Apparently, I am no longer a Christian.
Pope Francis has denounced everyone who favors building a border wall in order to protect their country and limit illegal immigration by stating that anyone with those ideas “is not Christian.” Taking a brief break from attacking the free-market capitalist system that has brought most of the world out of abject poverty and provided the material wealth that illegal immigrants come to the United States (and the West) to exploit, the pontiff turned to the subject of border walls. Flying back to the Vatican from Mexico he was asked what he thought of Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall on the southern border of the United States. Francis answered, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” To his credit, Trump quickly responded by saying, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”
Last week Trump said that the Pope’s plans to pray at the border show he is a political figure being exploited by the Mexican government. Asked if he felt he was being used as a pawn by Mexico, Francis said he didn’t know, but, according to reports, he seemed “pleased” to hear that Trump had called him a “political” figure, noting that Aristotle had described the human being as a “political animal.” He certainly does seem hell-bent on ensuring that a Democrat wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Perhaps the proudly political pontiff doesn’t know that the United States annually takes in more people every year, legally, than the rest of the world combined. Add a half million or more illegals to that number and it comes to roughly 2 million “refugees” accepted every year. That would be an impossible task for many countries and is now an extremely dangerous one for the U.S.
This pope shepherds criminals towards our border, hugs prison inmates and is famously inclusive in the modern sense, but he just figuratively kicked millions of people out of his Church and the Christian religion.
Christianity is already under attack from secularism and militant Islam (many of whose adherents are streaming across our border), so it seems odd that he’d banish so many folks from his otherwise tolerant religious tent. What’s more, the Vatican itself has the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies (of any nation) in the world and is surrounded by walls.
Among leftists, hypocrisy has now become a religion unto itself.