In the latest revelation of Clinton campaign emails, “Conservative Catholics” are smeared by members of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff. Catholics teachings are slammed as “backwards,” while conservative Catholics are said to be responsible for “an amazing bastardization of the faith.” The smear was found in one of more than 1,000 hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by WikiLeaks.
Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri wrote, for example, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion,” who adds, “Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals.” At the time, Palmieri was president of the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP), who is quoted from an email to CAP senior fellow John Halpin and Podesta in April 2011. The email bore the title: “Conservative Catholicism.”
“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. He described that “many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic,” and adds that Catholic beliefs are “severely backwards” while adding that conservative Catholics are utterly ignorant of "Christian democracy." Halpin says in the email: “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.”
In a reference to 21st Century-Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, Halpin wrote: "Friggin Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus."
In the past, Hillary Clinton has made clear her hostility to religious thought that does not square with her progressivism and pro-abortion stance. Clinton favors actually increasing federal government support of abortion, even though Planned Parenthood already receives approximately $500 million in annual federal subisides. She has said that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs have to be changed," despite Constitutional guarantees. She has asserted that unborn children have no rights and has committed herself repeatedly to nominating justices to the Supreme Court who support her vision on abortion, Second Amendment rights, and other issues.
In yet another revelation, an April 2015 email from Podesta to Palmieri on campaign rhetoric, Podesta wrote: “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.”
Speaker Paul Ryan has called on the Clinton campaign to fire the staffers in question. Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, has since pointed out that she is also a Catholic. On Fox News, analyst Tucker Carlson called the email "infuriating," and added: “Catholicism is backwards in its view of gender relations? Compared to what? I mean, you can think of a couple more religions that are far more retrograde… If, by the way, if the subject were Islam, I mean, the president would have a primetime press conference right now urging all of us to quell our Islamophobia.”
Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway denounced the remarks yesterday and said that demonstrate the campaign’s disdain for Catholics. “For 30 years Hillary Clinton has been openly hostile to practicing Catholics,” she said, citing Clinton’s support of partial birth abortion and the ObamaCare contraception mandate. “Now her staff is caught calling Catholics ‘backwards’ in emails seething with disdain.” She called for Clinton to fire staff who have expressed anti-Catholic sentiments. “Everyone involved should be ashamed. The hostility to religious liberty and disdain for Catholics should not go unpunished,” she said. “We call on Hillary Clinton to apologize and fire the staff involved in this anti-Catholic bigotry.”
Trump commented on the emails to a rally in Florida and that it demonstrates members of Clinton team “viciously attacking Catholics and evangelicals.”
The entire exchange on conservative Catholics is below:
To: JPalmieri@americanprogress.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.