‘Man bites dog’ is. That’s why it’s news when George Will, Glenn Beck, and Hugh Hewitt break with the Conservative Media Hive Mind and argue that desperate poor children at the border should be treated like human beings and not like the disease-bearing alien terrorists that haunt the imagination of the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife right wing media’s vile jingoist agitprop. May their tribe increase.
The good news is that, among my solidly conservative Catholic readership (admittedly a subset of American conservatism, but still a big voice), the bulk of the response is swinging toward the obvious Catholic teaching about the Good Samaritan, the parable of the Sheep and the Goats and the Corporal Works of Mercy and away from the secular right wing Malthusian baloney that is currently mouthing all the Planned Parenthood rubbish about overpopulation and scarce resources. A few years ago the secular right was all atwitter about demographic winter and the terror of Muslims outbreeding us. Now all of a sudden, when the Christian children are from Honduras and not American wombs, we are hearing that this will break the back of our economy, so we have to, oh, what’s the word I’m looking for?, abort their pleas for help and remand them to rape, sex slavery and death. What rot.
I am really heartened by the refusal of the bulk of my readers to drink this vile KoolAid. The Holy Spirit is making a dent in the discourse of the right, thanks be to God.