President Obama has hired Michael Wear, an apostate Catholic who belongs to a ‘nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington’, to counter the Bishops campaign to protect religious freedom in the US.
‘Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as faith vote coordinator, a campaign official said.’
Wear, who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington, has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term.
A source close to the campaign said the decision to hire a faith-focused staffer was provoked largely by continuing criticism of the administration from America’s Roman Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic organizations.
“I don’t think the campaign originally had this position in its box,” said a source close to the campaign, who refused to speak on the record because the person was discussing sensitive issues.
But persistent opposition from Catholic groups sent the message that this was something (the campaign) had to think about longer-term,” the source said.
Sources close to the campaign say the timing of Wear’s hiring was not dictated by the controversy over Obama’s support for legalized same-sex marriage. After Obama announced his support, he hosted a conference call with 13 pastors Wednesday to talk about his views.
The Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic groups have attacked Obama over a proposed rule that would require all employees, including those at Catholic institutions other than churches, to have access to free contraception. Those camps have also alleged that the White House is waging a broader assault on Americans’ religious liberty.
Protect the Pope comment: The idea that President Obama has hired an apostate Catholic to get out the Catholic vote for the November presidential election is mind-boggling inept. But then President Obama has already lost the vote of faithful and loyal Catholics so it makes no difference who he appoints.
Michael Wear may get a good response from evangelicals because he’s rejected Catholicism and joined an evangelical community, but to think that this will go down well with genuine Catholics is just dumb.