These three stalwarts of the far-left of the political spectrum, extremely confident of success in the 2010 election set out a plan to smooth the way for the approval of Minnesota laws allowing homosexuals to "marry" and providing for the funding by the state and federal governments for abortions and contraception.
Blind to actual facts, the demonization of the Roman Catholic Church and its opposition to those three objectives was their goal. Without that opposition, it would be smooth sailing for them, they believed.
When Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the other five Catholic bishops of Minnesota, authorized the use of their mailing lists for use by a volunteer donor for the mailing of 400,000 DVDs giving the Church's position on the topic of homosexual "marriage", the unholy cabal's plan was put into effect.
A firestorm of angry comments then erupted on the editorial pages of the state's newspapers, opposed to what writers determined to be a "homophobic" Catholic Church, and a suspiciously high number of whom appended comments to the effect that the donated money should have been used to "feed the poor." It's called using pre-determined "talking points."
The staff of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the DFL, then sent out a series of three over-sized postcards in Senate District 40 where Dan Hall, a member of a non-denominational church, a volunteer police chaplain and an ordained minister was make a strong run against a week DFL incumbent State Senator. The principal theme of which was shown on the first postcard, a photo of a Catholic priest wearing a campaign button saying "Ignore the Poor."
Brian Melendez, soon to be former chairman of the DFL, himself a Harvard Divinity School graduate, and a lawyer adept at using attack ads with false information, saw no problem spreading lies about the Catholic Church.
He could not have been unaware that the Catholic Charities network is the nation’s fourth largest non-profit, according to The NonProfit Times.
In addition, 19,000 Catholic parishes in 195 dioceses, 42,000 priests, 5,000 brothers and 65,000 sisters, working with 70,000,000 Catholics who operate nearly 600 hospitals, 6,000 elementary schools, 1,300 high schools and 231 colleges and universities also provide for the poor.
And then one has to include lay apostolate groups like the Catholic Workers' Movement, founded by Dorothy Day, whose cause for canonization has begun, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, with their nationwide network of outlets providing inexpensive items for those in need, Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis founded by Mary Jo Copeland , Project for Pride in Living in the Twin Cities founded by Joe Selvaggio and other similar Catholic organizations that add to the incredible positive impact of Catholic services to the poor.
Then there are the many thousands of Catholic families like those of Mary Ann Kuharski, mother of 13, six of them adopted, and Dr. Ray Guarendi, father of ten, all adopted, who in addition to raising large families, contribute to life in the U.S. by contributing their time in ministries serving people of all faiths.
That didn't matter to Melendez. He wanted to destroy the Catholic Church as a political power in Minnesota so that the DFL platform planks supporting homosexual marriage and the unlimited to right and financial support for abortion could be passed in the 2011 session of trhe Legislature under Governor Mark Dayton. Whether his law firm will want him back remains to be seen.
The final plank in the Unholy Alliance's attempt to destroy the Catholic Church was perhaps the most editorial subject ever to appear on an election day.
The Star Tribune newspaper's editorial board, confident of the election of Mark Dayton and of the DFL retaining control of both the House and Senate of the Minnesota State Legislature, and of the Democrats to retain control of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Washington, decided to put a nail into the coffin of the Church in order to get additional legislation passed in Washington that is opposed by the Church:
The subject of their election day editorial was "Contraception": promoting the nation's largest baby killer, Planned Parenthood, against the nation's largest private charity, the Roman Catholic Church.
"A common-sense birth control policy: It's the kind of preventive care health reform should encourage"
. . .While Planned Parenthood is campaigning for birth control's inclusion in preventive care, some prominent conservative and pro-life groups are raising objections. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has filed its concerns with the HHS. "Preventive care should be about preventing disease," spokeswoman Deirdre McQuade told the Washington Post. "Fertility is not a disease to be cured, and the government should not treat it as that.
These groups, sadly, are working against the best interests of children and mothers. . . ."Well, the picture in Washington and St. Paul looks markedly different today. But Catholics should not let their guard down. The teachings of Saul Alinsky, the guru of the secular left will keep them going. Catholics and others allied with us should keep going too.
Open Letter to the DFL State Central Committee from the Minnesota Progressive Project