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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, March 03, 2006

Daily Rant

Los Angeles’ Cardinal Roger M. Mahony marked the beginning of Lent on Wednesday by calling on Roman Catholics to embrace immigrants regardless of their legal status. In addition, the Cardinal said he would tell priests to defy any law that would try to force churches and other organizations to determine the legality of immigrants before giving them assistance. Later after the Mass, during an interview with Spanish-language press, Mahony vowed to instruct priests to disobey any law requiring churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance. Speaking in Spanish, Mahony told the Spanish-language press, "I would say to all priests, deacons and members of the church that we are not going to observe this law," and said he would be willing to go to jail rather than follow any such laws.
Cardinal Mahony equates anti-illegal immigration as anti-Christian, but when did breaking the law become a Christian value? What is not Jesus who said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Jesus was telling his followers to abide by the law and yet Cardinal Mahony is advocating a position that goes against the teachings of Jesus. Yes, being a good Christian means helping the poor and less fortunate but not at the expense of breaking the law. Laws are meant to protect us regardless of how we feel about them; I may not like speed limits, but if I do not follow the speed limit I am guilty of breaking the law.
More so than any other issue, illegal immigration affects every one of us. Being anti-illegal immigration is neither anti-Christian nor anti-American. Being anti-illegal immigration is the belief that we are governed by laws and those need and must be enforced. We can not pick and choose those laws that we want to follow because they are convenient or because we agree with them. Breaking the law is wrong and so is advocating breaking the law.


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