If elected, Hillary Clinton has committed – on the record – to changing religious beliefs.
Speaking at a women’s summit in 2015 – right before announcing her bid for the White House, Clinton said “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Now – to be fair – she was speaking about religious beliefs of backward nations that still practice barbaric rituals like female genital mutilation, but lest anyone thinks her disregard for religion stops there, we have the trove of Wikileaks emails that demonstrate how much contempt Clinton has for religious conservatives, Catholics in particular.
In one 2012 email, sent to Clinton lackey John Podesta, another supporter wrote that “there needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church” and proposed the Clinton team “plant the seeds of the revolution” to change Catholic teaching, The New York Post is reporting.
Podesta replies, “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . Likewise Catholics United.”
So members of the Clintons’ inner circle created front groups to foment a “Catholic Spring” — because, as their dear leader had announced, “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
But it doesn’t end there. In another email exchange, Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri and another staffer, John Halpin, ridicule Catholics and evangelicals for their “backward” views.
Halpin ridicules Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch for raising his kids Catholic, declaring “Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.
“It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
Palmieri responds that Catholicism’s “the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
“Excellent point,” Halpin responds, adding that “they can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”
What this tells us is that the “basket of deplorables” that Hillary talks about includes faithful evangelicals and Catholics who dare to believe in the sanctity of human life.
As a practicing Catholic, has the media asked Tim Kaine if he will denounce Hillary’s staff’s deplorable comments about her own faith? Of course not, they’re too busy besieging Donald Trump’s running mate about the candidate’s disgusting comments.
If Clinton is elected, does anyone imagine Clinton and her team will pick justices who respect religious liberty? Not a chance.
Professor Robert George has pointed out that while our Founding Fathers were a mixed lot when it came to religion, they all understood the importance of religious freedom. That’s why, he said, “our Bill of Rights begins with the words ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ ” They knew that religious liberty was essential to “dignity of the person.”
The Clinton campaign e-mails have thus put the stakes of this election in sharp relief not only for Americans of faith but also for all those who care about human dignity. Clinton’s presidency would be a threat to the religious freedom of all Americans.
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