Conservative Catholic Group Runs Ads Targeting Anti-SCHIP Lawmakers As ‘Not Pro-Life’

goodeva.gif In October, Catholics United, “a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition,” launched an ad campaign targeting “pro-life Christian” politicians who voted against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

The ads criticized the members of Congress for saying they’re “pro-life,” but then voting “against health care for poor children.” “That’s not pro-life. That’s not pro-family,” concluded the ads.

One of the targets of the ads, Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI), the Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, responded to the ads by accusing Catholics United of being the “devil” and acting in “sin”:

Catholics United, which demurs from airing similar ads against pro-abortion members of Congress, is not a Catholic Church sanctioned organization; it is a Leftist political front group. No one should be fooled when this devil cites Scripture for his own purpose. […]

Through their duplicitous partisan S-CHIP attacks, this is (charitably) the sin which Catholics United has committed; and the sin with which Catholics United is coercively trying to tempt pro-life members of Congress.

Now Catholics United is taking to the Christian radio airwaves again. They’re still hitting McCotter, but are also adding four more members of Congress to their target list:

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)

Listen to the ad against Goode:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/11/cu-goode.320.40.flv]

Rep. Goode responded to the new ads by digging in his feet, exclaiming “I’m opposed to the child health bill.”

If the four Congressmen are tempted to lash out at Catholics United like McCotter did, they should choose a different route than attacking the group’s Catholic standing as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and the Catholic Health Association all hold the same position supporting the SCHIP expansion.