Only 35 percent of the American people think the Democratic
Party is “friendly to religion,” while 54 percent say the Republicans are. When
asked specifically about the Obama administration, 39 percent see it as
“friendly,” and 23 percent see it as “unfriendly.” But in 2009, only 17 percent
said the administration was “unfriendly to religion.”
The big problem for Obama is with Catholics, especially
white Catholics. The percent of Catholics who say the administration is
“unfriendly to religion” has jumped in the past three years from 15 percent to
25 percent. Among white Catholics, the percent who say the administration is
“unfriendly” has gone from 17 percent to 31 percent.
It is not hard to fathom why the Obama administration is
having a hard time with Catholics. After all, it is trying to force its secular
agenda down their throat by making those who work in Catholic non-profit groups
pay for abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance premiums.
Moreover, the administration recently denied funding to a
Catholic social service agency that helps women and children merely because it
is pro-life. Obama has appointed people such as Kathleen Sebelius to his
cabinet, even though she has been at war with the Catholic Church for decades.
He tried to get a big post for a woman who once worked on an ACLU lawsuit
trying to strip the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status. He hosted a forum
for some of the biggest Catholic bashers in the nation when he welcomed the
Secular Coalition for America
in 2010. He has opposed school choice—vouchers for indigent parents to send
their children to a parochial school—while funding the “choice” of aborting
their babies. The list is endless.
Everyone knows that Protestants vote Republican and Jews vote Democrat. It’s Catholics who are up for grabs.