Call to Action, the dissident Catholic group and kooky godmother of Voice of the Faithful, is giving its 2006 Leadership Award to Cindy Sheehan. If you don’t know who Cindy Sheehan is the mother of an American soldier who died in Iraq, who has become a celebrity in left-wing circles for her anti-war activism and her “stalking” of President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding a meeting with him. She’s been seen cozying up to all kinds of left-wing wackos, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Jessie Jackson, Michael Moore, and so on. (If you want the full Cindy experience, go to Cindy Sheehan Watch.) She has become a tool of the radical left because as the mother of a slain soldier they believe she has a kind of moral authority.
CTA is giving its award to Sheehan because they say she is a “practicing Catholic” who served as a parish youth minister for eight years [Yikes, based on her public statements I can’t imagine what she was teaching those kids—Ed.] and has been an antiwar activist. In other words, they’re glomming on to her fame and using the most tenuous connections to get media coverage for themselves.
The award will be given at the CTA national conference in Milwaukee, November 2-5.