The Washington Post tried to soft-peddle the news:
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey | October 12 at 3:11 PM
The latest batch of documents published by WikiLeaks appears to show Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director joking with a confidant about Catholics and evangelicals in emails sent to John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign.
Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri, who ran communications for the liberal think tank Center for American Progress that Podesta founded, responded to emails from think tank fellow John Halpin who noted a 2011 report in the New Yorker about News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson raising their children Catholic.
“Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the [Supreme Court] and think tanks to the media and social groups,” Halpin wrote in the 2011 email, according to WikiLeaks. “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 responded that she believes Murdoch, Thomson and many other conservatives are Catholic because they think it’s “the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.” “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals,” she wrote. Podesta did not respond in the email thread.
The truth is simple: no matter what they claim to be, the Clintons and the Clinton campaign are not Christian in any way, shape or form. They are political first, and politics comes before any other considerations.
I will put it very bluntly: you cannot be a Christian, and still support abortion! And for the Democrats, for the left, unqualified and unlimited support for abortion is the litmus test, an absolute requirement. And while some of the wishy-washy Protestant denominations have tried to go soft on abortion, the Catholic Church has remained steadfast in its support for life, from conception through natural death.¹
And now you see the media using the Clinton campaign talking points, to try to deflect the story away from what they are, onto blaming others:
The Washington Post reported earlier this yearthat Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, gaining access to an entire database of opposition research.
Podesta, a longtime Clinton family confidant, said Tuesday that he was told by FBI officials that the intrusion into his email is now part of a wider inquiry into potential Russian cyberattacks. He would not confirm the authenticity of emails released in recent days by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks that appear to be from his Gmail account. “I’m a Catholic, I don’t recognize that email that we saw,” he said.
Nonsense: if Mr Podestra actually were Catholic, he would not be supporting the Clintons, he would be wholly opposed to what Mrs Clinton has supported: abortion, same-sex ‘marriage’ and transsexualism. That Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supports pretty much the same things² is irrelevant; Mr Podestra has been a Clinton supporter for many years.
Newt Gingrich, a 2009 convert to Catholicism, said, “Now we know what Hillary meant by deplorables. It was people of faith.”
Clinton mouthpiece Brian Fallon tweeted:
Latest faux controversy out of @Wikileaks hack: Accusing Jen Palmieri, who is Catholic, of being anti-Catholic.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 12, 2016
Jen Palmieri is anti-Catholic, because she is violating many of the most important Catholic teachings. The entire Clinton team is anti-Catholic, because they support policies which would force real Catholics to pay for artificial contraception and abortion.
Fake Catholicism has been a hallmark of Democratic politicians for a long time. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told us many, many times that she’s a devout Catholic, but there’s no greater champion of an unrestricted abortion license in Congress than Mrs Pelosi.
In the 2004 general election in Pennsylvania, I cast one of my few votes for a Democrat, voting for Bob Casey, now a United States Senator, for Pennsylvania state Treasurer. My reason was simple: Mr Casey was (supposedly) pro-life, and I wanted to see some actual pro-life Democrats get into office. It didn’t work: while Senator Casey casts a few (supposedly) pro-life votes, when it comes to actually taking action, such as defunding Planned Parenthood after the exposure of the worst of their abortion business abuses, NARAL can count on his vote for their positions.
I suppose that I should have known better: for politicians, especially Democratic politicians, politics always comes first, politics always trumps faith. You can regard this as an absolute truth: when a Democratic politician tells you that he is Catholic, he is lying to you.
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
¹ – This consistent position also includes opposition to capital punishment.
² – The candidate I support, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, also supports abortion rights. There are no good choices for Catholic voters this year, but at least Governor Johnson opposes forcing people to violate their consciences by having to provide services for such things as same-sex ‘weddings.’