Friday, October 23, 2009

Timid Catholic?

Family Research Council continues to report on the hate crimes legislation attached to the Defense Authorization bill. Note the 9 Republicans who went along with the crowd (red highlights are mine), particularly one Anh Cao.

Get out your pen, Mr. President. Back on August 17 you made this promise to our veterans: "[I]f Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with... waste, I will veto it." Seven hundred seventy-eight earmarks later, the Defense Authorization bill is still standing. Why? Because House and Senate leaders aren't above playing politics with national security.
In a slap to the face of our servicemen and women, they attached "hate crimes" legislation to the final defense bill, forcing Congress to choose between expanding hate crimes or making our military go without. Unfortunately, House liberals had plenty of help from the GOP in sabotaging the bill. When it was put to a vote, nine Republicans refused to remove hate crimes from the Defense Authorization bill: Bill Cassidy (La.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Todd Platts (Penn.), Charles Dent (Penn.), Greg Walden (Ore.), Judy Biggert (Ill.), Anh Cao (La.), Michael Castle (Del.), and Dave Reichert (Wash.). These Republicans are serving as the enablers for a radical social agenda that could ultimately silence Christians and use the force of government to marginalize anyone whose faith is at odds with homosexuality.
A note about 'enabler' Joseph Anh Cao from Louisiana. He is a Catholic who was hailed by Inside Catholic as representing 'a new generation of Catholics in politics -- a generation with the courage of Dostoevsky’s Alexei who will not follow in the way of the majority of Catholics presently serving in the U. S. Congress.'

Perhaps Cao doesn't understand how the hate crimes legislation can potentially be used to restrict the free speech of his fellow Catholics who believe in defending their Catholic values in the public square as Cao professes that he will do. What happened to his courage in this case?

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