Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pelosi's Hyposcrisy on the Separation of Church and State

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, last Thursday had the audacity to tell Catholic leaders at the Nation's Catholic Community conference sponsored by Trinity Washington University and the National Catholic Reporter that they must "instruct" their parishioners to support immigration reform and that it is vital for clerics everywhere to "play a very major role" in supporting Democratic policies in general.

"The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me and say, 'We want you to pass immigration reform,' and I said, 'I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. I want you to instruct your' -- whatever the communication is," stated Pelosi, who purports herself to be Catholic despite her being in violation of church and scriptural teachings, especially when it comes to abortion, of which Pelosi is an ardent supporter. 
"The people, some (who) oppose immigration reform, are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels," she said.

Now of course this whole ordeal of Pelosi trying to enlist the help of the Catholic clergy to persuade parishioners from the pulpit is amazingly hypocritical considering that the left in general and Pelosi in the specific have long argued that there should be strong "separation of Church and State".  How can she, in good conscience, now try to enlist Christian clergy to pass her amnesty reform? 

One has to assume that if a conservative Catholic politician were to likewise implore the Catholic clergy to preach that the Gospels claim that murder of the unborn is a mortal sin, that Pelosi and nearly all of the progressives in congress would be screaming to the media about how this violated that leftist sacrosanct tradition of holding fast to the separation of Church and State.

Further, her theological argument of saying that the Gospels require us to pass amnesty reform legislation is extremely shaky in even the best light.  Christ did indeed command us to "love one another" but he also was not for anarchy but rather a supporter of law.  Give to Cesar that which is Cesar's.

I would absolutely agree that the need for immigration reform is vital, but anything that includes amnesty is grossly unjust to those immigrants that have chosen to follow our laws respectfully.  Pelosi asking the church to do her bidding only when it suits her purposes is the very type of cynicism that most Americans have grown very tired of seeing in our politicians.  Being that Pelosi's district is the San Francisco area, I am sure her re-election is assured to the House; however, he re-election to the post of Speaker of the House is very much in doubt, and deservedly so!

1 comment:

Dave Splash said...

Well, I won't wade into interpretations of Gospels, but I will agree that Speaker Pelosi instructing Church leaders to advocate a position from the pulpit is wrong. For me, personally, I want all religion out of government and all government out of religion.