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Doug Kmiec Writes President Obama: 'Friendship Will Not Permit Me to Disregard Duty to Faith and Country' Comments

Doug Kmiec convinced many Catholics to elect President Barack Obama and received an ambassadorship to Malta. He also became a lightning rod in the Catholic community and beyond. I have not heard from him since he resigned his ambassadorship. That is until last weekend. His letter to the President is worthy of note. Continue Reading

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  1. SDG
    2 years ago

    Well, good for Kmiec, as far as it goes. It doesn't go nearly as far as even NATIONAL CATHOLIC DISTORTER columnist Sean Michael Winters' conflicted "J'Accuse!" essay—which also naively accused the president of betraying "his own" vision, meaning the vision left-leaning Catholics wanted to believe was Obama's vision—but it's better than nothing, and better late than never.

    What bothers me about Kmiec's letter is that he seems to have no sense that this is a religious freedom issue, a constitutional issue, a first amendment issue. He comes across like he's asking the president for a personal favor, or to be generous to Catholics out of the kindness of his heart and the largeness of his vision. It's like the fundamental notions of rule of law, of constitutional freedoms and of limited government play no role in Kmiec's thoughts on the subject.

  2. Cris
    2 years ago

    Since Mr. Kmiec publicly declared his support for Obama , he should also say in public that he was wrong when he voted Obama for president.

  3. afl
    2 years ago

    Had Mr Kmiec really studied Mr. Obama's history. Mr Kmiec should have seen that Mr Obama will tell people what they want to hear to ensure their friendship. However, when it becomes a question of politics , Mr Obama will change and do the opposite, Mr Kmiec fell in this trap as did many others, Mr Obama always weighs his decisions on politcis and power. Mr Kmiec drank the Kool Aid like many others. I think Mr Kmiec needs to publlcally recant on his book and admit his error, He should openly oppose the policies of this administration and Mr Obama's policies on the right to life and his constant attacks on religious freedom and the Natural Law. He should be the one to write and publish his letter to the Media and let Catholics and all Christians know of his errors. and not just a perosnal note to a ;friend. Pray for him.

  4. irishsmile
    2 years ago

    Mr. Kmiec very recently also vigorously supported Ms. Sibbelious presidential appointment. I don't believe in the tooth fairy; Santa Claus, or for a moment that Mr. Kmiec is naive or ignorant of the Democratic Party's abortion/homosexual agenda. I will keep Mr. Kmiec in my prayers.

  5. Carol
    2 years ago

    With all due respect to you Deacon, there is nothing honorable in Doug's letter. He praises Obama. Says he wants him to succeed. Admires his accomplishments. He paints himself as the man who valiantly and independently stoop up against prolife Catholics whom he paints as people who seek the defeat of good for their fellow countrymen. He publicly asks for answers for the golden parachute the President opened for him in Malta.

    He is quoted in other news sources as waiting for a call from the President 'before' he can endorse a 2012 candidate.

    Doug Kmiec puts the cold calculus of politics above faith and freedom. The
    'common good' agenda he shilled for has all been executed.

    We don't know what happened in Malta. Frankly, my dear, we don't give a damn.

  6. Stephanay
    2 years ago

    Mr. Kmiec should have done some homework about the community organizer. One of Alinsky's "rules for radicals" is that there are "no permanent friends or permanent enemies" for them. In other words, Mr. Kmiec was used and is probably no longer useful, so he can be cast aside. .His opinion never mattered, only the influence he may have had with catholic voters. Obama probably was never a "friend" in the first place., only acting the part to manipulate Kmiec to engage the catholics on his behalf. That's how the Alinsky methodology works. Mr. Kmiec is one of many who fell into the trap and aided Obama to gain the power he coveted.. Sr. Keehan is another example, as is Fr. Jenkins, and many more catholics. They were used.
    Obama is now using that very power he gained to suppress the catholic influence on society. We can whimper and whine, or we can put on our breastplate of Faith , take up the sword of Truth and with the strength of the Holy Spirit step onto the battlefield for the our personal Faith, our beloved Church and all the souls that are in jeopardy.
    Mr. Kmiec would do well to join us on the side of truth, and stand with the faithful.
    If Obama gets another four years, what we experience now is just the tip of the iceberg. He is surrounded by "czars", extremists, and other questionable characters. May Our Lord help us.

  7. John Calabro
    2 years ago

    I remember reading the exchange of correspondence between Deacon Fournier and Prof Kmiec before the last election. I had already observed that Barack Obama was "a liar from the beginning", and so I could not agree with Prof Kmiec's reasoning. After the 2008 election and subsequent events of public record, I felt sorry for Doug Kmiec, since he had allowed his friend Mr Obama to make a fool of him. I was encouraged when Mr Kmiec resigned his ambassadorship; it seemed he had seen Mr Obama in a new light. Reading his letter above, I am saddened to see that he still seems to believe that Mr Obama cares about someone else besides Mr Obama. I would remind him of the old saying, "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me". I pray that this disastrous administration might serve to bring Catholics back together again, to bear authentic witness to Jesus Christ. Thank you.

  8. Jason F. Turk
    2 years ago

    Mr. Kmiec

    It appears that President Obama has misled you? As an authority on the First Amendment tell me what was your epiphany? Were you not aware of his agenda when you mislead Catholics to the Obama cause?

    As Catholics we are compelled to not only embrace all the teachings of Jesus Christ but to do, “Good Works” to be saved. An observation of good works that you are best qualified for is to denounce Mr. Obama with the same zeal with which you endorsed him.

    If for no other reason but that you know without question that he plays fast and loose with the Constitution. A lover of law cannot tolerate those whom would take short cuts to their social agenda over the First Amendment. A note to a former social sparring partner does not cut it.

    We will be watching.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Turk
    Hobe Sound, FL

  9. Binoy
    2 years ago

    This is truly saddening. Its a start, but probably too little and too late.

    I had been expectantly reading this article, the letter Kmiec wrote to the President, in the hopes that he would've seen the light and at the very least understood Obama for who he really is. However it seems that Kmiec has still understood very little of Obama (for what he really is).

    While this letter will lead to no response from Obama, except maybe invite the White House to file a suit against Kmiec for divulging the letter he sent to Obama, while being Ambassador, in some Court, it still shows that Kmiec still considers Obama to be such a halo-ed person, except that its just a little dimmer now than before the elections. When will Kmiec realize that this halo is only a mist and once the mist clears (which for many, has already been cleared), the evil horns would appear?

    Would Kmiec still be voting in favour of Obama this elections? Will it take another tenor with Obama at the White House (albeit the last one) for Kmiec to get his mists cleared?

    Tense questions, nonetheless, I for one have lost more of my respect for Kmiec (hence my prayers for him are on the rise), because I could've given him some benefit-of-doubt, for his endorsement of Obama and the book he wrote (GOD alone knows how many Catholics were mis-led by that book!), however, having worked with Obama-Administration, in his capacity as Ambassador, and post-resignation, there is hardly any benefit-of-doubt that Kmiec would get now, from me.

    This begs a more serious question from me... does this letter only point to another tactical move by Kmiec - having now understood that President has clearly lost his following and is most likely going to be kicked out of the White House this election?

    Having this thought in mind and if I were to remove the benefit-of-doubt which I had accorded to him for his disastrous (not for Obama) endorsement of Obama prior to his election as President, Kmiec would probably appear more vile than Obama himself (is that even possible??), using Obama only as a pawn, to his advantage, whereever the pasture appears greener.... a scary thought, to say the least.

    I'd rather still prefer to give Kmiec the benefit-of-doubt (for his endorsement of Obama for the last elections), though this time, if I have to have any respect for Kmiec, I'd be expecting a lot more than this letter (lest this is again only a ploy to enchant Catholics again - a la Pied Pier). Assuming Kmiec is a devout receipient of the Holy Communion, may GOD guide him on the right path!

    GOD Bless!

  10. David D.
    2 years ago

    I would ask Mr. Kmiec what parties, factions, or individuals he is referring to who sought to "defeat the president's efforts to promote the common good"? Pro-Life Groups? Health experts who acknowledge the connection between chemical contraception and breast cancer? Defense of Marriage proponents? Organizations and individuals who understand the Catholic concepts of Subidiarity and Solidarity as not meaning the development of an entitlement mentality and total reliance on the government to meet all their needs? Organizations that while advocating for the compassionate treatment of individuals who by their own admission are in this country illegally, also stand firm on the position that; a) all are welcome if you follow legal paths towards immigration AND citizenship; and b) there may be penalties for those who do not abide by the law? Organizations who stand firm on the right to religious freedom and whose cries over the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in the East have largely gone unnoticed? (The mere thought of de-funding the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is unconscionable.) Are those the groups referred to by Mr. Kmiec? If so, then I would say ... Hey, us he's talking about US! (Ok, he's talking about me for certain, the rest of you will have to look at your conscience to see where you fall on these issues) And we're going to be out (ok, 'I will be out" for the sake of not being presumptuous) in full force this time around? By the way, despite the issues I may have with Mr. Kmiec's letter, Deacon Fournier's article summarizes perfectly in a few short paragraphs why so many Catholics were led to support this President in his candidacy and the early days of his administration.


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