Romney, Obama scored by Catholic group

Monday, October 8, 2012
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A Catholic group explains that its new "Religious Freedom Scorecard" evaluates the two major party presidential candidates on several issues - and Barack Obama comes up short.

The Catholic Association has released a voter guide comparing Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. A spokesperson for the organization says the candidates were evaluated on seven different issues it believes are critically important to Catholics and other people of faith.

More than one million copies of the one-page scorecard gives Romney an "A+" and Obama an "F" on religious freedom issues, including conscience, abortion, God in the public square, houses of worship, and international religious freedom.


"An obvious example, of course, is the HHS mandate... President Obama destroyed this longstanding bipartisan consensus on rights of conscience when he issued this HHS mandate," says Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for The Catholic Assocation.

"And Governor Romney, for example, when he was in Massachusetts and a similar issue came up, as governor he sought to protect Catholic charities and Catholic hospitals in Massachusetts from having to do similar things."

Ferguson points out the scorecard highlights President Obama's rhetoric in regards to religious freedom.

"He has repeatedly replaced the words 'freedom of religion' with a much more narrow 'freedom of worship' - and this linguistic shift is very interesting," she explains. "It may seem as if it's a minor shift, but religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship. For an orthodox Jew [for example], it's not just about going to the synagogue on Saturday; it's about maybe keeping kosher all week long."

The voter guide [PDF], published in both English and Spanish, is available with or without a logo so activists can rebrand the guide for their own separate groups. The guide is also available online for printing and distribution across social networks.

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