The Catholic church, in its traditional move when it doesn’t get its way at the ballot box, is taking human shields in order to force its minority religious view on 100% of the American people. This time the Catholic leaders, infamous for their ongoing aiding and abetting of child-rape in their own church, have taken 11 million undocumented Latinos hostage in yet another of their ongoing efforts to gay-bash.
The Catholic bishops, who have no business telling non-Catholic Christians like myself how to live our lives, let alone the rest of non-Catholic America, sent yet another anti-gay nastygram to President Obama, demanding he exclude gay binational couples from any immigration reform package, or they’ll torpedo the legislation.
The Catholic bishops threw a similar hissy fit over immigration reform in February. Oddly, the bishops have yet to throw a hissy fit about their own colleagues aiding and abetting pedophilia. It’s only the gays’ presumed-pedophilia that worries the Catholic bishops – the real thing, not so much.
The Catholics elders are known from their human-shield-taking. They’ve taken children hostage in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, DC as part of their church’s ongoing political vendetta against the gays. And the lead Catholic bishop in France recently seemed to justify anti-gay hate crimes. So if they’re willing to harm children, and tolerate a few hate crimes, in order to get their way, they’re certainly willing to take a swipe at Latinos too. (Perhaps it’s time Latinos learned that the Catholic church is not their friend – and perhaps this latest move will finally prove it.)
You might recall that the President included a fix for gay binational couples – where one partner is American, the other is foreign, and their relationship is not recognized under US law, so the foreign partner gets deported – his version of the immigration bill. Congressional Democrats, sadly all too often happy to do the Republicans’ bidding, threw gays under the bus and excluded them from the bipartisan immigration deal worked out last week, ostensibly because gays are icky. (And don’t believe anyone who tells you that immigration reform is already super-gay. It’s not even close.)
But we’re not too icky to donate to Democrats and help elect them to office. Come November of every even-numbered year, and suddenly Democrats are magically cured of their political homophobia. But like herpes, it’s pretty much a guarantee that it will eventually come back. It always does.
And what do you know. Not only did Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) throw gays under the bus in the recent talks with Republicans, but AP reports that Democratic Senators are tired of having to vote on hard stuff.
Someone pays you $174,000 a year and then expects you to do stuff that’s hard. This is not America.
But the party’s senators are still bruised from an agonizing defeat on gun control this month. And few seem eager to inject divisive issues that might sink their best prospects for a major legislative victory this year and a potential keystone of President Barack Obama’s legacy.
“Any amendment which might sink the immigration bill, I would worry about,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said in a brief interview, adding that he had yet to decide whether an amendment for gays and lesbians would meet that yardstick.
Wow, I know what you mean. You were already asked to do one “hard” vote this year on background checks, and now they want you to do another in the same year?!
Of course, “hard” is a relative term. In US Senate parlance, a “hard vote” is one where only 94% of the American people are on your side:
Yes, the background check vote was SO hard that even 89% of Republicans, and 93% of gun households, supported the legislation in a recent poll:
Support for universal background checks went across party lines: 89 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of Democrats and independents were in favor, as well as 93 percent of gun households and 85 percent of those living in a household with a member of the National Rifle Association.
Your heart really goes out to these guys.
As for the Catholic threat to torpedo immigration reform lest the gays be free – let them try. The only reason immigration reform is moving at all is because the Republican party is terrified that its lost the Latino vote forever, while Latinos are an ever-growing percentage of Americans. That, along with traditional GOP bashing of gays, women, and African-Americans, among other people and causes, has so turned off young voters that it’s not clear, other than the South and very old white men, just who is willing to vote for a Republican anytime between now and the next century.
So let the Catholic church just try to torpedo the GOP’s big comeback with Latinos. That should be fun to watch.