Skip to comments.OBAMA TO CATHOLICS: NO VOUCHERS
Posted on 07/18/2008 3:32:37 PM PDT by kellynla
When he was a state senator in Illinois in June 2002, Barack Obama was explicitly asked by Chicago media personality Jeff Berkowitz whether he supports school vouchers. I would support anything that is going to be better for the children of Illinois, he said. He emphatically added that I am not closed minded on the issue.
In February 2008, Obama spoke to reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the issue. Still keeping an open mind, he said, If there was any argument for vouchers, it was Lets see if the experiment works. And if it does, whatever my preconception, you do whats best for kids.
However, last Saturday Obama told the American Federation of Teachers that he was opposed to vouchers. When his campaign was asked about his new position, it released a statement saying, Senator Obama has always been a critic of vouchers.
Commenting today is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:
Guess Obama couldnt resist pandering to the teachers union. Its so easy to tell the media that keeping an open mind on school vouchers is the best way to go. But when cash countsand the American Federation of Teachers has plenty of itwho cares about principle? Fact is, no amount of empirical evidence was ever going to change his mind.
Obama now joins a long list of African American elites who wouldnt dare send their kids to an urban public school, but who works hard at every turn to deny poor black parents the same options he and his wife are so lucky to have. We hope that Catholics, as well as African Americans, get the message.
Well, Obamam, there goes any lib Catholic votes.
Pastor Wright was right, Obama is just a politician.
That would be nice ... but no way. Socialism comes first for that set of voters.
Of course, he's also saying "No Vouchers" to Baptists, Presbyterians, Buddhists, Mormons, Moslems, Zoroastrians, Peyote Church, atheists, and fill-in-your-belief-or-lack-thereof. That's the only way to get the NEA $$$$$$, and he knows it.
Obama's chickens...are coming home...to roost!
Well, Obamam, there goes any lib Catholic votes.Don't count on it.
Where DO Obama’s girls go to school?
With vouchers come requirements. Catholics don’t want those nutballs messing with their curriculum.
I agree the Catholic Democrats will mostly fall in line. I don’t know why, maybe tradition, maybe due to long standing relationships or possibly force of habit.
Yep, same with you protestants
In the past, Obama has reportedly gone on the record in support of merit pay for teachers, something the NEA has always fought. It would be interesting to know his currrent position on this issue.
Perhaps Obama should consider appointing some actual practicing Catholics to his Catholic outreach network.
Anyone else love the South Park episode bashing “The Da Vinci Code” where Bill Donohoe becomes Pope?
Well, lets correct Rev. Wright, he was partially correct when he called Obamanation a politician. Obie far exceeds any low a politician can achieve, Obama is a Whore, maybe a little expensive, but still a whore.
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It's not rocket science...
Again, lets not confuse “practicing” Catholics with CINO’s.
Just like the Jewish, just because someone claims to be Jewish doesn't necessarily mean that that person is a “practicing” Jew. And the same applies to all religions.
“Where DO Obamas girls go to school?”
the Chicago Tribune sums up:
“My kids have gone to the University of Chicago Lab School, a private school, because I taught there,” Obama responded. “It was five minutes from our house. So it was the best option for our kids.”
You can’t be a democrat and a real Catholic. You can not provide a party that supports infanticide your vote and be a real Catholic. It’s just that simple.
I may be in the minority here, but if the Catholic schools can't survive on their own, they nevertheless should not become wards of the state through "vouchers."
Charter schools, single sex education, and a focus on discipline and learning basic skills are what is needed in most public schools. Of course, your average idiot will tell you that THEIR public schools are great, although test scores will say otherwise.
Ideally, public schools, ie WELFARE schools, would be abolished for all but the very poor, but this is never going to happen.
Catholics to Obama: “You don’t get our vote!”
Millions of Catholic Democrats claim exactly the opposite. They would say as Catholics they oppose abortion but support a women’s “right to choose” or other words to that effect.
Being a “cradle Catholic” who attended Catholic schools for fourteen years, I know we didn’t receive any funds from the government and DID NOT WANT ANY FUNDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT for obvious reasons.
So I don’t know exactly where Bill Donohue & the Catholic League is coming from on this issue.
Catholic schools have operated since their inception without government funding.
“With vouchers come requirements. Catholics dont want those nutballs messing with their curriculum”
BINGO! WE HAVE A WINNER!
“Perhaps Obama should consider appointing some actual practicing Catholics to his Catholic outreach network?”
Why would any practicing Catholic support much less work for a pro-abortion politician?
“Millions of Catholic Democrats claim exactly the opposite. They would say as Catholics they oppose abortion but support a womens right to choose or other words to that effect.”
They can “say” what they like BUT to support and/or vote for a pro-abortion politician is AGAINST our religious belief. Abortion is genocide.
Point, Game, Set, Match!
Liberal Catholics are already sending their kids to public school, so why should they care about vouchers? I doubt that Obama lost any CINO votes because of this.
Yea, well Obama changes his “position” on “issues” like I change my socks!
McCain has to be the luckiest candidate for POTUS since Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter! LOL
Heck, my cat could beat Obama on 11/4!
You underestimate the ignorance of 95% of the American public.
Now bear in mind, I said “levelheaded American” which automatically eliminates all the Lefties and anyone who depends on government assistance for their livelihood.
But that won't be enough to get him elected.
Beat me to it, G Larry, thanks for posting, so I can just cut and paste!
Unfortunately, living here in Michigan under our CINO Gov. Grandmole, I suspect that a great many Catholics do vote Dem, no matter what.
To me it’s the same as the Jews voting by far and away for liberal Dems who would sell out Isreal and not blink twice!
Their FOS and I repeat they are not real Catholics if they do not support the sanctity of life.
ol’ Obama... sniffing for cash, endorsements, votes... flip flopping Marxist thug he be.
Vouchers are, at best, a half-measure. More likely, they would be a mechanism to destroy private schools and homeschooling. When the government wants to destroy something*, they set up a government-run version, in order to undersell the private version and drive it out of business. What remains, they subsidize, in order to “encourage diversity” or “maximize choices.” Then they regulate it into the dirt. Then they shut it down or take it over.
This is what was done over a century ago with “education.” Actually, it would be more accurate to say that this is what was done with children’s lives, freedom, and relationship with their parents.
After the communization of “education” in America, communizing the rest of human activity is pretty much a mopping-up operation.
* E.g., schooling, mortgages, old-age pensions, Catholic Charities and other religiously-based charity, medical care, etc., etc.
Liberal Catholics don’t give a flying leap at a doughnut for Catholic schools. Liberal Catholics will vote for Obama BECAUSE he is pro-abortion, while parroting the line that “I’m voting for Obama DESPITE his position on abortion.”
Another black minister makes a bold prediction concerning Obama:
And Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.
Kindergarten tuition in about $15,000/yr there.
With vouchers come requirements. Catholics dont want those nutballs messing with their curriculum.What does that have to do with Catholics voting for Obama? He's not going to allow to give anyone vouchers anyway.
WHERE IS DOUG KMIEC??
Lets pray and hope you are right. We can’t underestimate the work that is ahead of us...whether one likes McCain or not.
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And if they do so, they are basically excommunicating themselves!
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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent
Yet, far too many bishops and priests give the sacrament of Holy Communion and other sacraments to Catholics who openly write and speak in support of abortion and to politicians who openly **vote** pro-aborition.
What's up with these priests and bishops? Why does the Pope let them get away with this?
Socialism comes first for that set of voters.
Far too many Christians ( Catholic and Protestant) and Jews believe more in the gospel of Karl Marx than they do in the do in Salvation through Jesus Christ.