Hooray for the Catholic Church, the courage of Roger Mahony, and any other such organizations--religious or otherwise--that figuratively tell the government to F off. "It is none of the government's business who and how religious people serve," says the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance. "Would the U.S. Congress have told the Good Samaritan not to help a stranger in the ditch?" Cardinal Roger Mahony in Los Angeles, who leads the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the nation, created a stir recently when he said he would order priests under his supervision to defy any federal legislation that requires churches or other social organization to press immigrants for legal papers before giving them help. The rhetoric over immigration reform has become inflamed of late. A coalition of religious leaders has said the legislation the House approved in December reflects "hysterical" anti-immigrant sentiment. I'd just like to see one hell of a lot more of it, on hundreds of levels.

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I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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