I've been saying this for a long time:
An illegal immigrant was employed for several years by a large agricultural consortium near my home. He was a dedicated and hard worker. He ended up in charge of watering and feeding hundreds of cattle. He was paid about $500 dollars a month and lived in a rundown farmhouse with other “migrant” workers.
His salary was paid in cash. He had no social security number. There were no payments to SSA, no income taxes. His employer provided no disability insurance.
This farm worker severely injured his hand and was unable perform his job. The company he worked for immediately fired him. They could not afford the possibility of his illicit employment being discovered.
Like most illegal immigrants, this man was nothing more than an indentured servant. He was of less value than a slave, since his employer had no pecuniary interest in him.
So why the high moral ground with liberals? Illegal immigrants aren't awarded the same rights and privileges that legal immigrants and residents are and the people who exploit them know that. Remember this when someone complains about Arizona's "draconian" policies.
Take this with whatever grain of salt you want. It is, after all, the UN.
Clueless in Ontario:
I'll say-Pope’s visit brings out the worst in Britain:
Great Britain has been a hotbed of rabid anti-Catholicism since Henry VIII had Saint Thomas More rubbed out for disagreeing with him.
Saint Thomas More- one of England's first whistleblowers
The tradition of "anti-popery" is nothing new nor is nuanced by any legitimate criticism. This makes Benedict XVI's work cut out for him, which he does superbly:
The evangelization of culture is all the more important in our times, when a "dictatorship of relativism" threatens to obscure the unchanging truth about man’s nature, his destiny and his ultimate good. There are some who now seek to exclude religious belief from public discourse, to privatize it or even to paint it as a threat to equality and liberty. Yet religion is in fact a guarantee of authentic liberty and respect, leading us to look upon every person as a brother or sister. For this reason I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful, in accordance with your baptismal calling and mission, not only to be examples of faith in public, but also to put the case for the promotion of faith’s wisdom and vision in the public forum. Society today needs clear voices which propose our right to live, not in a jungle of self-destructive and arbitrary freedoms, but in a society which works for the true welfare of its citizens and offers them guidance and protection in the face of their weakness and fragility. Do not be afraid to take up this service to your brothers and sisters, and to the future of your beloved nation.
Yes. Here, his Holiness (yes, Holiness) warns of relativism and the deliberate disconnect between religion and public discourse. How have either of those things helped us on the whole? We have removed the impetus to hold in regard the sanctity of human life and belief. All religions aren't the same. All humans aren't the same yet we should still find that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Why would this "papist" thought be so foreign to atheists and liberals who claim to hold human worth in so high regard? I've seen evidence to the contrary.
Related: Father DeSouza is fantastic.
My God- what have we become?