Cardinal Roger Mahony admits to exaggerating about HR4437
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[interviewer:] Giving a sandwich to a hungry man could theoretically be a criminal act.If he knows that they didn't intend it to be enforced in the manner that Mahoney has been representing it, hasn't he admitted that he's been misleading his flock? Why didn't he simply urge them to clarify that provision in the bill?
[Mahoney:] Absolutely. Let me just give a couple of examples that are so absurd, people just say, "What?" The one I used was, since we have undocumented people who come to our churches, do we now ask to see documentation before we give them the body and blood of Christ? People got that as an absurd implication. The other side yells, "That's not what we mean." Well, that's not what they intended, but if you tease it out to its extreme, this is what it amounts to, this kind of nonsense.
Has Mahoney been arguing in good faith (so to speak), or has he been behaving dishonorably? Hasn't he been simply dishonestly demagoguing this issue?
Later on, he says:
What I'm trying to do is to encourage Catholic legislators to understand the issues and to come up with a just, humane policy that works for the good of the people and the country.If that's truly what he wants, then he should completely oppose illegal immigration instead of supporting it. His position is clearly immoral because of what it leads to:
* increased corruption in the U.S. as companies that profit from illegal immigration donate to politicians who look the other way
* increased numbers of low-wage workers coming into a high cost of living country (resulting in people living in garages or even tents in backyards)
* lowered wages for our own low-wage workers, many of whom have simply stopped looking for work
* increased chance of worker abuse and workplace injuries and deaths (much higher for illegal aliens)
* entrenching the corrupt Mexican government rather than forcing them to reform
* assisting the government of Mexico meddling in our internal politics
* assisting attempts to weaken U.S. citizenship and sovereignty
Either Mahoney doesn't understand this issue, or he doesn't care about the above.