Daniel Jenky (above), bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, said this of President Obama this past weekend:
Remember that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches like the first disciples locked up in the Upper Room. In the late 19th century, Bismarck waged his “Kulturkampf,” a Culture War, against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.
Clemenceau, nicknamed “the priest eater,” tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century. Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda — now seems intent on following a similar path.
Whoa! This bishop is equating the policies of Barack Obama, who also happens to be a Christian, with closing churches and forcing the faithful to huddle in fear and is likening him to the two worst mass murderers of the 20th century!
Is that going overboard or what!
This reminds me of when Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford SAID in a diocesesan newspaper column of nearly six years ago that the Democrats are the party of “abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation.”
And Doran, in a vein similar to that of Jenky, went on to compare Democrats with the Nazis in World War II and said theirs is “the party of death.”
UPDATE: A Peoria rabbi also is DEMANDING AN APOLOGY from Bishop Jenky.