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Essay draws connections: ACORN, Obama, and the Catholic Church

September 24, 2009

ACORN, the controversial community-activist group fashioned on the theories of the radical Saul Alinsky, has come under tough scrutiny recently, and in response to the latest scandals within ACORN, Congress has cut off public funding for the group. But columnist Cliff Kincaid argues convincingly that investigators are reluctant to probe too deeply into the past of ACORN, for fear that they might be branded anti-Catholic, since ACORN received so much support in the past from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an official arm of the US bishops' conference.

While Obama has strong ties to ACORN, they were originally established through the U.S. Catholic Church, which has also funded ACORN and similar organizations to the tune of millions of dollars.

Every year, as the national collection for the CCHD approaches, conservative Catholics protest the group's heavy funding for leftist organizations. Although CCHD is no longer supporting ACORN, the ties to other radical groups remain.


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  • Posted by: mwquacker4169 - Oct. 25, 2009 6:06 PM ET USA

    "Although CCHD is no longer supporting ACORN, the ties to other radical groups remain." True! Including lots of "little ACORNS". Example: in WI there are 9 groups under the head group, WISDOM. Through education & pressure on the parish council, we were able to get the local Alinskyan org'n out of our parish. When people found out what they were REALLY about (leftist politics) and that our pastor supported it, word spread & interest dwindled. More great info at Catholic Media Coalition.