It is well known that MoveOn.org published an anti-Catholic hate cartoon that showed Pope Benedict with a gavel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. William McGurn’s “Democrats Made No Room on Abortion” (Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2008 page A19) reports, however, that the 1992 Democratic National Convention featured “buttons featuring the governor [Pennsylvania’s Robert Casey Sr.] as pope.” A Google search found the button in question at “Why Democrats Are Blue,” and it clearly uses the Pope in a “This is the Enemy” context.
How can the Democratic Party be anti-Catholic when prominent Democrats have names like “Kennedy,” “Pelosi,” and “Kanjorski?” “How the Election of 1968 Reshaped the Democratic Party” by Ted Van Dyk (Wall Street Journal, August 23 2008, page A11) reports,
Since 1968, independent and on-the-fence voters have come to perceive that there are, in fact, two Democratic Parties represented by two kinds of candidates. There is the middle-income, middle-minded, socially more conservative, bread-and-butter Democratic Party. Then, there is the better-educated, higher-income, socially liberal Democratic Party.
The former is what we call the Joe Magarac Democratic Party, after the folk figure who represents the steel industry and the blue collar workers who make it work. The latter is the MoveOn.org wing of the party, and we remind Democrats that MoveOn.org claims to have “bought” the Democratic Party. Our position is that MoveOn.org’s relationship to the Democratic Party is about as legitimate as that between cancer and healthy tissue, or a parasite and its host. This wing of the party is the source of anti-Catholic and also anti-Semitic hate material.
Here is MoveOn.org’s anti-Catholic hate picture. Except for its use of color, it is almost indistinguishable from Thomas Nast’s notorious anti-Catholic cartoons of the 19th century.
Here is the button to which McGurn’s article apparently refers. Catholic voters should realize that this button was displayed at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and apparently the party did not tell its wearers or distributors that it was as offensive as, for example, the use of blackface or exaggerated Semitic features in a derogatory context.
This is what the MoveOn.org/Obama wing of the Democratic Party thinks of Catholics.