Monday, October 20, 2008

George Soros Funds Catholics in Alliance

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has a release out today claiming that billionaire pro-abort George Soros provides major funding to Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, much as he does for Catholics for a Free Choice, excerpt:

“Why is this relevant? Because this same bigot is connected to two apologists for abortion rights, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. In 2006, Soros’ Open Society Institute gave Catholics in Alliance $100,000 (double the amount he gave in 2005), and in the same year Catholics in Alliance listed Catholics United on its 990 (IRS form for non-profits) as an organization with which it has a formal relationship. John Podesta, who runs the Soros-funded organization, Center for American Progress, admits that he works closely with Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United. The Center for American Progress is also the sponsor of Faith and Public Life.

“Why would any Catholic organization take money from a man like George Soros? Because legitimate sources of revenue aren’t available? And why would Soros have any interest in funding Catholic groups? He doesn’t give the Catholic League any money, and if he offered, I would refuse it.

“The reason Soros funds the Catholic Left is the same reason he lavishly funds Catholics for Choice, the pro-abortion group that has twice been condemned as a fraud by Catholic bishops: they all service his agenda, namely, to make support for abortion rights a respectable Catholic position. On October 17, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput accused Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United as doing a ‘disservice’ to the Catholic Church. He’s right. And now we know what really makes them tick.”

The Catholic Key Blog has reported on Catholics in Alliance and Catholics United before, demonstrating their close ties to the DNC, excerpt:

"The Chair of the Board of Directors for Catholics in Alliance is Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley. She served in a number of capacities in the Clinton State Department and is the wife of former Democratic National Committee finance chair, Smith Bagley. Ambassador Bagley has herself given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the DNC, as well as to numerous stridently pro-choice Democratic candidates including, Barack Obama, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Claire McCaskill, Charles Schumer and The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund."

Fellow Catholics in Alliance board member Agnes Williams has given similar sums to the DNC and stridently pro-abortion politicians.

A report on each can be found by plugging in their names at the FEC.

Catholics in Alliance Executive Director Alexia Kelley previously worked for the DNC in an effort to sideline abortion as a Catholic issue on behalf of John Kerry's 2004 campaign.

According to Catholics United website, their director of organizing, James Salt, previously "oversaw the Kansas Democratic Party's faith outreach efforts, including messaging work for Governor Sebelius and development of faith-based messaging resources." That's pretty tough 'messaging,' since Sebelius is the most pro-abort governor in the country. She is so in the tank for abortion, she hosted a party in the governor's mansion for notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller and his staff. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas has publicly asked her not to present herself for Communion.

A supreme irony, or perhaps just a demonstration of the group's true colors, can be found in the candidacy of Tom Perriello for Virginia's 5th district congressional seat.

In the course of a favorable article outlining the efforts of Catholics in Alliance and others to reframe (or sideline) the abortion debate in the 2006 election cycle, Patricia Zapor at Catholic News Service wrote, "Perriello is optimistic about that success meaning the end of the sense that Democratic candidates must support abortion 'rights' to get anywhere within the party."

After co-founding Catholics in Alliance, Perriello went on to co-found Avaaz.org in alliance with Soros-funded MoveOn.org. He's now running as a pro-choice Democrat in an effort to unseat Virginia's Rep. Virgil Goode. In Perriello's own words to the DownWithTyranny blog:

"Confusion ...[about] my position on abortion may stem either from my public association with Catholicism as co-founder of the progressive Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good or from being badly misquoted in a New York Times article following the 2004 election. I firmly believe that abortion should not be criminalized, nor can we allow any action that seeks to coerce women by reducing access to care or making the process less safe."