party that has become a virulent cancer on our society. The cancer has obviously metastasized, as demonstrated by the pathology of Fienstein’s and Durbin’s inquiry.

  6. Even our author confuses dogma with Doctrine.

    Dogma is settled; it is no longer open to question. Doctrine, by its very nature, is given as a human interpretation of Scripture. But being cast by humans, it is eternally subject to question. Dogma is not subject to question. Thus, Leftism is not a secular religion: because of its dogma, because it does not allow itself to be questioned, it is a secular tyranny. It is not a religion.

  7. At a religious retreat last fall, I was talking with a young black man during a break. He brought up the election and said every Catholic had a duty to vote for Donald Trump. While there was no way I was going to vote for Hillary, I still had my doubts about Trump. His arguments helped me to make up my mind. If the Democrats are driving away young black people, they’re in REAL trouble.

  8. All the faithful members and clergy from The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster should be charter apostles.

  9. God, Feinstein is so EVIL, so bitter, part of the nation-wrecking crew, the SWAMP that needs to be DRAINED, just look at her eyes !!
    Isn’t it time ? Isn’t it time to wipe it all clean and start fresh ? All of HELL’S Zionists GONE FOR GOOD ?
    America returned to a healthy state again ?
    Please DIE, Feinstein, move aside. The sight of you makes us all PUKE.

  10. FTA: The hateful Left and their U.S. Senate inquisitors view politics as life; faithful Catholics see politics as part of life. It’s an age-old conflict. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the patron saints of Leftism, wanted a “civil religion” that must be believed above all others. In consequence, the hateful Left schemes to foist their civil religion upon Americans by fiat, fear, and force. Resisters—such as faithful Catholics—would, according to Rousseau, be “forced to be free.”

    My irreligious liberal sisters talk about politics ALL the time. I think a lot about politics, but I talk mostly with friends about my Christian faith because that is much more important and interesting to me and my friends than politics. My sisters have nothing higher. Politics, putting their egotistical selves in charge of other people’s lives, is their goal and god. It’s sad.