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Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: Easter Question: Which Church Is The Top Treason Lobbyist
I strongly object, however, to the word "treason" in his article`s title as it applies to religious leaders.
Stupid—yes; misguided—yes. But "treason" implies knowingly and deliberately engaging with evil intent. Christ never promised us perfect clergy, only that the gates of hell would not prevail.
Look at the record of the Anglican Church for the past 500+ years. There remains an amazing pocket of great faith practicing within a body of bureaucratic Erastians.
Peter Brimelow replies: I usually explain that we merely use "treason" to describe immigration enthusiasm in the same warm, joshing sense that immigration enthusiasts use "racist", "xenophobe "nativist", etc. to describe patriotic immigration reformers. But since our reader asks, yes, I do think that some religious leaders have evil intent.