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Pelosi has situational religious ethics

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- At the intersection of religion and immigration, you'll find the bogus sanctimony of St. Nancy of San Francisco.

Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was outraged when James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting did something that members of the media typically don't do with Democrats: He challenged her. In questioning her motives for pursuing the impeachment of President Trump, Rosen dropped the "H-bomb." He asked Pelosi if she hates Trump.

Pelosi took the question as a personal attack. She insisted that she didn't hate Trump. In fact, she said, "I don't hate anybody."

But Pelosi also didn't hold back in sharing her opinion of Trump.

"I think this president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence," she said. "I think that he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers, of whom we are very proud of."

For dramatic effect, Pelosi even played the Catholic card. Trampling our nation's tradition of separation of church and state -- a principle that liberals are quick to defend against any sign of encroachment by the religious right -- the Speaker gave Rosen a sermon.

 

"As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me," she said. "I don't hate anyone. I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

Later, at a CNN Town Hall, Pelosi again brought up religion.

"We were raised in the Catholic faith and the word 'hate a person' was just -- that just didn't happen," she said. "The word 'hate' is a terrible word. ... So for him to say that was really disgusting to me."

It's not my place to say if Pelosi is a bad person, or a bad Catholic.

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