Is Minnesota Democratic Leadership Anti-Catholic?

Oct 28, 2010, 15:13 ET from Catholic Defense League

Brian Melendez's refusal to apologize for offensive ads leaves Catholics wondering

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday the Catholic Defense League (CDL) issued a letter to Democrat-Farm-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Brian Melendez demanding an immediate apology for political advertisements they believe denigrate the Catholic Church. The series of ads feature Catholic imagery superimposed with slanderous statements. One of the postcards features a Catholic altar with a statue of St. Anthony holding the baby Jesus, an icon recognized by most Catholics.

Instead of issuing an apology, Melendez defended the mailings. Melendez was quoted in yesterday's Star Tribune as saying "these are good ads."

"As if issuing these advertisements were not bad enough, Mr. Melendez has now added fuel to the fire by refusing to apologize to Catholics," said Dick Houck, CDL's president. "This leaves many people with the impression that Minnesota Democrat Party leaders are anti-Catholic."

"This appears to be another instance in which secular humanists are trying to undermine the moral authority of the Catholic Church," said Pat Phillips, CDL board member. "They would like nothing better than to see the elimination of religious influence within our society."

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