Cardinal Chirps Back at Clinton’s Non-Apology

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Hillary Clinton may not be Catholic, but she’s certainly hearing from plenty of them in the wake of her campaign’s email scandal. A week after top officials were caught in the nets of the latest WikiLeaks dump, the Clinton campaign hasn’t offered a peep of an apology, stunning religious and non-religious Americans alike. Had Donald Trump made the offensive remarks that Clinton’s Communications Director had, the mainstream media would be at his doorstep with pitchforks. Instead, Hillary has skated off virtually scot free — unrepentant and unconcerned — to the disgust of many church officials.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the latest church leader to chime in on the remarks, which he considers “extraordinarily patronizing and insulting to Catholics.” Had other faith groups been targeted — like Muslims, for instance, Cardinal Dolan thinks the campaign’s response would have been swift and severe. But apparently, bigotry against Catholics, including calling them “severely backwards,” is okay. “If it had been said about the Jewish community, if it had been said about the Islamic community, within 10 minutes there would have been an apology and a complete distancing from those remarks. Hasn’t happened yet,” Dolan said.

Don’t hold your breath for one ever happening, most think. Despite running-mate Tim Kaine’s longstanding involvement with the Catholic Church (which you wouldn’t know by his policy positions), Hillary Clinton isn’t sorry. Whether it’s her campaign or herself, hostility toward religion has been one of the most consistent aspects about the former Secretary’s career. If the campaign won’t apologize for mocking people of faith, it’s highly unlikely they would be sorry for further marginalizing them with their policies in office!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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