By Peter J. Smith

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, August 7, 2008 ( – With an electrifying speech from the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, the Catholic fraternal organization has begun mobilizing its members for one of the most ambitious political operations since Roe v. Wade: liberating the Catholic vote from pro-abortion politicians.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the 126th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, in Quebec City and pledged the Knights to fight abortion promoting politicians, who buy Catholic votes with their stand on other issues.

“We have heard a great deal this year about the need for change,” said Anderson in a clear reference to the mantra of Barack Obama, the presumptive pro-abortion nominee of the Democratic Party. “But at the same time we are told that one thing cannot change – namely, the abortion regime of Roe vs. Wade.”

“It is time that we demand real change, and real change means the end of Roe vs. Wade,” he said.

In contrast to other Catholic social justice issues like poverty and the death penalty, Anderson asked delegates, “What political issue could possibly outweigh this human devastation” of nearly 50 million abortion deaths in the US since 1973?

“The answer, of course, is that there is none,” Anderson said.

He added, “Abortion is different. Abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.”

“It is time to put away the arguments of political spin masters that only serve to justify abortion killing.”

Anderson then committed the Knights to “end the political manipulation of Catholic voters by abortion advocates,” whom he accused of entangling “Catholic people with abortion killing.”

“It is time to stop creating excuses for pro-abortion candidates. Catholics should no longer be asked to be partners in the abortion regime by voting for politicians who support abortion.”

“We will never succeed in building a culture of life if we continue to vote for politicians who defend and support a culture of death,” said Anderson to thunderous applause from the assembly. “It is time that Catholics shine a bright line of separation between themselves and all those politicians of every political party who defend the abortion regime of Roe vs. Wade.”

The Knights of Columbus speech comes at a critical time in this election year, especially with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again justifying her advocacy of abortion and same-sex “marriage” while publicly describing herself as a “faithful Catholic,” despite the jarring juxtaposition.

In 2006, Pelosi and other pro-abortion leaders of the Democratic Party regained power in Congress by running a handful of pro-life Democrats and wooing back Catholic voters who supported George Bush on abortion and other social issues in 2004. However, Anderson says that this election cycle the Knights are determined to send both Democrats and Republicans this message: the pro-life vote is a Catholic vote and abortion advocates need not apply.

“Imagine if this year millions of Catholic voters simply said ‘no’ – ‘no’ to every candidate of every political party who supports abortion,” he declared. “It’s time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it’s time we start demanding that they accommodate us.”

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