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February 18, 2016

Pope Francis: Anyone Who Builds Walls Is Not a Christian

Apparently Christian brotherhood also requires an Open Borders policy.

Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

The Pope, who was traveling back to Rome from Mexico, where he urged the United States to address the "humanitarian crisis" on its southern border, declined to say whether American Catholics should vote for Trump.

But Francis left little doubt where he stood on the polarizing issue of immigration reform.

"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," the Pope told journalists who asked his opinion on Trump's proposals to halt illegal immigration.

Trump immediately fired back on Thursday, calling Francis' comments "disgraceful."

Trump then added a bunch of blustery Trump stuff.

Still, I think he's right. There are a lot of conservative Catholic Francis apologists pretending right now that this is entirely metaphorical, and when Francis speaks of "building walls" he means only metaphorical walls. Rather than, as is obvious, physical walls, with the metaphor of divisions between Christian fellowship attached to those walls.

There's also the matter that he seemed to have been asked specifically about Trump.

This is a socialist/internationalist conceit -- that the third world has the right to pick up and move itself to America, if it wants to, and that it is evil, wrong, racist, and now also unchristian for America to insist upon its borders and insist that it gets to decide who gets to come here and become a citizen.

And of course it's not just Francis who's convinced of this socialist/internationalist conceit -- it's the WSJ, it's all the Democrat Party, and it's half of the Republican Party too.

The Full Question and Response. Here. This is not nearly as baffling and esoteric as some are pretending it to be.

One guy said he's tired of having people attempting to "popesplain" Francis' very clear, and very left-leaning, religio-political claims.

Rubio? Via Hot Air, Rubio actually weighs in on this -- against the Pope's position.




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