Conservatives Are Forgetting What Jesus Said in Their Criticism of Pope Francis’ Wall Comments

When it comes to taking rights away from other people, nothing is more important to conservatives that meeting biblical demands (or at least those demands they attribute to the Bible). Oddly enough, that paramount importance is lost when following biblical principles would interfere with enacting conservative policy. And conservatives go to great lengths to explain away or ignore those parts of the Bible.

For example, Pope Francis’ recent comments about Donald Trump? Well they present a veritable case study in conservative eagerness to disregard scripture. When asked, the Pope said:

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.

This has since prompted a flurry of responses from conservatives — including the following, from (Catholic) Sean Hannity:


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Researcher Finds That the Old and New Testament Are Both More Violent Than the Qur’an

Which book is more violent: The Qur’an or the Bible?

Based on a textual analysis of the documents, software engineer Tom Anderson has an answer that will not please conservative Christians.


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How Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Background Might Impact the Election

Though it wasn’t the main narrative coming out of the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders made history that night as the first American Jew to win a primary in a major party’s nominating contest. That this flew under the radar is not surprising. Sanders only really talks about his faith when asked. It’s never been a big focus for him. But as national polls put him neck and neck with Clinton and more people view him as a serious contender for the presidency, it’s fair to wonder what role his faith might play in the election.


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Report Says Catholic Hospitals Are Putting Women’s Lives in Danger Due to Religious Directives

Over the past several years, there has been a sharp uptick in the number of Catholic hospitals in the U.S. In 2013, a joint study by MergerWatch and the ACLU found that the ten largest hospital networks in the nation were Catholic-affiliated, a result of sections in the Affordable Care Act that encourage and facilitate mergers. In most of these mergers, Catholic organizations featured as dominant partners.

In theory, this spike in mergers should have saved struggling hospitals and maintained community access to healthcare while creating more efficient systems that lowered the cost of that healthcare. And it might have, too, if the Catholic organizations involved had not shaped their medical directives to advance religious beliefs over patient health.


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Donald Trump Praises General Who Allegedly Killed 49 Muslims with Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t get any worse, he finds a way to outdo himself.

This time, he told a (fictional, as far as we can tell) story involving torture and murder of Muslims in order to show them a lesson.


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