Topic category: Religion & Philosophy in the News
Message to Paul Ryan: A Good Catholic Would Do His or Her Best to Stop Hillary Clinton and Support the Alternative, Donald Trump, Enthusiastically
Catholics and Evangelicals are among those sorely disappointed to learn that 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had spoken crudely in a private conversation with a member of the Bush family more than a decade ago.
Pauk Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Catholic Republican and former alter boy who sends his children to Catholic school and chose not to run for President himself this year, withdrew his unenthusiastic support for Trump as a result of the public disclosure of Trump's bad words.
Then Wikileaks public released something much worse: Clinton World email mocking Catholics and Evangelicals.
God works in mysterious ways.
What will Ryan do now?
Is Ryan humble enough to admit that he should be enthusiastically supporting Trump and beginning doing so?
Does Ryan realize that God works in mysteries ways?
Does Ryan realize what God can do with sinners?
Does Ryan remember that a sinner named Saul became a saint named Paul and helped mightily to spread Christianity throughout the world?
Does Ryan respect America's Catholic pro-life champion, Father Frank Pavone.
Father Pavone recently stated:
"These unfortunate comments from Mr. Trump's past should not affect pro-life voters at all in terms of how they vote in the presidential race, because the alternative to Trump is monumentally worse – not only in terms of the candidate personally, but of the entire army that follows him or her into so many offices like secretary of state, of HHS, surgeon general, attorney general, and thousands of other positions, not to mention the courts.
"We don't just elect an individual to the presidency; we elect an entire army of people whose worldview is marked by the party platform.
"Moreover, in light of the specific faults of Mr. Trump, I offer the following observations:
Father Pavone is absolutely right.
St. Paul saw the light and repented.
We are imperfect, but not irredeemable.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, a Democrat presidential hopeful, was embarrassed when his anti-Semitic remarks went public in 1984.
The Washington Post, which has been focused on stopping Trump, told the story this way (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/jackson.htm):
"Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as 'Hymies' and to New York City as 'Hymietown' in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman, but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson's rocky relations with American Jews.
"A storm of protest erupted, and Jackson at first denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. The Nation of Islam's radical leader Louis Farrakhan, an aggressive anti-Semite and old Jackson ally, made a difficult situation worse by threatening Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson's presence: 'If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm.'
"Finally, Jackson doused the fires in late February with an emotional speech admitting guilt and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue. Yet Jackson refused to denounce Farrakhan, and lingering, deeply rooted suspicions have led to an enduring split between Jackson and many Jews. The frenzy also heightened tensions between Jackson and the mostly white establishment press."
Trump did not deny his vulgar words.
Trump apologized for them.
Vulgar words should not be spoken, even in a private conversation between two men, of course, but such vulgarity pales before the mocking of Catholics, or Evangelicals, or Jews.
Ryan needs to understand that, repent HIS political sins and work harder than he has ever worked before to elect Trump President of the United States and make America great again.
Ryan should do so now, because it is critical that Trump instead of Hillary Clinton wins.
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