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CatholicVote.org is a conservative, non-profit political advocacy group based in the United States. While the organization acknowledges the authority of the Magisterium, it is independent of the Catholic Church. It had a stated a goal of "electing new pro-life and pro-family candidates to Congress and, of course, electing a pro-life candidate to the Presidency in 2012."
CatholicVote.org is divided into three organizations:
CatholicVote.org Political Action Committee is an affiliated non-partisan political action committee which assists selected candidates in their election campaigns. CatholicVote PAC is the group's connected political action committee; its goal is to "provide qualified candidates with direct financial support while working independently to mobilize voters to elect candidates whom we believe will be faithful stewards of Catholic social teaching and the common good." In 2010, it made campaign contributions to six Republicans and one Democrat.
CatholicVote.org Education Fund is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible program which comprises two units: the CatholicVote.org Education Fund and the CatholicVote.org Legal Action Fund.
The CatholicVote.org domain name was first used by the Catholic Alliance in early 2000. The Catholic Alliance was a grassroots group of Americans who agreed with the platform of the fundamental evangelical Protestant Christian Coalition but wished to widen the Coalition's scope to include Catholics. The Catholic Alliance, formed in 1995, held the website until mid-2002. The next owner of the domain name was Larry Cirignano, founder of Catholic Vote, later called Catholic Citizenship. He used the domain for six years until mid-2008. The Fidelis Center began operating the domain in October 2008, initially redirecting it to CatholicVote.com. The first published articles linked on the site included ones by co-founders Brian Burch and Joshua Mercer. The Fidelis Center subsequently sold the domain to Fidelis, a related, but independent 501(c)4 organization which operates the domain today.
CatholicVote.org is run under the umbrella of the Fidelis Center, a Catholic non-profit group. "Imagine Spot 1" was the first release of the national media campaign "Life: Imagine the Potential" in 2009. In ten days it recorded over 700,000 hits. The commercial centers around the story of President Barack Obama, showing an ultrasound image and saying that despite a hard childhood, the unborn child will grow up to be President of the United States. The advert was rejected by both NBC for airing during the Super Bowl and CNN for airing during coverage of President Obama's first State of the Union Address.
In 2010 CatholicVote.org organized a petition urging the United States Postal Service to move forward with issuing a Mother Teresa commemorative stamp despite opposition by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and similar groups. The petition gained over 146,000 signatures.
On June 25, 2015, one day before same-sex marriage became legal everywhere in the United States, CatholicVote.org uploaded a video onto YouTube called "Not Alone". The video, which shows Catholic people who oppose same-sex marriage, features those Catholic people defending themselves and all others who oppose same-sex marriage, saying that people should not judge those who oppose same-sex marriage. "Not Alone" quickly received a minimum of a million views on YouTube. "Not Alone" received lots of massive backlash due to the video's message. On YouTube, "Not Alone" both received many more dislikes than likes and received a lot of negative comments. Parodies of "Not Alone" appeared very quickly. Many websites condemned "Not Alone" and called the people who are in the video "bigots" or "anti-gay". CatholicVote.org president Brian Burch wrote to his supporters: "Seeing the power of our message, LGBT activists have now mounted a massive campaign to mock, ridicule, and shame us," Burch wrote to his supporters. "They have used every curse word (and more) to attack us personally. They threatened our staff with phone calls. And now some are openly calling for the persecution of Christians."
Although "Not Alone" received lots of massive backlash, it did receive a tiny bit of appreciation. Kemberlee Kaye of Legal Insurrection defended the video. Also, CatholicVote.org president Brian Burch said "literally tens of thousands of people are emailing, saying: 'thank you for speaking up for me. I don't agree with the Supreme Court decision, but I don't hate anyone.' " Burch defended people who oppose same-sex marriage, saying: "Gays deserve dignity and respect, and so do Christians," Burch said. "We as a country are going to have to expand our definition of tolerance and learn to accept that there is nothing hateful about believing in the uniqueness of male-female marriage, as people have for thousands of years." Burch also said:
Where real hatred and bigotry has occurred, it deserves to be condemned. LGBT advocates are right to call out people who behave reprehensibly in defense of marriage. But likewise, and to be consistent, they should condemn those that are intolerant of anyone that disagrees with the same-sex agenda. Andrew Sullivan, one of the founders of the same-sex marriage movement, has warned his friends against becoming a movement that hates its opponents.
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- Homosexuality and Roman Catholicism
- Catholic Church and abortion
- American Life League
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- Conservative Catholics rally against contraception mandate
- Boston Globe op-ed: Faith reduced to caricature
- Chicago Tribune: After Vatican rebuke, nuns celebrated
- CatholicVote About
- CatholicVote.org Endorsements page 7/23/2012[dead link]
- Anti-Abortion Ad Scores with 'American Idol'
- NY Observer: Anti-Rudy Catholics Plan Their Assault
- National Journal: Conservative Catholics' New Advocates
- BeliefNet: New Fidelis Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Marriage Video
- NYT: A Fight Among Catholics Over Which Party Best Reflects Church Teachings
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