WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Former White House spokesperson Robert Weiner and policy analyst Abby Paras just had two op-eds featured in OpEdNews. In the first article, they argue that the abuse of Nancy Pelosi by the Catholic Church through Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s refusal to give her communion due to her pro-choice sentiments and policies, should be condemned. Additionally, the Church should focus on rectifying the various sex abuse scandals, not pro-choice politicians.
They state that “the Catholic Church’s abuse of Pelosi’s religion should be condemned. Catholic Church priests are not allowed to marry or have children, but choose to speak out on the abortion issue and have directly targeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is not only a Catholic, but also a mother and grandmother, and a strong proponent of abortion rights. She is the latest among many Catholic politicians to be barred by a local clergyman from receiving Holy Communion for their pro-choice stances. While not the first and likely won’t be the last politician to receive this treatment from the Church, Pelosi made sure to point out the hypocrisy of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. , saying she was “opposed” to the death penalty. , and ‘The same goes for the church, but they take no action against people who may not share their views.’ This is just the tip of the iceberg. »
They argue that “Pelosi was absolutely right to point out the hypocrisy regarding the death penalty, but should have gone further and brought up the fact that several other Catholic politicians, like Texas Governor Greg Abbott, are anti-abortion. but support the death penalty. , and have not been given the same treatment by the Church. The Catholic Church opposes both abortion and the death penalty, but clearly prioritizes one issue over another. Additionally, Julie Moos, director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, pointed out at an NPC forum on June 24 titled “Covering Faith: How Journalists Can Build Trust,” that 69% of Americans identify as Christian, and 22% of them say they are Catholic. The influence of the Catholic Church on the politics of the United States is significant.
They continue “Furthermore, Pelosi could have highlighted the child sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups. The Catholic Church has a long history of sexual abuse and cover-up, especially of young male members of the Church. It is an ongoing crisis, not only in the United States, but all over the world, including in Vatican City. Due to the statute of limitations, most of these cases are expunged from the court system, as well as from the Church, including that of senior Vatican cardinals. He also encouraged churches to declare bankruptcy to avoid being sued, which in turn would protect priests who abused children. Archbishop Cordileone has actively refused to release the names of clergy accused of sexual abuse in his diocese and has previously claimed that the Catholic Church in the United States is “oppressed”. However, when it comes to the issue of abortion, he has no problem speaking out and criticizing Pelosi and other politicians.
In the second article published by Weiner and Paras, they argue that Britain, which ceded Hong Kong to China in 1997, should speak and act as human rights abuses in Hong Kong continue. Mainland China is tightening its grip on Hong Kong and will continue to do so if the UK does not act.
They establish “the 25th anniversary of Britain’s silence as the main reason for the crackdowns in Hong Kong. Since the creation of the Independence Treaty and ever since, the UK has caved in to Communist takeover, done nothing when it could have and still can. Britain has remained silent on its role in suppressing Hong Kong through inaction despite its initial agreement to secure freedoms since the independence treaty was created and since the UK gave in to the takeover communist, and did nothing when she could have and still can. Freedom of speech and of the press in Hong Kong is rapidly declining as mainland China increasingly asserts its control. The extradition bill that led to the 2019 protests in Hong Kong is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the oppressive policies implemented by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In June 2020, Beijing passed a national security law in Hong Kong that allowed mainland security agencies to establish a presence there. The law has led to mass arrests of pro-democracy activists by the CCP.
They claim “In June 2021, the newsroom of one of the most prominent pro-democracy newspapers, the Apple Daily, was raided and editors were arrested and journalists were threatened with silence.”
They suggest that “Britain must speak out and act to prevent further suppression of free speech in Hong Kong”.
They state: “Since the handover of Hong Kong to China by Britain on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong has lost more and more freedom to mainland China. Although many of these problems stem directly from Chinese government laws aimed at tightening its control over Hong Kong, Britain should not be absolved of responsibility.
They state that “Britain originally acquired Hong Kong in its entirety in 1898. Hong Kong then developed as a Western colony until the 1970s when the CCP began discussing Hong Kong sovereignty . After years of negotiations, the CCP and Britain reached an agreement and signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
They express that “although the treaty stipulates that ‘the present social and economic systems in Hong Kong will remain unchanged, as will the way of life,’ Britain did not negotiate any guarantees or assurances. This was a huge mistake. Clearly mainland China is disregarding the ‘unchanged’ provisions and has been and is claiming Hong Kong as its own The UK government has done nothing to ensure that China will follow the treaty .
Robert Weiner and Ben Lasky
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