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The Firing Of U.S. House Chaplain And Rep. John Faso

GARDINER – There are now religious wars in Congress. Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House, fired the Chaplin, Jesuit priest Father Patrick Conroy, whose sin was delivering a prayer to Congress when the new tax bill passed. He prayed "to guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans." Ryan allegedly told him, "Padre, you just got to stay out of politics" and soon abruptly fired him. John Boehner, the former Republican House speaker, did not regard the prayer as political. House Democrats came to defense of the chaplain’s Christian charity. One Republican, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, joined them. The New York Times indicated that among Republican representatives there is tension between Catholics and Evangelical Christians. You might wonder how our Congressman John Faso stood on the matter. He was busy supporting the party line on food stamps, sending people to work in order to qualify. He tried to tell us that his Republican party is improving the program, which translates into you do not eat, if you do not work. Just picture hungry kids on the street corner begging for food because their parent is too disabled to work. Sure Mr. Faso; support your party and save some money so you can give more to your rich patrons.

Hal Chorny
Gardiner



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