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Anti-Catholic Organizations Speak at Catholic College

Stephen Piggott • Sep 08, 2010

Mark Krikorian, CIS

Tomorrow night, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota will host a public forum on immigration titled, “What Are the Legal and Ethical Boundaries for Dealing with Immigration: Is the New Arizona Law an Appropriate Response?” The forum includes a wide range of guests from Washington D.C. to Arizona and “brings together scholars and nationally known advocates for and against Arizona’s new legislation to share their views on the Arizona law and the issue of immigration in general.”

What is not said in the information bulletin is that two of the groups represented at the forum, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), have a disturbingly anti-Catholic agenda.

Both groups are members of the John Tanton Network, a web of anti-immigrant groups all connected to the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, white nationalist John Tanton.

The Center for Immigration Studies was founded with the help of grant money raised by Tanton, and the Immigration Reform Law Institute is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. While both groups love to bash immigrants, they also have anti-Catholic views.

Amid the devastating aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote the following about Haiti, a country with a large Catholic population:

“My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough…”

Leadership within John Tanton’s signature organization, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has attacked the Catholic Church. FAIR president Dan Stein stated:

“Certainly we would encourage people in other countries to have small families.  Otherwise they’ll all be coming here, because there’s no room at the Vatican. . . . Many immigrants hate America, hate everything the United States stands for.  Talk to some of these Central Americans.”

Rosanna Pulido, a former staff member with FAIR, promoted anti-Catholic bigotry in a 2007 public forum by dismissing the faith of millions of American Catholics when she said,

“The Catholic Church is not Catholicism.  It has nothing to do with Christianity or the Bible.”

Pulido also stated at the same event:

“When you have a Catholic Church that is violating its 501(c)3 by getting involved in political issues; that has been ravaged because of all the children who were molested; and a lot of people upset about that and leaving the church; what better way to fill your pews and fill your offering coffers then with inviting in and giving sanctuary to illegal aliens?”

After reading the comments above from individuals strongly tied to the very groups speaking at the University of St. Thomas, it’s hard to understand why the prestigious Catholic institution would invite organizations with a clear anti-Catholic bias to speak on campus.

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