Kagan, Obama, and Catholics — Part One

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President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan, a 50-year-old former Harvard Law dean, to the Supreme Court.

Pro-life groups are rightly concerned. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, calls Kagan “an ardent abortion supporter,” telling LifeNews.com: “Elena Kagan has strong ties to abortion-advocacy organizations and expressed admiration for activist judges who have worked to advance social policy rather to impartially interpret the law.”

Seconding Yoest is Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Says Dannenfelser: “Kagan has been a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda,” who, among other things, “vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions.” Dannenfelser adds: “If confirmed, Kagan will serve as a rubber stamp for President Obama’s radical pro-abortion agenda.”

Dr. Kevin Roberts of Catholic Families for America calls Kagan “actively hostile … to the unborn.”

From the other side, Terry O’Neill, president of the radical National Organization for Women, says her group “applauds” Kagan’s nomination. No surprise.

Look, here’s the big picture:

Kagan is Obama’s second court pick into a year-and-a-half presidency, the previous being Sonia Sotomayor, another “abortion rights” advocate—and a professing Roman Catholic. Sotomayor, like Kagan, is very young by court standards. Both could live to spend over 30 years on the court—the lifespan of Roe v. Wade itself.

And they are merely two picks by President Obama. Obama will likely next replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With those picks, Obama can ensure three more decades of Roe, which, thus far, has birthed 52 million legal abortions.

Will the next 30-some years of Roe produce another 50 million?

Not necessarily. Join me next week as I consider how America’s Catholics made this tragedy possible, and how we, as Catholics, can try to turn it around.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Appointment of a pro-sodomy, pro-abortion person to the Judiciary occasions a little finger pointing. Everyone needs to accuse now and then, if only as a way of venting frustration and angst at the distressing state of current affairs. Also, to be a bit more high minded, identifying the culprit that brings curses down upon our heads can sometimes be therapeutic if, like Zola’s famous J’accuse in the Dreyfus Affair, a root evil is publically identified.

    And so what was at the root of that dreadful election result in 2008? I say “dreadful” because the White House is occupied now by a man whose leadership is analogous to the oily ooze polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Allow me to lay the blame for the political disaster of 2008 upon the Bush/Cheney leadership of the GOP, and its betrayal of Christian and conservative principles.

    Some erstwhile Republicans abandoned the party in disgust (I left in 2007) after the Administration employed aggressive interrogation techniques to fight their war on terror. Meanwhile they expanded the American Empire in the Middle East with two undeclared wars.

    Not content with adding torture and warmongering to the American repertoire, the GOP leadership engaged in massive deficit spending, and precipitated the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. In addition, Christian virtues like simple honesty in financial dealings took a hit under the leadership of Bush/Cheney as corrupt capitalist cronyism became the order of the day, eventually leading the financial sector into partial collapse.

    But, my oh my, didn’t the President and his V-P show such angelic faces during Pope Benedict’s visit? I submit that leaders who pose piously in prayer to God above, even as they torture, lie and steal here below, are guilty of official villainy!

    And so, George and Dick: I hope you and your rank-and-file Republicans apologists are satisfied with the bitter fruit that your spiritual hypocrisy and political folly has yielded.

  • consecrata

    How dare you speak of hypocrisy? Who are you to judge? I have heard from those close to the late Pope John Paul that he had a deep affection for George Bush even though they disagreed about the war. And when Pope Benedict came here, President Bush was not feigning a complete and absolute reverence and affection for the Pope…cast out the evil within yourself before assigning to others what is perhaps your own malignity…crux sacra…

  • john2

    Robert Struble,

    I submit that the first clause of your opening sentence is relevant to Dr. Kengor’s topic. Great start!

    Other than that, your case is weak and cliched (the ‘all of us good people stayed home’ meme is worn out). It has remarkably little relationship to the article. Having said that, I don’t want to drill you for this one.

    Let’s look forward to Dr. Kengor’s Part Two.

  • c-kingsley

    I hope my senators can spare the hour or two to read everything the brilliant Professor Kagan has published. That’s about all it will take to read her 7 articles and 2 book reviews.

    No judicial experience. Insignificant writing. Let’s put an unknown, inexperienced nobody in power in our government. What could go wrong?

  • Bush wasn’t perfect, but I liked and trusted him (even though there were, inexplicably, no weapons of mass destruction). I disagreed with the Iraq war but I went along with it because Bush was my President. President Bush is a man of real faith, character, and prayer. Give me those qualities any day over the self-serving, narcissistic lunatic we have in office now. I will be happy to cast my vote for Republicans in the future.

  • LarryW2LJ

    Mr. Struble,

    Horse hockey! What a feeble excuse! I was not in favor of the war or torture either; but in my opinion, it’s a stretch to blame Bush/Cheney for Obama winning. More like an uninformed electorate who would rather read People magazine than a newspaper. More like an electorate who would rather sleep in on Sunday that go to Church. More like a misguided electorate who fell for the pap and “celebrity status” that the candidate provided. And. lest I say this and be called a racist, more like an electorate who wanted to assuage their so called “white guilt”. Sorry – I call them as I see them.

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  • consecrata

    As for Kagan…a well known pro-life speaker said that Kagan is bad but the other one – I think her name is Woods – is worse…we can’t expect a pro life choice from the most radical anti-life president in history…but we can pray…there’s always possibility of conversion…look at our ‘Catholic’ politicians who continue to rabidly support and advocate for abortion: Pelosi, Sebelius, Biden, Kerry, Daschle, Dodd, Kenndy…etc…and yet they are permitted to receive the Eucharist like all faithful Catholics…this is the biggest scandal and shame…

  • john2


    Ditto, prayer for conversion is needed here. If these people are as portrayed (I can’t know their hearts through the media), then they aren’t receiving communion. More likely these unfortunates are receiving damnation.

    This requires prayer.