Catholic Hispanic `Scorecard:’ Romney A, Obama F — Poll Differs

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Notre Dame University students hold an alternative commencement ceremony to protest President Barack Obama's visit to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

On religious freedom, The Catholic Association has some grades for the candidates:

An “A” for Republican Mitt Romney, an “F” for President Barack Obama.

And they’re passing these scorecards out — in Spanish.

The president enjoys an overwhelming advantage among Hispanic voters, polling has shown.

Hispanic Catholics support Obama over Romney by a margin of more than 3 to 1 while about eight in 10 Latinos with no religious ties back the president, according to a Pew Research Center poll released today.

This campaign is targeting Hispanic Catholics.

The “Religious Freedom Scorecard” compares the candidates on seven different points“ important to people of faith, including their commitment to protect conscience rights, their views on international religious freedom and their rhetoric when discussing religious liberty.”

“Spanish-speaking Catholics make up a large portion of Catholics in America, nearly 40 percent, and it is vital to shed light on the president’s disappointing record on the all-important issue of religious freedom and how it’s come under attack these last four years,” Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association, says in a statement at the group’s Web site.

“The religious liberty of Catholics and people of faith are threatened by legal action by the federal government and right now there is a lot at stake for Hispanics who value religious freedom,” adds Ashley McGuire, senior fellow at the association.

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