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Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:33am by Billy Hallowell

A new book by conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly and American Spectator journalist George Neumayr exposes never-before-seen documents that purportedly show that the Catholic Church supported, and gave monies to, Barack Obama in the 1980s to attend a community organizing training with the Saul Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Additionally, in “No Higher Power,” the authors highlight other problematic funding and allegiances between the Church and ultra-liberal causes. It’s no secret that the left has learned the ropes of using faith and religion for political gain. For years, liberals lamented conservatives’ close allegiance with Christian leaders. But now, in a change of course, they seem to be revving up the engagement and infiltration of faith communities in an effort to harness political power. Progressive evangelicals, for instance, have a bizarre history of taking funding from far-left billionaire George Soros, an atheist (we’ve covered liberal evangelical groups and their controversial stances and ties here, here and here). Many groups and churches, too, have joined in on leftist calls for social justice, among other Democratic-laden sentiment. While gaining in its prevalence, this systematic exploitation of religion by liberals who seek to use the cohesive forces of belief to progress political agendas is nothing new. Segments of the Catholic Church, for example, have been frequently accused of being sympathetic to — and even funding — leftist activities. Most recently, the Bishops, themselves, have accused nuns of liberal inclinations and separating from Church doctrine. But the ties and issues seem to go far beyond the nuns. In “No Higher Power,” Schlafly and Neumayr focus upon Obama’s “war on religious freedom,” as the book puts it. Since the announcement of his controversial contraceptive mandate, many have claimed that the president and his administration have turned hostile towards people of faith (although there were other benchmarks, including his attack on the ministerial exemption and an alleged apathy toward the faith community that some called out as earlier warning signs).

. this may seem benign. . On the surface.theblaze. but connecting the dots showcases what the authors contend is further evidence of leftist infiltration into the where the aforementioned documents seem to show that the Catholic Church funded Obama’s IAF trip. TheBlaze secured an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book... Page 2 of 8 Considering Obama’s ongoing stalemate with Catholic leaders..Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro. http://www. there are some past connections that are worth noting. though.

an off-shoot of the Calumet Community Religious Conference. specifically when it comes to the current state of affairs between the president and bishops. the organization that put on the training session that the Church purportedly paid to send Obama to. ultra-left group was founded back in 1940 by Alinsky. there’s some irony considering that the Catholic Church allegedly paid to send Obama to a farleftist training. Previously. is known for using religion as an adhesive force to bring individuals together in support of Democratic principles and in the course of writing this book. an arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: In the 1980s.Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro. and letters that confirm the Church’s support for the man who would one day seek to destroy its religious freedom. in it. a time during which Obama was on staff with Developing Communities Project. the group received support from the CCHD. the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago contributed to the training of Obama in the very Alinskyite radicalism that would culminate in such anti-religious measures as the HHS mandate. IAF. which the book says were given to the authors by someone who had access to Church archives and are also presented in the appendix of “No Higher Power. In fact. see a letter on CCRC letterhead that is signed by Obama. . TheBlaze has secured the alleged documents. the community organizing group founded by Alinsky.. Below. Page 3 of 8 Let’s start with the IAF. we have reproduced the check and invoice showing that the archdiocese of Chicago paid for Obama’s plane trip to a conference in Los Angeles run by the Industrial Areas Foundation.. As we’ve reported. he mentions an “IAF training in Los Angeles” and seeks a reimbursement for his travels: http://www. we met a source who once had access to copies of documents from the archives of the Chicago archdiocese. In a series of appendices. which is still very active today. the father of community organizing. we have delved deeply into IAF and its use of faith to capture for political gain.” In the 1980s. checks. The infamous.. Naturally. This source supplied us with never-before-published copies of invoices. Here’s an exclusive portion of the book that delves into the support that Obama allegedly received from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

. .. Page 4 of 8 Then. a follow-up note shows a memorandum from the Campaign for Human Development (the name given to the group before “Catholic” was later added in).com/stories/new-books-ironic-claim-catholic-church-paid-to-send-obama-to-an-a.Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro..theblaze. which confirms a travel payment to the then-community organizer: http://www..

..Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded . Page 5 of 8 And there’s more: http://www..

. it seems Alinsky had extensive ties to the Church (specifically CCHD).theblaze. providing more on this allegedly cozy relationship between Alinsky and Church officials: http://www.Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro.. Schlafly and Neumayr continue.. Page 6 of 8 While some may dismiss this as an odd or one-time affair. . as he attempted to use religion — much like the left is today — to harness the political power of a mass group of people tied together by common

giving ACORN thirty-seven grants totally $1. Alinsky received tens of thousands of dollars from the Church to “study” poverty and racism. the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. CCHD gave $7. Fr. Those grants were ratified by the United States Conference of Bishops at its June 2008 meting. a radical leftist organization that supported Barack Obama’s brand of “community organizing.037. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was the Alinskyite branch of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which had offices in dioceses across the” In 2007 alone. with “Catholic” added later as its socialist work began to draw criticism.. in June 2008. Page 7 of 8 Alinsky had always targeted churches for radical infiltration. In the 1950s.. ACORN and its affiliated organizations were aggressively registering what they claimed were 1. approved grants of $113 million to forty local ACORN affiliates for the cycle beginning July 1. ACORN focused on new registrations in the key toss -up states of Ohio. such as Monsignor John Egan. Val J. CCHD increased its support of ACORN. who sat on Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation board.. indeed. . CCHD. admitted to Catholic News Service that “some of the funds that the Catholic Campaign contributed to ACORN in the past undoubtedly were used for voter registration drives. and even though employees of ACORN and affiliated organizations like Project Vote had either been indicted or convicted of submitting false voter registration forms in fourteen states. It was founded in 1969 by priests and bishops close to Saul Alinsky. http://www.. And a travel reimbursement is far from the only example of Catholic monies going toward far leftist causes. from 1998-2008. Considering some of the other funding allegations written up by Schlafly and Neumayr. Ralph McCloud. and to a certain degree he succeeded.” Even though the pro-Obama political activity of ACORN had been widely reported. CCHD knew exactly how ACORN spent its money. During 2007-2008. Peter also delved into these issues. it‘s no wonder why some have grave concerns about the group’s continued existence (hint: excessive financial ties to ACORN): Indeed.Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro.000. CCHD’s executive director.3 million of Catholic-donated money to the now notorious ACORN. 2008.theblaze. in a column for First Things.3 million poor people to vote. The group was originally called the Campaign for Human Development. This isn’t the first time CCHD has been exposed as a leftist arm of the Church. Michigan. and Florida. in fact. Pennsylvania. In 2011. writing that it may. be time for the CCHD to be shuttered. Alinsky had initially won favor with some in the Archdiocese of Chicago by appearing to be an advocate of justice for the poor.

Furthermore.Book ‘No Higher Power’: Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to Alinsky-Founded Gro.. Considering the Catholic Church’s ongoing issues with the Obama administration. . You Might Also Like: ? THEBLAZE All information © 2012 TheBlaze LLC http://www.. While there is a fear that leftist views have been too fervently embraced by the sisters. these ties are fascinating. the CCHD-ACORN relationship suddenly became too embarrassing for the bishops to ignore. and CCHD announced it was suspending (not canceling) the 2008 grants.. the ongoing accusations being thrown at nuns by the bishops are also noteworthy. Page 8 of 8 Under press scrutiny and backlash from members of the laity. You can pick up a copy of “No Higher Power” on it seems there may also be a need to look further into other facets of the Church (at least the CCHD) as well..

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