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.