Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has joined with several priests of his diocese in a strong critique of US immigration law. Well OK, a bishop should be free to criticize legislation. But...
In their public statement, the bishop and his priests ask immigration officials "to allow agents to excuse themselves from participating in raids if such actions are not in conformity with their faith and conscience." Now hold on just one minute.
If you don't think American immigration law is just, you shouldn't be working as an enforcement agent. You're not required to enforce those laws; you're always free to quit your job. But you are not free to continue collecting your salary, living off the taxpayers' expense, while refusing to carry out your assigned duties.
How could anyone possibly think that it's acceptable for someone to draw his pay while shirking his responsibilities?
Oh, wait. Bishop Tobin is a member of the American Catholic hierarchy.
I withdraw the question.
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