Today marks the first day in the Catholic League’s campaign against the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It will continue throughout the fall until such time as the DNC drops its association with an anti-Catholic group, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC). At issue is the DNC’s listing of CFFC on the organizational link page of its website, democrats.org.
On July 31, Catholic League president William Donohue wrote to DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe imploring him to “act quickly and decisively by removing Catholics for a Free Choice from the DNC’s links of interest organizations.” On August 6, Donohue wrote to every Democrat in the House and Senate asking for assistance in this matter. But nothing has changed. Thus, the need for a formal campaign. Donohue explained the content of the campaign today:
“We are asking all Catholics to contact the DNC and make known their outrage over the DNC-CFFC link. Frances Kissling, who heads CFFC, has said that it is her goal to ‘overthrow’ the Catholic Church. She has also lobbied the U.N. to kick the Holy See out of the world organization. No wonder she has twice been denounced as a fraud by the U.S. bishops. And this is the kind of Catholic that the DNC wants to associate with?
“We are posting on our website the phone and fax numbers of the DNC and we are also listing its e-mail address. In addition, I am preparing a media campaign against the DNC for September and October. To be exact, the Catholic League will be taking out ads in several national Catholic newspapers and in prominent Washington publications condemning the DNC for its obstinacy. To think that the DNC would consider anti-Catholics to be representative of its Catholic base is mind-boggling! When columnist Mark Shields first brought this matter to light, we were as astounded as he was. Now the situation has worsened and that is why we are prepared to spend what we need to conduct an effective campaign.”