With President Obama's disregard for religious liberty and staunchly anti-life philosophy, the American Catholic vote is up for grabs this election. In a swing state like Ohio, the Catholic vote could mean the difference between a new president or another four years of Obama. It comes as no surprise, then, that Obama supporters are up to some dirty tricks, trying to convince Ohioans that a vote for Barack Obama is the Catholic choice:
In Cleveland, Ohio, the local chapter of Right to Life has issued a formal letter to Bishop Richard Lennon asking him to suspend the Diocese's "Faithful Citizenship" meetings because of their disregard for pro-life issues.
"As a pro-life woman and a Catholic, I am appalled," Cleveland Right to Life President Molly Smith said in a release. "Our Church is under attack by the most liberal, pro-abortion leadership in history. The Cleveland Catholic Diocese is missing a great teaching and unifying opportunity by responding in this manner."
According to Smith's group, "Faithful Citizenship meetings were organized by the Diocese of Cleveland with the goal of aiding Catholics in preparing themselves to vote this November. The forums, led in part by open Obama-supporter Karen Leith, downplay abortion and religious freedom, issues of irreducible importance to Catholic voters."
And don't think it's just Catholics in Ohio who are being targeted. Deal Hudson, president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and an expert on Catholic outreach, says Catholics need to ignore partisanship and follow their hearts:
"Lay Catholics who are committed to life, marriage, and religious liberty are not going to allow a repeat of the 2008 campaign, when the bishops' document 'Faithful Citizenship' was cherry-picked and spun into a garland of blessing for Barack Obama," Hudson says. "The purpose of the new introduction to the document, published this past November, was to discourage this type of irresponsible partisanship that ignores the Church's teaching on fundamental social issues."