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Groups blast Peoria bishop’s remarks on Obama

April 20, 2012

The Anti-Defamation League of Chicago has called upon Bishop Daniel Jenky to apologize for stating that “Barack Obama--with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda--now seems intent on following a similar path” to Hitler, Stalin, and others.

Calling the Peoria bishop’s remarks “outrageous, offensive and completely over the top,” Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of Chicago’s Anti-Defamation League, said that “the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust should not have their deaths at the hands of Hitler trivialized by such offensive words.”

In addition, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has called upon the Internal Revenue service to investigate the bishop for “illegal electioneering.”

“Based upon the current government’s threatened infringement upon the Church's religious exercise of its ministry, Bishop Jenky offered historical context and comparisons as a means to prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions," said Patricia Gibson, chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria.

“Bishop Jenky gave several examples of times in history in which religious groups were persecuted because of what they believed,” she added. “We certainly have not reached the same level of persecution. However, history teaches us to be cautious once we start down the path of limiting religious liberty.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 21, 2012 10:11 AM ET USA

    What a sad commentary on our culture when stating and defending objective truths is criticized as being "over the top." Equally sad is when public discourse is emotive rather than logical, when "feelings" are given more weight than facts/truths. A society that limits "reality" to include only that which can be known by the five senses can not long endure. That puts secularist animals in charge of what should be the totally human experience.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2012 9:14 AM ET USA

    Right on, Bishop. Those groups can't handle Truth.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Apr. 20, 2012 11:09 PM ET USA

    Bring in the IRS. That is the favorite tactic. The IRS or the SEC. Liberals are all about pitchfork politics anymore. The fact of the matter is, the bishop has First Amendment rights to free speech, too. Did he say these remarks in a homily? Tough cookies, because homilies are the penultimate in protected First Amendment material. So, yes, bring in the IRS. And show yourselves for the goons you are.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 20, 2012 9:19 PM ET USA

    I am not moved by the fact that Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of Chicago’s Anti-Defamation League, believes that opposition to the deaths of millions of unborn children trivialize “the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust" ” Mr. Nasatir trivializes the Chicago Anti-Defamation League by his remarks, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State has long been a trivial factor in religious life in the U.S.

  • Posted by: jeffrey5844 - Apr. 20, 2012 6:57 PM ET USA

    Thank you Bishop Jenky! May the Holy Spirit continue to lead us through you.

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Apr. 20, 2012 3:58 PM ET USA

    How about if Jenky called for Congregation Captains? In March the President called on African Americans to support his reelection by selecting “Congregation Captain[s]. It's on Youtube: President Obama Announces the 2012 Launch of African Americans for Obama. The Bishop could use the same words and call it: Catholics for Anybody Else.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 20, 2012 8:40 AM ET USA

    The usual suspects are "outraged.". I hope the bishop does not back down.