Conservatives had a right to worry when they first learned the leftist Pope was coming to visit the US and address a joint session of Congress.
With a predominate liberal media covering a hard-left Pope, we conservatives knew we were going to be lectured and the Pope, and liberal activist, didn’t let the visit go to waste. According to TeaParty.org:
Many conservatives viewed the prospect of the Pope’s visit to the United States with a mixture of hope and trepidation: hope, because the Pope’s visit would force heavy media coverage of religious issues; trepidation, because of Pope Francis’ mixed record on issues ranging from climate change to illegal immigration.
Conservatives were right to worry.
The Pope’s visit has been an unmitigated boon for the left. Conservative defenders of the Pope will undoubtedly note that he has referred, albeit obliquely, to same-sex marriage and abortion; they will point out that the Pope visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and made veiled reference to religious freedom. They will suggest that the media has done the Pope wrong by focusing on the Pope’s support for leftist causes to the exclusion of his traditionally religious principles.
…and the 7 areas the Pope puts downs conservatives:
The Staged Illegal Immigrant Child Photo-Op. On Wednesday, as the Popemobile moved down the National Mall, five-year-old Sophie Cruz somehow eluded security and reached the Pope himself. The security guards stopped young Sophie, but the Pope motioned her forward. She then hugged the Pope, and handed the Pope a letter she purportedly wrote, an eloquent plea to stay in the United States with her two illegal immigrant parents. “I want to tell you that my heart is sad,” Sophie told the media, having memorized her letter. “I would like to ask you to speak with the president and the Congress in legalizing my parents because every day I am scared that one day they will take them away from me.” Her father stood next to her, wearing a t-shirt that read “Papa Rescata DAPA!” – the Pope should rescue President Obama’s executive amnesty.
Comparing Fighting Illegal Immigration to Human Rights Abuses Against Native Americans. The Pope dropped this egregious rhetorical dud in the middle of his speech to Congress.
Allowing President Obama to Represent Himself as An Advocate of Religious Liberty. On Wednesday, while speaking at the White House, President Obama said, “Here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty….[The United States] stand[s] with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and intimidation.” Meanwhile, President Obama’s IRS cracks down on religious charities and his Obamacare regime targets religious institutions; his administration looks into persecuting religious Americans for failing to participate in same-sex weddings. A well-timed comment from the Pope could have been useful here. Instead, he stood by and said nothing. Instead, he went to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor – and the media ignored it. The Pope knows full well when the cameras are on him. They were on him with Obama. They weren’t during his side jaunt to visit those victimized by the President.
Ripping Capitalism Before Congress. Speaking before Congress, the Pope spent an inordinate amount of time lecturing legislators on the need to redistribute wealth in the name of the poor. He praised Dorothy Day, a Catholic organizer who once wrote, “We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists ‘of conspiring to teach [us] to do,’ but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York.” Senator Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Socialist-VT) was ecstatic.
Pushing Environmental Extremism. The Pope spent a significant amount of time before Congress talking about climate change and encouraging Congress to restrict American economic growth to fight that chimera. But at the United Nations, he really let loose, suggesting that the environment has “rights” – an argument unfamiliar to many readers of the Bible. People may have obligations toward the environment, but the environment has no freestanding “rights” from humanity; God does not weep when a tree is used for lumber to house a poor family. This logic leads to the Malthusian anti-humanism of the deep green left.
Ignoring Abortion, Talking Death Penalty. The Pope said nothing about abortion before President Obama. Then, while speaking before Democrats in Congress who support federal funding for abortion machine Planned Parenthood, he said that all human life must be treated with respect – and proceeded to glide right over the abortion issue entirely, settling on the death penalty instead. As I noted yesterday, 35 murderers were executed in 2014 in the United States. One million unborn children were killed. Some say the Pope didn’t have to get explicit about abortion. Just why in the hell wouldn’t he? He did mention the unborn at the United Nations with one word. Should we celebrate such courage?
Ignoring Same-Sex Marriage. The Pope encouraged marriage in his speech before Congress, and talked vaguely of the value of family. He complained of threats to the family. But he said nothing about what those threats were – with the very Supreme Court that declared itself above God in terms of defining marriage sitting in front of him.
It was truly a visit filled with double-standards and activist driven agenda. The Pope didn’t address abortion, but addresses the death penalty. Are we supposed to read from that, that a convicted felon should have mercy, but an unborn baby should not?
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