Liberal Blog’s Diatribe Against the Knights of Columbus

Liberal Blog’s Diatribe Against the Knights of Columbus December 23, 2014

The Knights of Columbus are too Catholic.

That’s the charge issued by ThinkProgress, the liberal political blog of the leftist Center for American Progress.  A December 22 column applauds the Knights for their contributions to “purely altruistic” causes such as the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, but scolds them for their support of Catholic principles.

Columnist Josh Israel decried the Knights’ mission, explaining that:

“…millions of their charitable dollars have funded a very socially conservative ideological agenda: opposing abortion, LGBT rights, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and pornography, while supporting public funding for religious organizations.”

And what are the projects which the Knights of Columbus have supported, and which are so offensive to ThinkProgress? According to their report:

More than $1 million of that went to support “Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” a network of facilities that dissuade women from choosing to terminate their pregnancies….  Between local chapters and the national organization, the Knights’ “Ultrasound Initiative” have provided more than $14 million worth of ultrasound machines to local “pro-life pregnancy care centers,” based on the belief that “a free ultrasound exam often helps an abortion minded woman to decide to choose life for herself and her child.” 

For several decades, that charity has also included work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Each year, the organization reaffirmsby resolution, its “deep and historic commitment to oppose any governmental action or policy that promotes abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide, or other offenses against life.”

They have also worked to defeat a successful stem-cell research amendment in Michigan ($100,000), to pass an unsuccessful proposal to ban public funding of abortion in Florida ($100,000), and to oppose a defeated a Massachusetts initiative to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients ($450,000).

There’s more:  The Knights of Columbus have defended religious liberty, opposed the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, and supported a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Knights spokesman Joseph Cullen insisted that the Knights’ charitable support extends beyond those causes to a wide range of projects.  According to Cullen:

“We are motivated by the values of our faith, and if sometimes those values are seen by some as having political implications, it does not make the values themselves political. Any attempt to make the case that we unduly focus only on certain issues, or that those are the only issues with certain social or political implications, would be both disingenuous and dishonest.”

A quick check of the organization’s website supports that claim.  The Knights have distributed coats to children on Black Friday; built new homes for persecuted religious minorities in Iraq; produced a documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.  In all, the Knights of Columbus last year donated $170 million and 70 million hours of service to worthwhile goals.

ThinkProgress doesn’t like the fact that some of those goals are unabashedly Catholic?  Oh, well.

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for their commitment to life, to religious liberty, and to their principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

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  • Dennis Mahon

    Catholics….being Catholic?

    How shocking!

  • UAWildcatx2

    I love how this line: “opposing abortion, LGBT rights, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and pornography, while supporting public funding for religious organizations.” is supposed to make monocles pop out of people’s eyes and into their kombucha. Wha? This Catholic organization opposes these intrinsic evils? You mean they DON’T support killing the unborn or those that society has deemed useless? They DON’T support the rampant objectification of human beings created in God’s image? Well, I never!

    Vivat Jesus!
    (From a 3rd Degree KofC)

  • And in Oregon- we have marching orders from Archbishop Sample to make _Building the Domestic Church_ top priority. On Sunday night at my son’s youth group, I provided a book to a family who just happened to be there, and promoted the program with a single mother whose husband had moved out.

  • Episteme

    Now that the KofC is single-handedly funding the entire US and Canadian Special Olympics teams for 2016, I sometimes joke that our motto should be “supporting the handicapped quicker than the Left can abort them!” 😉

  • David J. White

    Wow! Placing their money, time, and effort in the service of organizations and efforts that comport with their values! Liberal organizations would *never* do anything like that! (I am a 4th-degree Knight.)

    • shaggyk

      Liberal organizations have values?

      • Laureen Holt

        Really! Great question!

  • David Naas

    Would it be redundant to ask, “How dense are these people?”
    Will they next be shocked to discover that a priest celebrates Mass?

    I looked at the website. My, aren’t “tolerant” commentators viscous?

  • niknac

    The Knights are all about bad men repenting and struggling to do good. Nothing wrong with that but not for everyone either. Many knights have a long way to go. Very long. Nothing wrong with that but often not pretty.

  • Mike

    Isn’t this like complaining that zebras have stripes?

    • Laureen Holt

      Yes. You’re spot-on.

  • Micha Elyi

    Leftists call themselves “pro-choice” but their own mouths accuse them of tolerating only one choice, death, and one choice is no choice at all.

    • Laureen Holt


  • really

    I quit the KofC, not because they were too Catholic, but because, frankly, they were nothing but a bunch of whinny old men that argued over the simplest thing. Turned me right off. And I found the Knights too American and did not take into account the disparities of its members.

    • LeMayzing

      Too “American”? What exactly is that even supposed to mean?

  • LeMayzing

    Note that the Knights didn’t just “produce[d] a documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake” but guaranteed lifetime prosthetics for any child that lost a limb in the earthquake: