Saturday, December 31, 2005

Republicans & Pseudo Christianity…

Republicans & Pseudo Christianity…

One of the more compelling passages of the Christian Gospel reads: "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?.…The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” (Matt. 25:37)

The Republican controlled congress passed a bill making it a crime to “offer services or assistance to illegal immigrants.” The measure could mean a jail term of five years for priests, social workers, nurses or doctors who offer any “services or assistance” to illegal immigrants. The services could be as innocuous as teaching English or a matter of life and death such as medical assistance and other life saving services.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the legislation because it potentially threatens “church workers and doctors as well as ordinary citizens who provided urgent or life-saving assistance to illegal immigrants.” Yet, Rep. Charles Boustany and Bobby Jindal, both of whom ran as Catholics to get votes, voted for the draconian bill.


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