Pope Francis on Homeland Security
Imitating tyrant's violence means we take their place
President Obama: "American leadership in the 21st century isn't a matter of political correctness. This is a matter of understanding just what it is that makes us strong.
The world respects us not just for our arsenal, it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith. His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot
I'm standing on tonight that 'to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.' When politicians insult Muslims, whether abroad, or fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names,
that doesn't make us safer. That's not telling it what--telling it like it is, it's just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world."
Source: 2016 State of the Union address
, Jan 12, 2016
Vatican recognizes Palestinian statehood
Here are some of the major issues on which Pope Francis differs from most Republican politicians:
Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit
, Sep 19, 2015
- He recognizes Palestinian statehood.
The Vatican signed a May treaty that was widely criticized by Jewish leaders in both Israel and the U.S.
- He supports the Iran nuclear deal.
- He wants to open Cuba.
Weapons manufacturers are duplicitous; don't trust them
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry. "If you trust only men you have lost," he said in a long commentary about war, trust and politics. "It makes me think of managers & businessmen who call themselves
Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn't it?" he said to applause.
He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying "duplicity is the currency of today--they say one thing and do another."
Source: The Guardian coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit
, Jun 21, 2015
Other candidates on Homeland Security:
Pope Francis on other issues:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)
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