A Short Note to the CCHD Response

In the response the CCHD sent to me yesterday, there was no mention of the incontrovertible evidence that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers belongs to coalitions publicly supporting abortion.

As I pointed out in my article, this is in direct violation of the new CCHD Ethical Guidelines.

The CCHD instead focused on an issue about the participation of CIW in a conference which was not offered as evidence of anything other than being a “red flag.”

Such clever rhetorical diversions do not bolster our confidence in the intention of the CCHD to push forward with its reforms.

 

It’s becoming apparent to me, the CCHD is looking for ways to explain away the membership of grant recipients in offending coalitions rather than enforcing the rules.

But I hope I am wrong about that.

Finally, it is not uncharitable to apply CCHD’s own published guidelines to facts present in the public domain.

The charge that those who publish research about the CCHD are being uncharitable is merely another rhetorical tactic intended to divert attention from the hard facts being presented. 

The links to evidence are clearly marked in my article from Tuesday.  This is precisely the kind of evidence that led to the defunding of five CCHD grantees earlier this year.

I look forward to a response from the CCHD that does not dodge the evidence.

Deal W. Hudson

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Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of "Church and Culture," a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ Formerly publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine for ten years, his articles and comments have been published widely in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. He has also appeared on TV and radio news shows such as the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, NBC News, and All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Hudson worked with Karl Rove in coordinating then-Gov. George W. Bush's outreach to Catholic voters in 2000 and 2004. In October 2003, President Bush appointed him a member of the official delegation from the United States to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of John Paul II's papacy. Hudson, a former professor of philosophy for 15 years, is the editor and author of eight books. He tells the story of his conversion from Southern Baptist to Catholic in An American Conversion (Crossroad, 2003), and his latest, Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, was published in March 2008. He is married to Theresa Carver Hudson, also a Baptist convert, and they have two children, Hannah and Cyprian who was adopted from Romania in 2001.

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