Search form

Group 4 Created with Sketch.
Back to HHS Watch

Catherine Snow

COMMUNICATIONS, CENTER FOR FAITH AND OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVES

Catherine Snow currently serves as a communications staffer in HHS’ Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Prior to joining HHS, Snow made a career out of anti-LGBTQ activism and working on projects run by right-wing extremist group Focus on the Family.

 

HOW THEIR ROLE AFFECTS ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Snow works in the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, which claims to “seek out and remove barriers to full and active engagement by the faith-based community and to champion religious liberty in all HHS programs and initiatives.” In this role, Snow has the opportunity to liaison with outside faith based groups, which during Trump’s administration has been accused of “support evangelicals at the expense of other voices.”  

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT OF NOTE

Managing Editor, Citizen Magazine

Managing Editor, CitizenLink

The Arlington Group

TIES TO OTHER ANTI-CHOICE EXTREMISTS

Focus on the Family:

Snow worked for Focus on the Family’s online publication “CitizenLink” and was also the managing editor for the group’s magazine “Citizen.”

Gary Bauer:

Snow Served as the Executive Director Of Bauer’s anti-LGBTQ coalition “The Arlington Group.” Gary Bauer is an outspoken anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion activist.

Shannon Royce:  

Shannon Royce is Catherine Snow’s supervisor at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Royce also worked with Snow at the anti-marriage equality coalition, The Arlington Group. Royce has also had a long career of anti-reproductive health and anti-LGBTQ policy work, including her promotion of conversion therapy. She has often pushed her extremist views under the guise of religious freedom.

THE WHOLE STORY

Catherine Snow Has Made A Career Out Of Anti-LGBTQ Activism

Catherine Snow Served As Managing Editor For Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine And Its Political Arm “CitizenLink”…  

Snow Was The Managing Editor For Focus On The Family’s Citizen Magazine. “Catherine Snow has taken on the role of managing editor for Citizen, handling editing, writing, and photo selection, as well as working with Tom Minnery on longer range development of article ideas and direction.” [Citizen Link, Website, accessed 12/25/10

Snow Was The Managing Editor For Focus On The Family’s CitizenLink. “Catherine’s name will be familiar to many of you from her previous role as managing editor of CitizenLink. Catherine brings not only years of marketing and communication expertise, but also a broad understanding of the social conservative movement. From her prior role as executive director of the Arlington Group — a coalition of national conservative Christian organizations that was based in Washington, D.C. — to her grassroots experience as a consultant in local issue advocacy campaigns, she is well-suited to educate, equip and encourage Citizen’s readers.” [Citizen Link, Website, accessed 12/25/10]  

…Focus On The Family Is A Notoriously Controversial Group That Has Worked Against The LGBT Community And Reproductive Health For Decades.

Focus On The Family Continues To Boast Conversion Therapy On its Website, In A Series Titled “Leaving Homosexuality.” “The good news is homosexual attractions and temptations do change, dissipate and even disappear for many — as they cooperate with God in the process of becoming more like Jesus. However, there are a number of aspects to this process of change, and it will look different for everybody, with no guarantee that one’s homosexual attractions will completely transform into exclusive heterosexual attractions. This reality should not be surprising to Christians given that Scripture teaches that all believers, those in the process of becoming more like Jesus, will continue to experience some struggles and temptations throughout the course of their lives — the ongoing battle between the sin nature described as the ‘old man’ (old patterns of thought, feeling and behavior apart from God) and the ‘new man’ that we are in Christ (our ongoing life as we connect with God through His Spirit).” [Focus on the Family, accessed 1/22/19]

During Snow’s Time At Focus On The Family, The Group’s Founder Claimed That The Shooting At Sandy Hook Elementary School Was The Result Of The Nation Turning Its Back On God.  “James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said Monday that he believes the Connecticut shooting is a result of God allowing judgment to fall on America because it has turned its back on Him.  ‘And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think He has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on,’ Dobson told listeners of his ‘Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk’ program.” [Focus on the Family, accessed 1/22/19]

Snow’s Former Employer Focus On The Family Has Also Stated Opposition To IUDs and Birth Control Pills Due To Their Belief That These Methods “May Act After Fertilization.” “Focus on the Family holds that all human life is sacred, and that life begins with fertilization – the union of sperm and egg. We don’t believe that it’s wrong to prevent fertilization, but we oppose any method of so-called ‘birth control’ that functions as an abortifacient – that is to say, any method that acts after fertilization to end a human life by preventing implantation in the womb. Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) fall into this category.  Birth control pills have become controversial because some of them are believed to function as abortifacients on some occasions. This is a complex matter, partly because there are many different formulations of oral contraceptives. At present it appears that birth control pills containing only progesterone do not reliably prevent ovulation. A similar mechanism of action may be at work in implantable contraceptive Nexplanon. Progesterone-only pills may allow fertilization to occur, with a greater chance that the pregnancy will be ectopic (outside the uterus). If this is the case, we have to conclude that such pills are problematic for those who believe that life begins at fertilization. For this reason, Focus on the Family recommends against the use of these pills.” [Focus on the Family, accessed 1/22/19]

Snow Also Worked For Gary Bauer’s Anti-Marriage Equality Coalition “The Arlington Group.”

Catherine Snow Worked For The Anti-LGBTQ ‘The Arlington Group.’ “And I would draw your attention, Your Honor, to the e-mail on the first page. It’s from Catherine Snow, of The Arlington Group, to a number of recipients, including Mr. Prentice.” [Perry v. Schwarzenegger, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1/25/10]

  • A Coalition Of Evangelical Christian And Other Conservative Organizations Organized To Preach Against Same Sex Marriage And Attempt To Amend The US Constitution. “This week, Bauer and other founders of the Arlington Group, a coalition of 21 evangelical Christian and other conservative organizations, will meet outside Washington for the third time since July and declare Oct. 12 to 18 as Marriage Promotion Week. They plan a national outreach by churches and Christian broadcasters to preach against gay marriage, aim to collect 1 million signatures for amending the US Constitution, raise money, and tell their flocks to lobby lawmakers to defend traditional family values.” [The Boston Globe, 9/28/03]

Snow Has Been A Proponent Of Many Out-Of-Touch Anti-LGBTQ Policies.

Snow Was A Major Proponent Of California’s Proposition 8, which Eliminated The  “Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” “And this is—as Ms. Moss noted, this is someone from The Arlington Group talking about what they’re doing here, as part of this effort. And what it says is: ‘I am organizing heavy hitters to do video clip messages to the American public to promote our efforts. Newt on board (emphasis social fabric). Requests out to Meese (plea to legal community), evin (plea to country), Dobson (plea to Christians comm), Pastor Garlow (plea to all pastors). Mike Judge/Colin Hart (UK) warning of what will happen if apathy steps in and what UK now faces. And the House with Blunt Rep Pence, Senator Burr for plea to elected officials.’” [Perry v. Schwarzenegger, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1/25/10]

Catherine Snow Contributed $100 To California’s 2008 Proposition 8. [California Secretary of State, 7/28/08]

Snow Was A Fierce Defender Of The Discriminatory ‘Defense Of Marriage Act.’ “During a four-and-a-half-month window of time in 2008 – when the status of the voter-approved Proposition 8, defining marriage as one man and one woman, was in legal limbo – nearly 18,000 ‘couples’ wed in California. Now, years later, a few of these same couples are reappearing to challenge statutes that undergird marriage.  The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which passed in 1996, was designed to protect the more than 1,100 rights, benefits and privileges written into federal code pertaining to marriage. Since Feb. 24, the Obama administration and likeminded officials appear to be undermining DOMA – even if it’s one benefit at a time.” [Catherine Snow, Press Release, CitizenLink, 6/14/11]

Catherine Snow: “Since The Sexual Revolution Of The ‘60s, The Breakdown Of Marriage And Families Has Affected The Earning Potential Of Many Americans.” “The breakdown of the family is at the core of our economic crisis, according to new research conducted by Marriage and Religion Research Institute, a project of the Family Research Council.  Since the sexual revolution of the ‘60s, the breakdown of marriage and families has affected the earning potential of many Americans, forced intergenerational dependency on the government and cannibalized the tax revenues that fuel economic growth – and federal welfare programs.” [Catherine Snow, Press Release, CitizenLink, 6/24/11]

 

Connections

Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (The Partnership Center)