The next ‘deplorables’? Clinton campaign rips ‘backwards’ Catholic beliefs in leaked e-mails

The next ‘deplorables’? Clinton campaign rips ‘backwards’ Catholic beliefs in leaked e-mails

Lisa Bourne

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – “Conservative Catholics” are the latest Americans to be smeared by members of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, leaked emails revealed on Tuesday show.

Catholic beliefs are bashed as “backwards” and conservative Catholics are termed responsible for “an amazing bastardization of the faith” in one of the more than 1,000 hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released Tuesday afternoon by WikiLeaks.

“I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” writes Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri. “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

The exchange between Palmieri, then president of the leftist Center for American Progress (CAP), John Halpin, a senior fellow for CAP, and Podesta, occurred in April 2011 and was entitled “Conservative Catholicism.”

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“They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about,” Halpin wrote Palmieri and Podesta.

Halpin goes on to describe how “many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic,” and refers to Catholic beliefs as “severely backwards” and asserts that conservative Catholics are utterly ignorant of Christian democracy.

“It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” Halpin says in the email. “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”

An April 2015 email from Podesta to Palmieri on campaign rhetoric portraying Clinton as caring about American citizens has Podesta writing, “I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I’m running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion.”

The entire exchange on conservative Catholics is below:

From:jhalpin@americanprogress.org

To: JPalmieri@americanprogress.org, john.podesta@gmail.com

Date: 2011-04-11 21:10

Subject: Re: Conservative Catholicism

Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.

Jennifer Palmieri wrote:

I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.

—– Original Message —–

From: John Halpin

To: John Podesta ; Jennifer Palmieri

Sent: Mon Apr 11 18:55:59 2011

Subject: Conservative Catholicism

Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. 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.

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9 comments on “The next ‘deplorables’? Clinton campaign rips ‘backwards’ Catholic beliefs in leaked e-mails

  1. CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

    Clinton Must Sanction Her Bigoted Chiefs

    October 11, 2016

    Bill Donohue comments on remarks released by WikiLeaks that reveal anti-Catholicism on the part of the Clinton campaign:

    Three persons tied to the Clinton campaign—two of them integrally—have been caught making bigoted comments about Catholics and Catholicism.

    John Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and Jennifer Palmieri is Hillary’s communications director. Their contempt for Catholicism is palpable. Documents have surfaced showing that they ridiculed News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson, for raising their children Catholic.

    Podesta agreed with Palmieri that the two men chose Catholicism over evangelical Protestantism for bogus reasons. Podesta explained, “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.” Palmieri also impugned their integrity, while also slighting evangelicals: “Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

    One of Podesta’s colleagues at the Center for American Progress, John Halpin, was particularly scornful: “Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.” For Halpin, the only legitimate Catholics are liberals. Here is what he said about conservative Catholics. “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.”

    These anti-Catholic remarks are bad enough, but it makes one wonder what else Clinton’s chiefs, and others associated with the campaign, are saying about Catholics and Catholicism. If Trump’s inner circle spoke with derision about transgender persons, the sirens would be sounded by the mainstream media and his operatives would be hung out to dry.

    Hillary Clinton is not responsible for this Catholic bashing, but she has a moral obligation to sanction Podesta and Palmieri immediately.

    • CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

      CLINTON STAFF BIGOTRY MOSTLY IGNORED

      October 12, 2016

      Bill Donohue comments on how the mainstream media are covering the Wikileaks story on anti-Catholicism in the Clinton campaign:

      Most of the media have been delinquent in reporting on the latest Wikileaks story involving Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and Center for American Progress senior fellow John Halpin. In a series of email exchanges, Palmieri and Halpin made patently disparaging remarks about Catholics, and showed disdain for evangelicals as well. They shared their vitriol with Podesta, who did not respond (the source we quoted from yesterday mistakenly attributed a remark by Halpin to Podesta).

      Fox News was the most responsible media outlet reporting on the Catholic bashing: Fox News Website, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, and Fox and Friends all cited the bigotry. CNN’s Anderson Cooper also did a good job.

      CBS, NBC, PBS, and MSNBC all reported on the Podesta Wikileaks story, but failed to mention the anti-Catholic remarks; ABC News didn’t report the story at all, though its affiliates mentioned the controversy without citing the Catholic bashing.

      Among the most prominent newspapers and wire services that ran the story without reporting on the anti-Catholic comments were the following: Associated Press; CNN Wire; Baltimore Sun; Boston Globe; Boston Herald; Hartford Courant; Miami Herald; New York Daily News; New York Post; New York Observer; New York Times; Newsday; San Diego Union Tribune; Spokesman Review; UPI; USA Today; Washington Post; Washington Times. It comes as no surprise that The White House Bulletin also covered up the bigotry.

      I have been doing this job for over 23 years, so it is no mystery why the mainstream media are hyper-sensitive about “micro aggressions,” and other slights, when they are made about many protected groups, yet there is enormous tolerance for intolerance when it is exhibited against Catholics and evangelicals. It’s called bigotry, plain and simple.

      It would be a grave mistake to conclude, however, that an anti-religious impulse explains this phenomenon. No, when it comes to Muslims, the media will bend over backwards to show how sensitive they are to any perceived intolerance.

      • The lamestream liberal media won’t report on it because they agree with it. All of these pathetic Illuminati puppets are wacko anti-Catholics and Malthusian population control freaks. What’s their real peeve? Catholic moral teaching opposes abortion, fornication, and sodomy – the three sacraments of the neo-Gnostic Illuminati cult of secular liberalism. Nothing triggers more hysteria for secular liberals than a Catholic crucifix or mention of Catholic moral teachings. They’re like vampires. A clear sign of demonic infestation, obsession, oppression, and possession, is hysteria at mere mention of the Catholic faith. They have shown their fangs.



        Where is Carl Kolchak when you need him?

  2. “I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it

    Emails don’t always reveal the context. Here would be a clearer rendering:

    “I know she has begun to hate the phrase ‘everyday Americans,” but I think we should use it …”

    She only hates deplorable, Catholic, racist, sexist, homophobic … in other words, everyday Americans!

  3. The fact of the matter is Catholics have within themselves the ability through their vote to defeat the evil Clintons and send them packing but they are, for the most part, Catholics in name only. They have, as the saying goes: “A public position and a personal position” and the hierarchy lets them get away with it. CINOs, RINOs, they’re all of the same stripe.

  4. They’re offended because they don’t understand middlebrow commentary on Catholic social teaching and Thomistic natural law? Poor babies. Do you need a dictionary when you read First Things? Maybe they understand Hillary’s Malthusian agenda and its weird neo-Gnostic gurus from the fever swamps of Bill Gates and George Soros. Or Saul Alinsky and his crypto-Marxism behind Hillary’s fake smiles. This is just a taste of the anti-Catholic bigotry to come if Hillary and her minions are given the keys to the White House.

    Well, sin makes people stupid. So does Frankfurt School dumbing down in socialist schools. They prohibit the teaching of Christian values and Catholic natural law reasoning and then joke about people not understanding the terms of the debate. These anti-Catholic pro-abortionists won’t be laughing in hell. God has exposed their idiocy and bigotry.

  5. Clinton team wanted to manipulate Catholics to support anti-Catholic socialist agenda:

    www.lifezette.com/polizette/wikileaks-podesta-left-wing-activist-plot-catholic-spring/

    WikiLeaks: Podesta and Left-Wing Activist Plot ‘Catholic Spring’

    Longtime Clinton confidante discussed infiltrating the Catholic Church with progressive ideology to foment revolution

    by Edmund Kozak | Updated 12 Oct 2016 at 2:03 PM

    A newly leaked email shows Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman John Podesta and a Left-wing activist casually discussing fomenting “revolution” in the Catholic Church.

    “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,” Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, writes to Podesta in an email titled “opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing.”

    More:

    www.lifezette.com/polizette/wikileaks-podesta-left-wing-activist-plot-catholic-spring/

  6. “The emails were leaked in the third round of releases of Podesta’s emails by WikiLeaks.

    Newman, who is Jewish, admits he does not know much about the Catholic Church and isn’t volunteering personally to subvert Catholic teachings. “Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would ‘plant the seeds of the revolution,’ or who would plant them.”

    In response, Podesta assures Newman
    to rest easy for he and his progressive pals have already created organizations explicitly designed to infiltrate the Catholic Church with progressive ideology, though he cautions that the time may not be right for full revolution — just yet.”

    www.lifezette.com/polizette/wikileaks-podesta-left-wing-activist-plot-catholic-spring/

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