Obama Renominates Anti-Catholic Lawyer

Catholic League president Bill Donohue calls attention to the decision of President Obama to renominate Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel:

Most of the critics of Dawn Johnsen focus on her strong pro-abortion record. While that is disturbing, a pro-abortion president can be expected to staff his administration with such persons, and no one doubts President Obama’s position on this subject. But it is an entirely different matter when a president selects bigots to work for him.

Dawn Johnsen is not someone who simply takes issue with the Catholic Church’s pro-life position: she wants to punish the Church. In the late 1980s, she joined a cadre of anti-Catholics to strip the Catholic Church of its tax exempt status. The charge? The Church was guilty of violating IRS strictures because it took a strong pro-life position. The lawsuit failed.

The person who led this assault was Lawrence Lader, co-founder of NARAL with Dr. Bernard Nathanson. (Nathanson later dropped his pro-abortion position, became a strong pro-life advocate and converted to Catholicism.) At the time the two men founded NARAL, Lader, according to Nathanson, liked to refer to the Catholic Church as “our favorite whipping boy,” maintaining that his goal was to “bring the Catholic hierarchy out where we can fight them. That’s the real enemy.” (Italics in the original.) That was in the late 1960s. Twenty years later, Lader published a vicious book assailing the Catholic Church, and it was at this time that he launched his bid—assisted by Johnsen—to break the Church.

This is who Dawn Johnsen is. She is a person who is so fueled with hatred of the Catholic Church that she would like to destroy it. Having failed to secure her appointment last year, Obama has decided that he just can’t proceed without her. How telling.

Johnsen is not the first anti-Catholic chosen by Obama, but she is by far the most extreme and the most dangerous.

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  • richtx

    When you have a church that is so focused on the single issue policy of abortion, choosing in many instances to ignore the myriad array of cradle to grave issues so prevalent in the teachings of Jesus Christ you get misguided partisan support of the Republican party. When this support becomes so blatantly visible an institutional church is no longer an objective disciple of the Lords word.

    The policies of the Republican party to promote big business in every manner, their support of tax cuts cutting vital social programs to the needy, the promotion of tax funding to promote war efforts, their stance against healthcare reform, the minimum wage, etc. make this party as anti-Christ as any “pro-choice” supporter could ever be.

    When churches promote partisan political ideology they should be taxed as they are no longer acting in the capacity of a church.

    As far as this author calling Ms. Johnsen a “bigot” simply because her views are perceived anti-Catholic is nothing but name calling and partisan politics on the part of the Catholic Exchange. Ironically, this only supports her position that the Catholic Church should be taxed.

  • LarryW2LJ

    “This is who Dawn Johnsen is. She is a person who is so fueled with hatred of the Catholic Church that she would like to destroy it.”

    It is right and good for the Cstholic League and all Catholics to be wary of this nomination. She can make life very much harder for all of us who believe in the “Truth” and the Culture of Life.

    However, I am reminded of a famous title and will paraphrase it here:

    “Dawn Johnson’s arms are too short to box with God”. Ultimately, we have our Saviour’s promise that she (and Obama) will not prevail.

  • LarryW2LJ

    “When you have a church that is so focused on the single issue policy of abortion, choosing in many instances to ignore the myriad array of cradle to grave issues so prevalent in the teachings of Jesus Christ you get misguided partisan support of the Republican party.”

    Whoa! Examples, please?

    This comment is so ridiculous as to be absurd. Sounds more like a Democrat party talking point than a reasonable argument. Where is the Catholic Church NOT active in “Cradle to Grave” issues? From my viewpoint, it seems the Catholic Healthcare system in America is coming under attack by secular America, while it should be receiving support for all the good it does.

    The Catholic system for providing adoption services will probably also be minimized by secular insistence of providing adoption services to non-traditional families – something the Church will not do.

    Have you heard of, for example, Catholic Relief Services and all the good being done throughout the world, let alone the United States, by Catholic religious orders and lay organizations?

    I think you need to do a bit more research – try other sources that the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post.

  • elkabrikir

    Points to consider:

    1.) Revulsion of abortion is not a single party issue. Bob Casey, Sr was a prominent Democrat who opposed it strongly. The Democrat party wouldn’t let him speak at the Nat’l Convention several elections ago.

    2.) Revulsion of abortion is not a single religion’s issue. Islam, Judaism, and Christianity all teach against it.

    3.) Revulsion of abortion is not simply a religious issue. It is a civil rights issue as was slavery.

    The US Constitution required the 14th Ammendment in order to grant enslaved people the rights demanded by their humanity. Abolitionists, who were primarily Christians and Quakers, worked tirelessly and fearlessly for an end to legalized institutional slavery because all people have dignity. Enslaved Africans had human dignity before the Emancipation Proclamation. However, their dignity was not realized until the hard fought passage of the 14th Ammendment.

    The preborn have dignity as members of the human race. Eventually that fact will be codified and the Declaration of Independence will apply to preborn Americans. As members of a free society we have the right and obligation to fight for the dignity of all persons, especially the weakest, the most vulnerable and their mothers.

    The First Ammendment guarantees a separation between church and state specifically to protect a church’s right to freely worship, evangelize, and teach on matters faith and morals.


    In light of European state persecution of churches, our Founding Fathers required the First Ammendment in order for the Constitution to be ratified. Protecting churches from the encroachment and punitive action of politicians like Mr Obama and his henchmen. eg Dawn Johnsen was essential to the gestation of the country. Without it, the United States of America would have been aborted.

    Point #4. As with all issues, follow the money trail. The abortion industry, with its killing machines and crematoriums, stands to lose billions if the Constitution pulls its plug. Politicians stand to lose money and a power base once the preborn gain full legal status. Big Business and “business as usual” stand to lose big!

    As a person who supports full Constitutional protection of the preborn, a right the Constitution upheld for almost 200 years, and a right which preceded the ratification of the Constitution by hundreds of years, I have never gained financially, nor do I expect to ever earn a dime in working for justice for the preborn.

    Here follows an excerpt of President Coolidge’s remarks on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The complete text, which is worth reading, can be found at


    He has the final word of my post. Let his words live on.

    We are too prone to overlook another conclusion. Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. This is both historically and logically true. Of course the government can help to sustain ideals and can create institutions through which they can be the better observed, but their source by their very nature is in the people. The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.
    About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
    In the development of its institutions America can fairly claim that it has remained true to the principles which were declared 150 years ago. In all the essentials we have achieved an equality which was never possessed by any other people. Even in the less important matter of material possessions we have secured a wider and wider distribution of wealth. The rights of the individual are held sacred and protected by constitutional guaranties, which even the Government itself is bound not to violate. If there is any one thing among us that is established beyond question, it is self-government — the right of the people to rule. If there is any failure in respect to any of these principles, it is because there is a failure on the part of individuals to observe them. We hold that the duly authorized expression of the will of the people has a divine sanction. But even in that we come back to the theory of John Wise that “Democracy is Christ’s government.” The ultimate sanction of law rests on the righteous authority of the Almighty.

  • elkabrikir

    And one more point:

    #5 Democrats better watch what they wish for. Traditionally African American churches have overwhelmingly supported the Democrat party from the pulpit.

    Of course, more and more Americans of African ancestry are catching on to the eugenic nature of the abortion industry. They’ll be preaching the truth about the modern Black Genocide perpetrated by the Masters of Deceit, the Democrats, “soon, and very soon”.

    Maybe that is why Obama is beginning to shut down the voice of religion.

    Check out http://www.blackgenocide.org, a website designed by blacks to educate blacks in particular on the insidious, evil of the Abortion Big Business.

  • richtx: Many issues are important, but abortion far and away eclipses all of them for the simple reason that we have over 50 million dead children on our hands in America since 1973. I’m wondering if some of them weren’t destined to be my brothers, sisters, and friends. Any politician who supports legalized abortion is unfit for office, plain and simple. It is a litmus test. But anyone who fails to recognize the humanity of an unborn child doesn’t have the moral grounding to make any other judgments, either. That’s why the Church emphasizes abortion above all other moral issues facing our society today.

  • goral

    And one more point:

    The Johnsens and Jensens and Nonesens will always be with us. The Church is not what she is because of politics or tax status or religious bigotry. She is the Pilar of Truth because of Godsons.
    All those who oppose Her live miserable lives and suffer horrible deaths, that’s just history.

    The initial remarks to this article are the serpent’s venom. Don’t forget who’s Immaculate foot is on his head and your head.