Catholic bishop Jaime Soto denounces “campaign of terror being forced upon families at the border”

This is not just about the Southern border. Jihad Watch reported last April that “the U.S. Catholic bishops submitted a brief to the Supreme Court declaring that President Donald Trump’s ban on migration from five Muslim countries was ‘blatant religious discrimination.’”

Is it really?

And do the U.S. Catholic bishops feel any obligation to support measures that would protect Americans from jihad attacks? Apparently not. The message that the bishops are sending to Americans is simple: drop dead. The U.S. Catholic bishops appear to be absolutely unconcerned about the following facts: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant, in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant, in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. 72 jihad terrorists have come to the U.S. from the countries listed in Trump’s initial immigration ban.

What’s more, all of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.

The bishops have never expressed any concern about any of this. They are completely in line with Pope Francis, who has claimed risibly that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” This has become a superdogma in the Catholic Church: if you don’t believe that Islam is a Religion of Peace, you will be ruthlessly harassed and silenced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the hierarchy elsewhere as well. The bishops of the Catholic Church are much more concerned that you believe that Islam is a religion of peace than that you believe in, say, the Nicene Creed. And so what possible reason could there be to be concerned about these “refugees”? It’s a religion of peace!

The bishops, of course, have 91 million reasons — indeed, 534 million reasons — to turn against the truth and disregard the safety and security of the American people: “In the Fiscal Year 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received more than $91 million in government funding for refugee resettlement. Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received a total of $534,788,660 in taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement programs.”

And now, with Catholics all over the country, some quite prominent, publicly denying basic aspects of the Catholic Faith, the U.S. bishops are considering barring people from communion for their political views.

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

“Chaplains of the Left,” by Lloyd Billingsley, FrontPage, June 29, 2018:

“The sounds and sights of young immigrants and their families being forcibly separated at the border is a gut-wrenching human tragedy,” writes the Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. “The current administration has orchestrated this catastrophe, unmoved by the howling human cost.” The bishop decries “scenes of young infants yanked from their mothers’ arms” in a “campaign of terror being forced upon families at the border.”

And so on, except for the substitution of “yanked” for “ripped,” the Rev. Soto borrows the boilerplate rhetoric of leftist Democrats and parrots their borderless agenda as well. He says “the welfare of children and families should be non-negotiable” but readers might wonder.

The administration of POTUS 44 deported thousands of illegals and separated children from their parents, putting them in the care of crony profiteers from the National Council of La Raza. The Rev. Soto, whose diocese includes one million parishioners in 20 counties, kept rather quiet about that, but he’s eager to target the Trump administration and its “campaign of terror.”

Thousands of parents in Mexico and Central American have broken up their own families and placed minor children, many pre-teens, in the hands of criminal smugglers. That is child abuse on a massive scale, but the Rev. Soto spares the delinquent parents any moral criticism. So the reader could believe he approves of family breakup.

Human trafficking is a serious crime but the Rev. Soto does not subject these criminals to condemnation or criticism. Readers might wonder why this Roman Catholic Bishop looks the other way at this vile trade.

The default explanation of the open-border crowd is that Central American minors and adults alike are fleeing repression and violence in their own countries. The Rev. Jaime Soto issues no condemnation of governments in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and names no repressive policies that might prompt people to flee.

Mexico has been a virtual one-party state since the 1920s and not exactly a model for democracy and human rights. But if the Mexican government ever did anything with which the Rev. Soto disagrees, it does not emerge with any clarity.

Many Central Americans claim to be fleeing gang violence, but the Rev. Soto issues no criticism of the murderous Salvadoran MS-13 gang. If the fear of gang violence is real, the Rev. Soto does not make the case why any Central American should therefore move to the United States when they would be safe in many other countries.

The Rev. Soto appears to believe that all Central Americans, and by extension all people in the world, have a right to live in the United States, and that the massive influx of unskilled workers is an unalloyed blessing for the United States. The Rev. Soto does not denounce document fraud, hardly a victimless crime. So observers could be forgiven for believing the he does not hold the rule of law in high esteem. The Bishop also seems unaware that false-documented illegals commit crimes.

In 2014, previously deported Mexican national Luis Bracamontes gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. This took place right in Sacramento, in the Rev. Soto’s parish, but the Mexican’s conviction on murder charges did not move the bishop to compose a commentary condemning the killer, nor to express sympathy for the victims….

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