A political group called the Catholic Advocate - founded in 2007 to lobby Congress "on issues of importance to faithful Catholics" such as "supporting pro-life, pro-marriage policies" - announced a nationwide campaign today "calling on people of faith to join together to protect our religious liberties."
Using a clip from President Obama's speech at the University of Notre Dame in 2009, the group says Obama has "failed" to find the "common ground" he promised to seek.
On it's website, the Catholic Advocate provides no information on its leadership or who is funding the group. But at the end of their press release about the supposed erosion of their religious liberties, Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith says: "This isn't just a Catholic issue; it's a religious liberty issue that affects all Americans of faith."
Right. It's the political season and Catholic Advocate provides a Voter Guide. Of course there is no thoughtful discussion about how imposing their Religious Right beliefs trample the religious liberties of Americans of faith who believe differently from them. In his Notre Dame commencement address, President Obama also said this:
This is the generation that must find a path back to prosperity and decide how we respond to a global economy that left millions behind even before this crisis hit - an economy where greed and short-term thinking were too often rewarded at the expense of fairness, and diligence, and an honest day's work.
We must decide how to save God's creation from a changing climate that threatens to destroy it. We must seek peace at a time when there are those who will stop at nothing to do us harm, and when weapons in the hands of a few can destroy the many. And we must find a way to reconcile our ever-shrinking world with its ever-growing diversity - diversity of thought, of culture, and of belief.
In short, we must find a way to live together as one human family.