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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Next big battle for conservatives

Immigration reform, which, if the President is smart, he'll leave for 2011-12. The GOP base is preparing its battle against their biggest ally on health care reform: the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
[A] personal representative of the Bishops explained during a conference call in favor of health care legislation and "comprehensive immigration reform" that it was all about money. Kevin Appleby, director of the Bishops' Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, said the Bishops wanted a national health care plan funded by taxpayers to pick up the costs associated with covering the illegal aliens coming to the Catholic hospitals.

It's impossible to believe, in the final analysis, that Stupak betrayed the Bishops. Catholic Church lobbyists were working hand-in-glove with Stupak from the start.

Even as they were issuing press releases insisting that the bill had to be more pro-life, the Bishops were reiterating that they have been for national health legislation all along and that they wanted to see it changed to cover more immigrants. "Universal coverage should be truly universal," they said. In other words, they wanted it to be more expansive and expensive. They don't think Obama and the Democrats went far enough!

In the same letter calling for tougher pro-life language, the Bishops called for "undocumented immigrants" to be allowed to buy health insurance under the federal plan.[...]

The conclusion is inescapable that the Bishops were playing both sides of the street, so that, no matter what happened, they could work with the winning side. The Obama executive order gives them cover, too.

The health care debate, with either side citing this or that Catholic group, has proven that the Catholic Church is exercising far too much influence over the national affairs of the United States. If Marxism is coming to America, it has a Catholic imprint. [...]

The Catholic Church is quickly moving ahead to pass a bill to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. It is significant that on Sunday, as national health care legislation was passing the House, the Catholic Bishops were promoting a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to force congressional passage of "comprehensive immigration reform." The rally was preceded by a Mass in support of immigrants with celebrants Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Wester at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. [...]

I went anyway and took a series of photos of the demonstrators and the assorted Marxists who were there passing out their Spanish-language pro-communist literature. The demonstrators carried many different signs, one of them saying, "Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform," with a reference to "Justice for Immigrants" in smaller letters. The "Justice for Immigrants" project is officially sponsored by the Catholic Bishops.

The Marxist conquest of America is on track, and it is being disguised in Catholic religious garb. The problem isn't just Stupak; it's the Catholic Church hierarchy. They were playing conservatives like suckers.
Like most conspiracy theorists, the author from the conservative group Accuracy in Media is softheaded. The Catholic Bishops were by no means playing a double game. They accurately reflected the views of a hierarchy to whom matters of sexuality and abortion are paramount. They were simply ineffective, and to a degree heretofore unimaginable. Once nuns, who have far moral legitimacy among Catholic faithful despite Vatican persecution, entered the arena, the views of the bishops were rendered irrelevant.

Still, watching Republicans turn on the group they depended on to kill health care reform sure is a lot of fun.

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