Yesterday Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney spoke out in favor of "immigration". Of course, what he meant was illegal immigration, and he wants his priests to violate HR 4437 if it passes.
How exactly does one discredit someone like Mahoney? Reporters and politicans can get fired or driven from office, but the same cannot be said about Cardinals. And, some are even willing to claim that criticism of the Catholic leadership is anti-Catholic. And, there are always a large number of sheep in the flock (siconservative.redstate.com/story/2006/3/2/03439/51673). While he's been damaged by the recent scandals, even that doesn't seem to faze his large number of fans.
I believe the best way to discredit Mahoney and all the other religious leaders who support illegal immigration is pointing out what I discussed in this post about Archbishop Michael Sheehan. If the word gets around that those leaders can't think things through and are doing more harm than good, they might change their minds.
Another possible way is to point out his smear campaign:
[Mahoney] denounced what he called "hysterical" anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the country... The [sermon] drew several "nasty and emotion-filled" calls to the archdiocese Wednesday from callers demanding harsh measures against undocumented immigrants, according to archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg.
The first is a lie, and I'd imagine that the second is at most a half-truth, and more likely an outright lie as well.
So, if you're a member of a religious congregation and your leaders support illegal immigration, make those same points and publicly shame them. Of course, you might get kicked out, as FAIR was when they tried to ask Mahoney some questions.
(On a side note, your blogger was surrounded by 8 LAPD cops and briefly detained while taking photos at the 9/11/02 memorial at Mahoney's palace. I visited three other memorials that same day and had no similar experiences. I should post the details of that incident here, since that was one of the reasons I started this blog.)
Immigration · Thu, 03/02/2006 - 10:03 · Importance: 1