U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports Senate amnesty (Part #44849)
Posted Tue, Sep 9, 2006 at 10:16 pm
Religious leaders Tuesday scolded lawmakers who oppose a broad immigration policy overhaul and urged them at a Capitol Hill news conference to put people over politics.As pointed out here many times, their policies will make the situation far worse. A much better suggestion is that they think things through and put what's in the best interests of all concerned ahead of their own parochial interests, such as pushing a far-left ideology or simply filling their pews.
...[Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Orange] flew into Washington for the news conference organized by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass...Of course, Cardinal Roger Mahony and other religious leaders are also misleading people and encouraging foreign citizens to march in our streets demanding rights to which they aren't entitled. And, they're probably misrepresenting the Bible as well:
...In an interview before the news conference Soto, who was representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, defended the involvement of the church in a political issue.
"I think that the church is a very important part of what makes America strong," Soto said. "We're just lending our voice as part of American society to this ongoing dialog as to how we shape an immigration policy."
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that the Bible says 36 times to "treat the stranger as ourselves." He asked how politicians - all of whom are descended from immigrants - can say "now that we are here. . . the door must be closed."Obviously, the reporter (Dena Bunis of the OC Register) should have called him on his idiotic statements and brought up, for instance, some of the points raised here. Even if she doesn't have enough knowledge of religion to argue that side of things, at least she could have pointed out that no one wants to shut "the door". And, since as he points out everyone on Earth is descended from immigrants, if his statement has any validity it would lead to no nation being allowed to have borders. Whether he's an "erase the borders" fool, an anti-American socialist who would only apply his "rule" to the U.S., or just an idiot is not known.