Monday, August 06, 2007

Anti-immigrant and Anti-Catholic

Fr. Jim points out something I hadn't thought of, namely that Anti-Immigrant agitation often has anti-Catholicism as an ingredient:

I didn't realize that nearly forty percent of Catholics in the United States are Hispanic. It's worth noting that in today's immigration controversies, there are some very real strains of anti-Catholicism (a "foreign religion") mixed in with the other prejudices. This shouldn't be very surprising, inasmuch as the even more frantic agitation against immigration in our grandparents' and great-grandparents' day was a traditional blend of xenophobia and anti-Catholicism, too.

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