The Church Militant confirmed Clinton’s invitation to the Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner earlier this week. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also has been invited, according to the report.
The charity dinner is a high profile, $3,000-a-plate event organized by the Catholic archdiocese in New York. The millions of dollars raised at a single dinner is said “to bring hope to the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York, regardless of race, creed, or color.”
However, Clinton’s invitation is a surprise given her radical stances on abortion and religious liberty. The Democratic presidential candidate recently promised the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, that she would work to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions.
She has defended partial-birth abortions, and told talk show hosts that unborn babies just hours before birth do not have a Constitutional right to life. In a move that could affect the fates of unborn babies for years to come, Clinton also promised to nominate U.S. Supreme Court justiceswho will ensure that Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up until birth remain the law of the land.
Clinton also has made some frightening statements signaling her intentions to chip away at religious freedom in America. In a speech last year, Clinton essentially said Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.
“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” Clinton said at the time, using the euphemism for abortion. “… And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
She also wants to force religious organizations and businesses like Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion-causing drugs and birth control in their employee health plans, against their religious beliefs.
In comparison, Trump recently made some strong pro-life promises to defend unborn babies and take tax dollars away from abortion providers.
Recently, Trump announced a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life and conservative groups praised for having potential judges who would be strong Constitutionalists.
Trump also specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood, as long as it continues doing abortions.
The Catholic charity event has faced criticism in the past for inviting politicians who support abortion and other issues that are contrary to Catholic teachings.
The most controversial move was when the dinner organizers invited pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012.
The organizers said they have extended invitations to both major parties’ presidential candidates in the past.
Obama’s Republican challenger Mitt Romney also had been invited to the event.