House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now interpreting Gospel to Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops. She told them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and to preach to Catholics who oppose it that reform is a “manifestation of our living the gospels”:
I want you to instruct your, whatever the communication is — the people, some of them, oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews and you have to tell them that this is a ‘manifestation of our living the gospels. Our patron saint of San Francisco, St. Francis of Assisi, he said, ‘preach the gospel –sometimes use words.’ We need the words to be said because it isn’t being picked up automatically.
Pelosi went on to urge the clergy to get on board with focusing on the ‘rights’ of illegal immigrants rather than on the fact that these aliens are here illegally in the first place:
We have to respect that dignity and worth and recognize that the Church has an important role to play in that. We don’t — as a practical matter, we can’t say to people, 12 million of you, ‘go back to wherever you came from or go to jail’
Whatever happened to that wall between Church and State that liberals love to trot out whenever it suits them – for example, on issues such as abortion? I don’t recall anything from the Republican side of the aisle as brazen as the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives telling the clergy what they ought to say from the pulpit in support of one of her pet public policy initiatives!
I was disappointed that after playing a Pelosi soundbite on “The Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly did not jump all over Pelosi’s overreaching as an egregious example of left-wing hypocrisy. And when the liberal commentator Alan Colmes asked rhetorically “what would Jesus do?,” O’Reilly should have responded by citing the New Testament:
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Apparently, both Jesus and our Founding Fathers believed in the separation of Church and State. But not Saint Nancy when it suits her agenda.