A political party that tries to define itself with their version of religious liberty has quite a few policy disagreements with one of the world’s most powerful religious leaders. The Pope’s feelings on income inequality and immigration are two issues that should make Republicans squirm.
The cynical eye with which Republicans are treating the Pope’s visit is demonstrated by Mitch McConnell’s plan to hold a vote to defund Planned Parenthood on the same day that Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress. Instead of creating political opportunity, the visit by Pope Francis is already reinforcing how out of touch Republicans are with the rest of the world.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.