Following Pope Francis’ encouraging comments in an 85-page document written by the leader of the Catholic Church, it goes without saying that Republicans wouldn’t be very happy.
Nothing quite like having the most recognized religious leader on the planet bash your entire economic ideology. Especially when your party claims to be based largely on Christian principles.
Well, following these comments, I found some exclusive reactions by several leading conservatives expressing their absolute disdain that Pope Francis might dare to act like a Christian.
First up was Texas Senator Ted Cruz who, as many of you know, was raised by an evangelical minister who’s claimed that communism and evolution go hand in hand — so you know Senator Cruz is a true “religious expert.”
Upon hearing what the Pope wrote, Cruz said:
“He clearly doesn’t understand the true meaning of Christianity. I’m not sure what kind of socialist upbringing he’s had, but true Christian principles are found in taking from the poor — not giving to them. How will the poor ever better themselves if we don’t make them work for it, at a very low paying wage? We can’t continue to let Obamacare corrupt the Pope, which it clearly has.”
Echoing Cruz’s comments, Michele Bachmann also had this to say:
“I don’t know about you guys, but this Pope sounds like a communist who hates America and doesn’t understand the Bible. This radical liberal talk of accepting people, not judging others and helping the poor must stop. Talk like that isn’t from any form of Christianity that I’ve ever heard of.”
Rush Limbaugh chimed in later in the day, saying:
“Look, I know Pope Francis thinks he knows something about religion, but he obviously doesn’t. God and religion are tools meant to stir up fear, hate, anger and paranoia within people so they’re easier to manipulate. And I’ll tell you what, this hopeful demeanor this new Pope has seems very similar to that of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. And we all know President Obama is the anti-christ. The last thing Americans need is hope. Pope Francis might need to take a few classes in American Christianity before he offers any more insight because the stuff he’s talking about, the Koch brothers just won’t like.”
Alex Jones was particularly outraged about the Pope’s comments:
“This is clearly a false flag perpetuated by the New World Order to indoctrinate the Catholic religion with actual Christian principles instead of the ignorant, hateful, judgmental system of beliefs they’ve proudly shared for centuries. I blame the government. They’ve clearly implanted a microchip into the Pope’s brain and have full control over everything he says and does.”
And finally, Sarah Palin voiced her displeasure with Pope Francis:
“Look, I don’t know what kind of squirrely things this Pope thinks he’s up to, but in America we know Christianity. We know the great white hope, the American named Jesus Christ blessed all of us good Americans with the power to determine what real Christian values are. Pope Francis might want to come on up to Alaska and see what real Christianity is. Because what he seems like to me is some kind of a socialist liberal who hates freedom. I’m not sure what kind of Jesus he’s been taught about in whatever liberal schools he’s gone to, but here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. we know about the real Jesus. I guess Obama’s reach has no bounds as he’s clearly infiltrated the Vatican and convinced Pope Francis to follow his Marxist, fascist, socialist, communist Muslim beliefs.”
Alright, I’m sure by now most of you probably figured out these comments aren’t real. Sorry. What is real is the fact that we have what may be the most progressive Pope to come along yet — and certainly in any of our lifetimes.
Hell, we’ve already had Sarah Palin say that he seems too “liberal,” but she’d need to “look into it” further. And that’s just the beginning.
In fact, I received several comments from conservatives pertaining to communism and socialism after the Pope bashed trickle-down economic theories.
To have the Pope almost directly call out the very foundation for which the entire Republican economic policy is based is a much bigger deal than most people presently think. It’s one thing to have liberals say Republican economic policies are a scam, but for the leader of the Catholic Church to say it — well, that’s a whole different ballgame.
How can Republicans counter that? Do they dare claim that the Pope — the leader of the Catholic Church — knows less about real Christianity than they do? If they attack the Pope’s message, then they risk alienating millions of Catholic voters.
It’s going to be extremely interesting to see how Republican leaders go forward with comments such as these by Pope Francis gaining worldwide notoriety. Eventually reporters are going to press a few of these politicians, and they’re going to be forced to answer questions about Pope Francis directly calling out trickle-down economics and saying the facts don’t support the theory.
And I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see what they’ll have to say.
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