Catholics Keeping Catholics in the Dark
October 4th, 2008 by Brad OLeary ·Print ··
At a family gathering I was shocked when I learned I had children and grandchildren planning to vote for Barack Obama. Their reasoning was he was handsome, articulate, and “for change.” Yet none of them could tell me what he stood for on any of the issues. I thought the best way to educate them would be to draft a letter, detailing Obama’s stances on the important issues of the day. However, I soon realized that I had a enough material for a book, and so, The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values, was born.
What began as an effort to educate my children and grandchildren has become a popular tool for educating tens of thousands of Americans who will be voting for the first time.
When conducting my research, as a Roman Catholic, I was particularly troubled when I discovered the extreme positions Obama has taken on the issue of abortion.
Obama has stated that the very first thing he’d do as President would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, a federal law that would nullify all of the existing state restrictions on abortion. This bill would codify abortion as a legal right at any stage of pregnancy, eliminate laws like parental notification, and also require that abortions receive taxpayer funding.
As a State Senator in Illinois, Obama almost single-handedly led a fight to deny emergency medical assistance to viable babies who were born alive after botched abortions. These babies were being discarded after birth, literally left to die slow, painful deaths. Obama fought to keep this practice in place. Even the pro-abortion lobby group NARAL wouldn’t join Obama in his fight, perhaps thinking the practice was too barbaric even for them.
Now, as a veteran political consultant, I know politics is a nasty business and I am well acquainted with phenomenon of certain media outlets refusing to run paid advertising on the grounds that they don’t agree with the ad’s message.
However, I never expected to have paid advertising for my book censored by nearly every Catholic diocesan newspaper editor in the country.
The ad in question simply provides public polling information that shows a majority of Catholics are opposed to abortion. The ad also provides Barack Obama’s well-documented stance on various issues pertaining to abortion. The ad, and my book for that matter, do not specifically endorse any candidate, nor do they urge readers to vote for, or against, any candidate.
Despite all of this, only two dioceses out of 194 agreed to run this paid advertisement in their papers.
Though the ad was deemed to be in accordance with Catholic teaching by a Catholic review board that screens such ads prior to submitting them to individual Catholic publications, nearly every diocese rejected the ad for being “too political.”
While my paid advertisement is “too political,” many of these same dioceses had no problem publishing a piece disseminated by the Catholic News Service that praises Obama’s pro-abortion running mate, Senator Joe Biden, as an ally of the Church and its policy interests.
The Catholic News Service, however, did not publish the results of a poll taken by Zogby International that shows that 56 percent of Americans and 54 percent of Catholics think the actions of these editors is censorship. Surprisingly, 63 percent of people who say they “never attend church” also consider it censorship.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops calls abortion an “intrinsic evil” and states: “A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion.”
Why would nearly every Catholic diocesan newspaper editor nationwide reject a non-partisan ad that simply promotes a book and seeks to educate Catholics on an issue of great importance to them? This year, millions of young Catholics will be exercising their right to vote for the first time. Don’t they deserve to be equipped with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision?
Archbishop Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signature, recently stated: “It is simply ridiculous and wrong to try to silence a pastor, accusing him of interfering in politics so that he cannot do good to the soul of a member of his flock.”
What would the 55 Bishops, who have made public statements condemning Obama and Biden’s position on abortion, say about their editors silencing a member of the flock who seeks to do the same?
Brad O’Leary is the author of The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values. To learn more about the book, and Obama’s political positions, go to www.BarackObamaTest.com. Brad O’Leary serves as President of ATI-News, Chairman of the Board of PM Direct and is the former President of the American Association of Political Consultants. From 1993 to 1997, Brad hosted a talk show program on NBC Westwood One that boasted two million listeners a day. He was also a cover story and feature writer for USA Today Weekend Magazine with 100 million weekly readers. O’Leary is also the executive producer or producer of 11 television series and 27 television specials, including award-winning shows on President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. O’Leary is the author of 11 books, including Presidential Follies, Are You a Conservative or a Liberal?, Triangle of Death and now, The Audacity of Deceit.