Catholic Vote President Brian Burch Exposes Attack on Churches
Doug speaks with Brian Burch president and co-founder of Catholic Vote, exposing the attack on churches.
Doug Truax: Welcome to the First Right podcast. A weekly conservative news show brought to you by Restoration of America. I'm your host, Doug Truax, founder, and president of Restoration of America. Today we are blessed once again to have, as our guest Brian Burch, president and co-founder of Catholic vote, a strong and forceful advocacy organization that knows how to move the needle. The reason we were having Brian back so soon is Catholic Vote's important new ad campaign on church attacks in America. Welcome back to the show, Brian.
Brian Burch: Great to be with you.
Doug Truax: Well, let's just jump right into the ad and then we'll talk about it after that. Okay.
Brian Burch: Sounds good.
Voiceover: In the 1960s, when churches were burned, president Kennedy stepped up condemned it
to burn churches. I consider that both cowardly as well as outrageous President Kennedy pledged justice.
As soon as we are able to find out who did it we will arrest them. Now, churches are being burned again because they protect unborn babies and women in need. Our second Catholic president.
Keep protesting because keep making your point.
Doug Truax: So we're living through this time now where we've got Biden and the DOJ aggressively attacking conservatives through raids and other means, but there's all these things going on with pro-life Americans and nothing. So just talk us through what you're doing here with the ad. W what, what's your, what's the reasoning behind it, obviously. And then how do you anticipate it impacting the viewers?
Brian Burch: Absolutely. Well, thank you again. You're absolutely right. We've seen the department of justice focus in very isolated ways on political opponents, whether it be parents who object to critical race theory or a radical gender ideology in their, in their schools, whether it be the recent raid on president Trump, or of course just in the last day or so, the department of justice announced that they are going to go after anyone criticizing a hospital that is bragging about doing pediatric gender reassignment surgeries. Meanwhile,over 200 Catholic churchest hat have been vandalized, desecrated, as well as over 65 pregnancy resource centers, just in the last three months. And we've seen absolutely nothing from the department of justice, no prosecutions, zero arrests, and frankly, Catholics are fed up and not just Catholics. Everybody's fed up. We're, we're sick of the department of justice being politicized in such a way to go after their political opponents while the rule of law is left on the sidelines. When it comes to people who believe in life, who are protecting vulnerable women and who simply want to go to church on Sunday without the threat of violence.
Doug Truax: Yeah. How about it? And in this ad, you've got something that's really unique. I think here, you've got the footage of JFK, a Democrat president and what he would have done. So just talk us through the thinking on that and what you're trying to get across to the audience.
Brian Burch: Yeah. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, a lot of people still have some sort of respect and affinity for, for JFK and the way in which at least at a time in this country, it wasn't considered partisan to prosecute people that were burning churches. This clip comes from a press conference in the 1960s when there were voter registration efforts occurring and racist segregationists set fire to churches in the south and Kennedy rightly at the time said, we're going to find out who these people are. And when we find them, we're going to prosecute them. Contrast that to today. Again, I just explained we've had over 200 examples of churches being attacked, vandalized, including some burned just last week, a drive by shooter two days straight shot bullets into a Catholic church. What, what have we seen from the department of justice? Absolutely nothing. And so the ad is intended to contrast this, this, the needed leadership that JFK exhibited and president of Biden and Merrick Garland, the attorney general unfortunately, has been totally absent on.
Doug Truax: Yeah. And I'm glad you're highlighting the pure number of these attacks. Cause you know, we live in an age right where they just don't, the media is not going to cover certain things. And you know, I didn't realize it was that many. I knew this. I knew it was going on, but that's a lot. And it's, it's, it's an epidemic. And you know, it's just common safety piece and it's just completely being ignored. So, you know, people watch this ad, what can Catholics do, what are other patriotic Americans that aren't Catholic? What, what can they do? How, how do we fight back on this, Brian?
Brian Burch: Well, it's no coincidence ad campaign starting in the last a hundred days before the midterm election and our opinion, this issue is on the ballot. The question is whether or not both members of Congress and us senators who are up for reelection, whether they've spoken out on this, whether they have urged the justice department to equally enforce the law, or whether they've been silent in part as we, as we can surmise because their political opponents might benefit from calling out this violence. And so the most important thing is to spread the word you just said, you had no idea it was this large of number. We need to get that message out to everywhere that we have this escalating violence, an epidemic of violence, as you rightly described it with no response from our leadership's leadership in Washington. The second thing we need is we need pressure on the department of justice.
We're seeing time and again, the politicization of justice from this administration. And they need to hear from every citizen in this country that we want to see the law enforced equally on everyone. The third thing is we need to pressure Republicans. If they in fact take control of the house, we want to see hearings. We wanna, we want to see what the left would do to on this. And that is let's connect the violence that we're seeing across the country to the kind of political rhetoric and the kind of example, being set by frankly, a lot of the leaders of the democratic party, who in some ways are winking and encouraging this type of, of activity on the part of, of their supporters.
Doug Truax: Yeah, that's right. We got to push back. And I think that, you know, we're all hoping for the red wave and this could add to it. I know there's polling out there that says, sadly, these kinds of things, the raids and the politicization of the DOJ and the FBI, it can fall down party lines. When, you know, when your side's on the right side and your, your guys are pushing back against Trump or whoever else. And that's a sad statement, a commentary on where we're at as a country, however, the moderates and the independence, the folks in the middle are not okay with it. And so that's, you know, that's encouraging and we could see that play out, but we'll, we'll see what happens. What do you think about those folks in the middle? What's your take on them?
Brian Burch: Well, you're right to point out. That's, who's going to decide this election, you know, hard left Democrats are not going to change their opinion, no matter how bad it gets, but the, the middle of the independent voters that do swing back and forth election to election, they're outraged by this. I just saw some polling in the last several days, over 70% of Democrats said that the refusal to prosecute violence against political opponents, what influenced their decision and how they vote. Now, of course, a lot of people are focused on January six. This is, you know, two three-year-old issue now. But the point being is that it actually is an issue according to polling, that Republicans and Democrats should be and are actually United on. And I think if we bring this message to the voters, that's going to help shape how people decide what they do in November.
Doug Truax: Absolutely. And speaking of last question, bringing messaging to voters. So it feels a lot like Republicans, aren't where they need to be right now on abortion post Dobbs. And we're, you know, they're getting attacked, you know, because, oh, you know, this is a terrible thing that's happened. And, but they're not fighting back, at least in my opinion, the way they should. I mean, how, how are you guys seeing that with the battle being waged right now with Republicans on the abortion side?
Brian Burch: Well, we're Catholic vote. And we like to say, we're Catholics first, not Republicans or Democrats in almost every case. We're fighting Democrats, but sometimes we need to push back against Republicans too. And it's no secret among those that are involved with lobbying and efforts with the Republican party that were, were they a lot of reticence out there to touch this? You have abortion since Dobbs. And again, back to the polling, the majority of the countries on our side, when it comes to protecting unborn children, whether it be at heartbeat stage or whether at 12 or 15 weeks, not to mention, you know, late term abortions when babies feel pain and taxpayer funding of abortion. And we need to go on offense. We need to be asking senators and members of the house that are up for election. Where would you draw the line? And we know where they draw the line. They don't draw a line. They would support abortion up to the moment of birth, even after birth for any reason. And we need to put them on the defensive and stop pretending as if somehow this is a difficult political issue for our side and force them and expose their extreme position. And I think if we do that, we can, we can push even further and defending life and protecting women, which is what this is all about.
Doug Truax: That's right. Amen to that. And that's so true. They have got to defend their sick and disgusting physician who were the ones, just with the common sense. So I, I just, I, I think we're possibly missing an opportunity here, but you know, we'll see, there's a lot of people doing a lot of great things like you guys are moving. The needle really love the new ad, wish you the best in the campaign. We're going to do our part to get it out and appreciate all you do and keep up the good work. Brian.
Brian Burch: Thanks so much. Keep at it, everyone doing their part. We're going to keep moving the ball forward.
Doug Truax: That's right. That's right. Have a good one.
Brian Burch: Thanks Doug.
Doug Truax: All right. That's our show for today. Thank you so much for tuning in and for supporting conservative media. Don't forget that by working together and staying diligent, we conservatives can bring our country back to true greatness until next week. Let's all keep praying that God will continue to bless America
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