Friday, February 19, 2016
It's 24 hours after the initial Reuters-inflamed conflagration, and a few things have become clear.
The facts are now easily available to anyone who wishes to find them.
What has become clear is this: to a large group of people out there, the facts don't matter.
They hate the Pope, they hate the Catholic Church.
It doesn't matter what the Pope actually said.
The fact that Trump attacked the Pope is manna to them.
There are even Catholics in this group.
They want to hate, and they are not going to let ANYONE take their hatred away by citing a few tawdry facts.
So, it doesn't matter that the Pope didn't actually say Trump wasn't Christian.
It doesn't matter that the Vatican is a 100% immigrant city, with absolutely open borders, a nation state that has already taken in refugee families and whose leader has directed every European parish, monastery and shrine to take in refugee families.
It doesn't matter that the Pope has never said people should not build any walls, but has instead said that someone who wants to build only walls is not Christian. It does not matter that the Pope even expressed doubt that anyone would hold such a position.
All that matters to the people who are now pushing this meme is that they have a legitimate political opportunity to express hatred and contempt for this Pope, and by extension, for the Catholic Church.
They thank God and the MSM for giving them the chance to spew out their anti-Catholic hatred. This is a golden opportunity to legitimately express bigotry, and by heaven!, they will not miss the chance.
Posted by Steve Kellmeyer at 11:38 AM