Mark Shea: "Whores for Edwards Swings into Action"
Mark Shea has posted at his blog a communique that he received from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which is little more than a Democrat front group designed to convince Catholics to vote for Democrats by ignoring the Democrats' dreadful record on life issues (not to mention ignoring the blatant anti-Christian attitudes present among their ranks):
I saw that you've been covering this story; and wanted to give you a different perspective on it than you've seen from some other Catholic groups. While we certainly find some of the writings of those junior staffers repulsive, I think most Catholics have a different take on this. Happy to talk.
For Immediate Release
February 8, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Executive Director Alexia Kelley issued the following statement today in response to the controversy over the John Edwards campaign's hiring of netroots consultants who had made insensitive remarks regarding Catholicism:
"Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good condemns these and all religiously intolerant remarks. We accept Senator Edwards' assurances that he too was offended by comments made by recently-hired staffers and that religious intolerance has no place in his campaign. Catholics comprise more than one quarter of the U.S. public, and neither John Edwards nor any other candidate can afford to take this constituency for granted."
"We hope this unfortunate incident will initiate a deeper conversation on the part of all presidential candidates regarding the broad range of issues and values of primary importance to the Catholic community, including the Iraq War, a concern for the poor, human life and dignity, the availability of health care, and a commitment to the common good."
About Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good engages Catholics, the media, and Americans of all faiths in dialogue about the Catholic social tradition and its core values of justice, human dignity, and the common good. Through communications, grassroots outreach, and strategic coordination, Catholics in Alliance supports Catholic organizations that work to advance the call to faithful citizenship and the common good. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with offices in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. For more information, visit www.thecatholicalliance.org.
"Meanwhile, memorize the name: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is the first organization of Catholics to prostitute their faith completely in this election cycle for the sake of blow-dried ambulance chaser. It profits a man nothing to gain the whole *world* and lose his own soul. But for *Edwards*?"
Note the name I have highlighted in the press release from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Alexia Kelley.
It seems that Kelley has something of a stake in rehabilitating Edwards and his anti-Catholic blogging buddies. You see, Kelley served as a "Director of Religious Outreach" to the Kerry/Edwards campaign in 2004, launching a website called KerrySharesOurValues.org.
I wonder how much of the staff from KerrySharesOurValues.org (besides Kelley) currently works for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good?
Amy Welborn got one, too. I wonder if I should feel offended that CACG didn't see fit to send me one, as well.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
"NOT An Approved Catholic Voter Guide"
Toledo Blade: "Catholic Voting Guide Gives Church Perspective"
Dueling Catholic Voter Guides