Donohue: Candidates Should “Respect Churches”

Catholic League President Bill Donohue seizes the opportunity to respond to a survey that indicates 57% of Americans believe religious leaders should not support political candidates from the pulpit: “Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama should set an example by pledging never to attend a church service that is a front for a political rally. Too often, clergy have abused their office by making veiled endorsements—and in some cases explicit endorsements—of candidates for public office at a church service. Just as bad has been the practice of the candidates themselves making a pitch to the congregation from the pulpit.” Never one to inappropriately mix religion and politics, Donohue tends to simply accuse political opponents of anti-Catholic bias.