On the blog Ten Reasons I learned of the following.
I had posted about "Catholic Democrats" here. This is a group that sets polling over doctrine.
Now something is brewing in Ohio.
First, we look at this story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Archbishop backs Obama protest
By Dan Horn • email@example.com • April 20, 2009
Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk is supporting an Indiana bishop and a growing chorus of critics who oppose the choice of President Barack Obama as the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker.
The flap over Obama’s selection began in March and is gaining momentum among Catholics and their leaders, who argue the president’s support for abortion rights makes him an unacceptable choice for such an honor at one of the nation’s leading Catholic universities.
Pilarczyk and others say it’s inappropriate for the school to give Obama an honorary degree and to allow him to deliver the commencement address because his stance on abortion conflicts with the church’s position.
“No one who has been a supporter of the anti-life mentality should be given honors or a forum,” archbishop spokesman Dan Andriacco said.
He said Pilarczyk supports the efforts of Bishop John D’Arcy, in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who is boycotting Obama’s May 17 address at Notre Dame.
Pilarczyk spoke out on the issue when asked to do so by local organizations, such as Cincinnati Right to Life, and in support of an editorial in The Catholic Telegraph, [Remember the Catholic Telegraph] the archdiocese’s newspaper.
The editorial suggested Notre Dame had forsaken its Catholic identity for the prestige of a presidential visit. "Catholics have an obligation to ‘call out’ our brothers and sisters when their actions are morally questionable," the editorial states.
A conservative Catholic group, The Cardinal Newman Society, has joined the bishops’ opposition to Obama’s selection and is leading the charge to boycott his appearance at Notre Dame.
A web site dedicated to the campaign, www.notredamescandal.com, claims more than 324,000 people have signed a petition opposing Obama’s selection as commencement speaker. The web site includes a cartoon that depicts Notre Dame’s iconic "Touchdown Jesus" weeping as Obama delivers his address.
Those leading the opposition say the selection violates a U.S. bishops’ document that states “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”
On the Enquirer page there is a survey/poll: "Do you agree with Catholic bishops that President Barack Obama’s support for abortion rights makes him an unacceptable choice as commencement speaker at Notre Dame?"
Enter: A group called "Hamilton County Democrats"
They are trying to sway the poll. Click and read the letter on the right.
Very important to note in this letter is the phrase:
It is good to frame the debate that this ND "scandal" is about supporting the Republican platform’s view of life issues.
This is a classic "talking point" being distributed to people active in the Democratic party so that they can confuse and twist the issue away from real issue… the integrity of Catholic identity and teaching at a Catholic school.
They want to politicize these events.
If you are talking to people about Notre Shame or Georgetown, or any number of other scenarios, do not grant their premise – that opposition to pro-abortion politicians or especially Catholic pro-abortion politicians really stems from party politics
UPDATE 1926 GMT
The voting on the poll is going well. You are making a difference. Get out there and Zeep that poll!
Also, we now have an image of the letter to the editor mentioned above thanks to commenter Rich Lombardi.