Bannon tells the secular truth about religious perfidy

By Donald A. Collins | 8 September 2017
Church and State

Bannon says the Catholic Church has “economic interest” in “unlimited illegal immigration”. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

In a critical hour long CBS interview the point this web site has argued for years was finally articulated by a surprising source – former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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In his first extensive interview since leaving the Trump administration, Bannon is speaking out about Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. The Obama-era policy protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Bannon spoke to Charlie Rose in an interview that will air this Sunday, Sept. 10, on “60 Minutes.” He says the Catholic Church has an economic interest in unlimited illegal immigration. But this RC position is not doctrine.

Steve Bannon: Look, what he did on DACA the other day. Okay, I don’t agree with that DACA decision, but I understand how he struggled with it, I understand how he’s giving the possibility of a legislative thing. And he said even last night in a tweet – even in a tweet, he would rethink it. Trust me, the guys in the far right, the guys on the conservative side are not happy with this.

Charlie Rose: Can I remind you, a good Catholic, that Cardinal [Timothy] Dolan is opposed to what’s happened with DACA? Cardinal Dolan.

Bannon: The Catholic Church has been terrible about this.

Rose: Okay.

Bannon: The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why? Because unable to really – to – to – to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. That’s – it’s obvious on the face of it. That’s what – the entire Catholic bishops condemn him. … They have – they have an economic interest. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration. And as much as –

Rose: Boy, that’s a tough thing to say about your church.

Bannon: As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all. I totally respect the pope and I totally respect the Catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine. This is not about doctrine. This is about the sovereignty of a nation. And in that regard, they’re just another guy with an opinion.

How ironic that from a member of Trump’s right wing Catholic inner circle advisers we should get this lightning bolt of civic insight when this same faction includes Kellyann Conway and Evangelical fanatic Pence whose views on women’s reproductive rights ignore their basic human rights.

Bannon understands how adding the huge numbers of unneeded aliens since 1965 has hurt our society but fails to equate women’s lack of choice to the most basic dilemma our planet faces that of our burgeoning human numbers – now up from 2 billion in 1930 to 7.5 billion en route to over 9 billion by 2050.

The plain truth is not out on CBS and 60 Minutes which has an impeccable truth telling record should this revealing quote get a highlight this coming Sunday. Of course Trump remains indifferent to any policy position that doesn’t play to his perceived benefit so I suspect Bannon’s Catholic revelation, so clearly true, yet off message will continue to be muted not only by Trump but by CBS’s 60 Minutes? Watch this Sunday to find out.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

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Back in 1991, the NGO Don Collins founded in 1976, International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF), co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates Collins and his colleagues contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.

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