By WILLIAM J. KELLY
The 13 in 2013
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a superstitious person. It’s bad luck if you are walking and a black cat crosses your path; or step on a crack and break your back; or walk under a ladder. There are so many other superstitions, none of which have any scientific backing.
The fact that Friday the 13th is considered unlucky has a name – Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Good luck pronouncing it! I’m not superstitious, but just in case, I canceled surgery on my knee scheduled for today. I’ll bet you are just like me. What do you think?
A good number of Catholic Bishops from the Catholic Conference of Bishops asked the priests of the many dioceses in the country to offer masses this past Sunday that focused “on the need to pass a human immigration reform bill that would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.” They said, “No human being made in the image of God is illegal,” according to quotes published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The article also has remarks made by ministers of other faiths.
One could not find fault with the actual remarks because they are all well meaning, altruistic and made in good faith. These people have entered the country illegally under our present immigration law and should be dealt with under that law. We should not make special laws just to deal with a special type of offense.
One reverend said, “You just can’t kick them out.” Why not? As we find them, send them home. We are not responsible for their family disruptions or their choice to enter our country illegally. If we are going to make special laws for this type of criminal, will we then begin to make special laws for other criminal types? The real question we need to ask ourselves is, are we American citizens to be the only people who must obey the laws of our land or suffer the consequences if we do not?