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    Golden Rule Doesn’t Justify Illegal Immigration, Sessions Says

    By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:31 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2015


    Sessions said Pope Francis went close to the line of what a religious leader should say. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

    Pope Francis’ call for lawmakers to follow the Golden Rule on immigration and other matters has its limits, according to one conservative senator.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, the most ardent foe of illegal immigration in the Senate, talked warmly in general about the pope’s speech, although he said at several points it approached the line of what is appropriate for a religious leader.

    On the calls to deal humanely with refugees and immigrants seeking opportunity, the Alabama Republican stressed the limits to such a policy.

    “I think we have a duty to help those in crisis. So then how you do that I think is up for experts, the military, State Department, whoever, and we’ve got to recognize limits on our abilities,” he said. “I don’t think the Golden Rule can be used to justify violating our nation’s immigration laws. I don’t know that he meant that. I don’t think that’s true.”

    Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., who may be the polar opposite of Sessions on immigration, had a predictably different view of the Golden Rule section of the speech.

    “If Congress had a daily reminder of the Golden Rule, this would be a better country,” he said in a statement after the speech.

    “I try to push back on Donald Trump and others who attack Latinos and immigrants or women or Muslims or the poor – sometimes on the floor of the House,” Gutierrez continued. “But I cannot speak as simply and as powerfully as the Pope can. Today, someone stood up for the people in my community and the message will definitely sink in. I think every member of Congress will have to think twice before calling all immigrants drug mules or denying climate change or cutting help for working families or labeling children seeking asylum as criminals.”

    Sessions said he agreed with the pope that one shouldn’t worship wealth and should be generous, but he said the West has been better stewards of the Earth than elsewhere.

    “I think the western world … has been pretty darn smart in improving the environment the last 30 years and continues to do so,” Sessions said.

    And he’s not sold on proposals to deal with global warming, despite the pope referring to his encyclical on the subject.

    “To the extent there is global warming, we have to ask the question, ‘Is it more kind, is it smarter to drive up cost of energy for poor people when you achieve virtually no global warming benefit?’ We’re not seeing the damages that were predicted with global warming, climate change,” he said, before citing a relatively benign hurricane season.

    “Keep our fingers crossed, we may go another season without a major storm,” he said.

    He issued a broader warning to religious leaders getting too involved in politics.

    “You get close to the political flame, you get burned. … I don’t think the pope went too far, but he was pushing the line.”

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    The Golden Rule applies to both sides. When one breaks it, the other one is not required to accommodate. The Golden Rule applies to immigrants, and they aren't abiding it. They're violating our laws, they're stealing our jobs, they're breeding on our soil, they're demanding benefits, tax credits, welfare, educations, healthcare and "rights" reserved for citizens.

    This is why Pope's and other religious leaders should never ever be allowed to address our Congress in session in our Capitol. Never. Ever.
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    If the Pope is so passionate, why doesn't he announce asylum for displaced refugees into the Vatican?
    They can get the place all spruced up and ready for the illegals that will be deported after Trump takes office.
    The Pope can have them sent to the Vatican "on a wing and a prayer". Now that's funny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldendaze View Post
    If the Pope is so passionate, why doesn't he announce asylum for displaced refugees into the Vatican?
    They can get the place all spruced up and ready for the illegals that will be deported after Trump takes office.
    The Pope can have them sent to the Vatican "on a wing and a prayer". Now that's funny!
    Yes! They can set up a large air-conditioned tent city there in the big court yard and put cots in the Vatican in those large rooms and long hallways! They might have to move out some of the art and stuff they stole from the Jews during the War to make room, but that's okay. They can rent some public storage space for that or return it to their rightful owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Yes! They set up a large air-conditioned tent city there in the big court yard and put cots in the Vatican in those large rooms and long hallways! They might have to move out some of the art and stuff they stole from the Jews during the War to make room, but that's okay. They can rent some public storage space for that or return it to their rightful owners.

    Judy, no holds barred, you are truly awesome...always!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldendaze View Post
    Judy, no holds barred, you are truly awesome...always!!


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