Sunday, March 26, 2006
"Hillary Clinton contends that based on "my understanding of the Scripture," a GOP bill to crack down on illegal immigration by making it a felony to be in this country unlawfully "would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."
Now, the senator's words may have been politically wise. She's been taking heavy fire from the left for being so noticeably silent on the whole illegal immigration issue - so why not wade in with a pronouncement that's sure to grab headlines?
But Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, rightly wonders just what she's talking about.
Did Jesus illegally smuggle would-be immigrants into the Holy Land?
Actually, King's bill, which Clinton condemns, is aimed at those who cynically make a buck off of those who are willing to risk coming here illegally and those who abuse those people once they're here.
He says he finds it hard to believe that Jesus would risk lives by crowding hundreds of people on board a broken-down ship for a dangerous sea journey, or marching them across a desert with no food and water, or abandoning them at the border.
To be sure, this isn't the first time Hillary has uttered such nonsense in an effort to bolster her Bible Belt credentials. Last fall, she compared the plight of Hurricane Katrina refugees to Mary and Joseph searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem, adding caustically: "At least they didn't have to worry about FEMA."
Fortunately, Congress will decide such issues based on what's in the Constitution, not the Scriptures (or Pastor Hillary's interpretation of them, anyway).
Praise the Lord."