Over the past decade the Democrat party has been careening towards the radical left, occupied these days by an intolerant cabal of ideological extremists whose main concerns include the unrestricted right to choose an abortion, whether toddlers are being sufficiently affirmed in their “transgender” identity, and how to expunge every person with the slightest conservative leaning from any position of power or prominence. As if we needed any further proof of the Democrat party’s extremism, Joe Biden last week picked for his running mate a woman who recently appeared to suggest that believing Catholics are, by definition, unfit to be judges.
Pushing Catholics out of Government
In one of the most troubling episodes in recent politics, in 2018 Harris grilled a Catholic district judicial nominee in Nebraska on his membership in the Knights of Columbus. In written questions, Harris asked Brian Buescher whether he was aware that the Knights “opposed a women’s right to choose” and “opposed marriage equality” when he joined the group. One of Harris’ Democratic colleagues went even further, asking Buescher whether he would quit the Knights – to which millions of Catholic men belong – “to avoid any appearance of bias.”
Harris’ anti-Catholic bigotry is ironic, given that Biden himself makes a great show of being a “devout” Catholic – a claim that is repeated ad nauseum by the media, who never seem to pause to ask just what the term “devout” could possibly mean in this case. Biden, certainly, was baptised Catholic and does regularly go to church. However, given that he actively opposes Church teaching on innumerable, nonnegotiable moral matters – most notably, the murder of innocent unborn children – this seems a highly questionable use of the term “devout.” It’s rather like calling a professional cattle butcher a “devout” Hindu – something I doubt the media would ever do.
Last year, after receiving some pushback on the abortion issue (including from Harris herself), Biden enthusiastically ditched the last vestiges of anything resembling a “moderate” position on abortion – i.e. his onetime opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion. Not only does Biden now support taxpayer funding of child killing, but he has also expressed support for the idea of codifying Roe v. Wade in federal legislation – an idea that Harris has also supported.
Even More Extreme than Biden
However, by tapping Harris as his VP pick, Biden has made it clear that his administration will not merely be an ally to the abortion industry, but will do everything possible to promote abortion and to hurt the pro-life cause, up to and including using law enforcement to harass and even jail pro-life activists. No doubt, some people will accuse me of being paranoid. However, the notion that a Biden-Harris administration would seek to prosecute pro-lifers using whatever legal loophole they can find is not the fevered imaginings of a paranoid mind. Quite the contrary. It’s simply based upon the assumption that Harris will continue to act as she has acted in the past.
In 2016, the pro-life investigative reporter David Daleiden and his group, the Center for Medical Progress, released a series of videos with evidence that Planned Parenthood and other abortionists were harvesting the body parts of unborn babies and then illegally selling them for a profit. At the time, Harris was serving as the Attorney General of California. In response to the videos, not only did Harris not investigate Planned Parenthood for its illegal activities, but instead she launched an investigation against Daleiden! Harris even ordered officials in her office to raid Daleiden’s house, where they seized copies of the undercover videos. At the time, Harris was running for the U.S. Senate, and had received donations from Planned Parenthood. Earlier this year, Daleiden sued Harris, alleging that she had conspired with Planned Parenthood to violate his civil rights.
No surprise, then, that Planned Parenthood gushed about Biden’s choice of Harris in a statement last week. “Throughout her career, she has been a steadfast champion for reproductive rights and health care,” Planned Parenthood said. “With this selection, Joe Biden has made it clear that he is deeply committed to not only protecting reproductive rights, but also advancing and expanding them.” (emphasis added)
“Advancing and expanding.” Perhaps Planned Parenthood was thinking of Harris’ plan to pass legislation that would require pro-life states to ask permission of the federal government before enforcing new pro-life laws. Or perhaps they were thinking of the California bill she sponsored that required pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to give their clients information about (in other words, to advertise) free or low-cost abortions. (The Supreme Court later struck down that law.)
In a tweet last week, Daleiden called Harris “the greatest threat to First Amendment civil rights our country has ever seen.” He added: “I know because she had my home raided for speaking the truth about her political patrons at Planned Parenthood.”
Stand Up and Be Heard
Of course, abortion is hardly the only moral issue on which Biden and Harris are worlds away from the truths taught by the Catholic Church. Both Biden and Harris, for instance, have officiated at same-sex “weddings.” As California Attorney General, Harris simply refused to do her job and defend the law – Proposition 8 – that banned same-sex “marriage.” Last year, during the Kavanaugh hearings at the Supreme Court, Harris called Obergefell – the activist decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” – “one of the great moments in the history of the Supreme Court.” Name a radical progressive position on just about any issue, and it’s almost certain that Biden and Harris support it.
This Debate Needs Catholic Voices
Harris, Biden, and their allies would like to see conservatives of any stripe pushed to the margins of society. Precisely for this reason we need, more than ever, Catholics, believing Christians, and other people of good will who are willing to forcefully assert their right to live their beliefs, and to defend them in the public square. The battle lines are clearly established. The culture of death is “rewriting” the human story, successfully teaching a new vocabulary and grammar. A false idea of freedom as the capacity to do whatever one wants, rather than to do what is right, is being cemented into the public mind and is being imposed by coercive forces and ideologues. If unchallenged, this new worldview will inevitably undermine all structures of society.
If Catholics fail to enter the public debate, leaving these realities unchallenged, what happens? The upcoming national elections are a vital component in this story. Will this society “vote” for a platform that seeks to further advance nefarious anti-life and anti-family ideologies, or will it have the courage to stand against the extremely progressive political tide, defending truth about the inviolable dignity of human life, natural marriage, family life, human sexuality, and religious freedom?
Kamala Harris appears to believe that a believing Catholic cannot be impartial in political matters, and is therefore disqualified from public office. Of course, no one is “impartial” in these matters. We all approach politics with certain a priori principles. The reason we have the political process, and protections for free speech and religious liberty, is in order to create the conditions in which we can evaluate whose principles are true, and whose principles would better support the common good. In addressing the wider culture and society, Catholicism is a voice that makes genuinely public arguments, deploying a vocabulary of universal moral truths, truths that are rooted in reason. Through this vocabulary it forms the faithful in truth, calling every disciple to bear witness to this truth in their daily lives, households, workplaces, associations, cultural activities, and, yes, also in their political lives.
Biden-Harris Threatens Faith, Family, and Life
Biden and Harris believe that the unborn child is not a person and does not possess the right to life. This is sheer bigotry, unsupported by science or reason. And yet, Harris believes a Catholic man should not become a judge, because he belongs to an organization that defends the right to life of all!
We have every right to vigorously oppose this bigotry, and to enshrine the truth in law. The culture of death is a cancer that if left to its own evil intent will consume not only itself, but us with it. I am very much concerned by what I am seeing and how our families and human life will suffer even more so if we do not defeat the culture of death and expose its nefarious vocabulary and grammar. It will not only be the baby in the womb, the sick and elderly, the poor, and the disabled that are endangered, but every person’s life will be threatened by this insidious disease.
The Biden-Harris ticket should raise grave concern to Catholics, orthodox Christians, and pro-life and family people. Biden’s record alone reeks of hypocrisy and evil. The lack of episcopal leadership and correction over the decades of Biden’s political career have falsely conveyed that he is a Catholic in good standing. This, of course, is a familiar story. By saying nothing or very little, our shepherds have permitted or even appeared to endorse Biden’s version of Catholicism, which has done him – and now us – a great disservice. Harris’ record is even more dangerous. Her positions are – hard to believe – more radical than Biden’s.
As citizens, believing Catholics, and pro-life and pro-family activists, it is crucial that we educate ourselves and others on the details of the positions of the various candidates, recognize the high stakes, and vigorously and unapologetically expose and oppose the extremism of those politicians who oppose the truth on life, family, faith, and freedom.