Saturday, April 19, 2008

American Slavery For The 21st Century
And the religious and secular leaders who advocate it

Who said slavery ended at the close of The War Between The States? I've got a news flash... slavery is alive and well and consistently being revived... hell, nurtured... in both the halls of Congress and those of your diocesan chanceries.

But before I get to the main course, allow me to set the table -- I've pointed out many a time on this blog that not only the secular immigration laws of the United States consider illegal immigration a crime, so does the official teaching of the Catholic Church. Specifically, #2241 of the Catechism states; Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.And lets not forget that there is a little known Catholic teaching centered around the "Four Sins Crying to Heaven for Vengeance".

One of these, is defrauding a laborer of his just wages (Deut 24:14-15; Jas 5:4). Do I really need to tell any of you the horror stories of the hard working American citizens who have gone out of business because of cheap, illegal labor? Guys who use to make a decent living in the various construction trades, who now are working for $7.50 an hour, upwards of 60-80 hours a week just so their kids can eat... just so they don't lose their homes. I don't see a lot of bishops weeping alligator tears for these folks and their kids.

That brings me to the meat and potatoes of this post -- the illegal aliens themselves. The vast majority of them are working for peanuts. Those Economic Benedict Arnolds that illegally hire them fully understand that, and want it that way.

I know for a fact, right here in my little corner of North Carolina (Land of a half million illegals, AKA: Mexico's Newest Colony), there is a certain posh, upscale "luxury condo" complex that was recently completed. At almost a half million clams per condo. I also know for a fact that the majority of the work was done - not with licensed, credentialed, qualified, law abiding, tax paying American construction workers - but with illegals who were paid a fraction of what the American workers would have been paid. Sheesh, why do you think nine Guatemalans live in 2-bedroom apartments?

Isn't that essentially economic slavery that these folks are living under? Of course it is.

Now here's the $64,000 Question: why are our bishops condoning and perpetuating this form of modern day slavery? If these Holier Than Thouists really want to make a difference in the lives of the Mexican, Honduran, Guatemalan, El Salvadorian, et al., campesinos that are streaming into the US, then they should speak-out and do something against the corrupt governments in Central America who shit all over their own people.

Oh... and possibly even shell out whatever money is left from the zillion dollar payouts to the victims of the homo-rapists that they protected. You know, possibly set up some job training centers south of the border. What a novel idea.

Nah, that would make too much sense. And after all, it's easier to blame America for everything.


Blogger Al said...

1st of all, you forgot, these Bishops have no idea what the Catholic Church really teaches.

2nd. They are blind to the slavery aspect as it isn't PC to admit to the truth of that fact. Or any other fact about how it hurts Americans etc.

3rd. I suspect that there is a huge $ involved. By that I mean, they are looking for an influx of new parishoners that will be glad the Catholic Church aided them in breaking the law & will give mucho dollars to the Churches in their diocese. Why "shell out" when you can take in, even if it is blood money.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Milehimama said...

My dh works construction. He was fired 2 weeks ago - the only people left in the department? Two illegal immigrants. Management did bring their son-in-law in to run the department though.

We have seven children. But they're just doing jobs that Americans won't do right? Even though dh worked on that jobsite for 23 months...

8:24 AM  
Blogger HappyCamper said...

That was the best commentary I have read anywhere on the subject. I mean it absolutely rocked! I am sending it out in email with your URL. I can't thank you enough! In fact, my next rosary is for you and the other contributors of this authentically CATHOLIC blog. Go get 'em!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

That's pretty irrefutable in my book. Yeah they do the jobs Americans wont, like mine.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Care if I print out your post & send it along with url to friends, enemies & countrymen? Powerful stuff. Too bad our Holy Father didnt have his speechwriters consult u before he talked on immigration.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Kit Brookside said...

Amen, Cavey! (I'd comment, but you've said it all!)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Please do!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I have nothing to say well said!

5:58 AM  
Blogger SonarMan said...

Wow! I love this post!

My inner city parish is chock full of illegals (suspected), and the pastor and his staff are full bore on the plight of "poor immigrants"!

Most of the "Anglo" members of the parish have gotten the "no Gringos welcome" attitude and went to the other parish accross town.

I gotta spread this post around. Thank you for the CCC source reference.

8:41 AM  

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