Report From Occupied America: CT Congregational Minister Wants Witch Hunt For Immigration Patriots
[Recently by Peter Gadiel:
Connecticut has an official population of about 77,000.
And, according to
Mayor Mark Boughton, an illegal alien population of
invasion of lawbreaking illegals has brought with it
the usual problems of crime, one-family homes occupied
by dozens of illegals, etc.
Nevertheless, for those residents of Danbury whose
entire lifetime accumulations of emotional and financial
assets are invested in their homes, the transformation
of nearby residences into
flophouses is a disaster of the worst sort. Past
experience shows that, unless immediately stopped, one
flophouse will soon become many—quickly followed by the
rapid decline of
surrounding neighborhoods. For people whose homes
represent their cushion against old age and infirmity,
that is a catastrophe.
Danburyites who are already near the bottom of the
economic scale, or who are looking for that first job
after high school or for
summertime work, the invasion of illegals is also a
disaster. Entry-level jobs in the construction trades
are now nearly monopolized by illegals; ditto at
virtually all the
janitorial services, etc., etc.
people in Danbury are unhappy. They have expressed
their unhappiness in legal ways: meetings, internet
websites and Letters to the Editor.
to say, the usual crowd of
Treason Lobbyists, including the
illegals themselves, radical
leftist college students and the ACLU, have raised
the usual bogus claims of "racism" and
"anti-immigrant hatred" etc. etc.
Arrogantly sauntering into this mix is Laura Westby (email
her), the newly-hired Senior Pastor of the
First Congregational Church of Danbury, Connecticut.
In a July
31 letter to the
Rev. Westby proclaimed that people who
oppose illegal immigration should not be allowed
access to the press.
to object to the newspaper`s publication of another
letter from a member of the Danbury
citizens group that has been
protesting the damage
illegal immigration has inflicted on Danbury, on
Connecticut and our country as a whole.
opening paragraph of her letter, Westby says: "One
of the freedoms our Constitution protects is the right
free speech. I am proud to be a citizen of a nation
that highly values such an
open exchange of ideas."
nice. But then Westby reveals her real
interpretation of the First Amendment:
"The exercise of that right is conditioned, however, by the
responsibility to use it for the common good. It is
deeply disappointing to me that The News-Times
would publish letters like that from Midge Short
(letter, July 25, `Illegal
immigrants should go home, pay archive.`).
Letters like this one increase the divisiveness in our
community by shutting down dialogue and demonizing a
group of people. I would urge the editorial page staff
of The News-Times to be more careful in the
selection of letters they publish."
Wrong to publish divisive letters [Pay
So Ms. Westby
is proud that Americans have the right to free speech—so
long as the thoughts they express are the same as her
after all, promote the "common good." Those who
disagree clearly undermine the "common good."
They should not be permitted to express their views in
interesting that Ms. Westby is a minister in the
Congregational Church—now a part of the United Church of
note: Ms. Westby has signed the
NATIONAL WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN for DIALOGUE,
letter which calls for "a Thoughtful, Constructive,
and Respectful Debate on Immigration Reform."]
Congregationalism is the direct successor to the church
of the Puritans, the founders of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony. You may remember that the Puritans` church was
the one which in 1692 decided that certain people in
Salem were causing "divisiveness"
and undermining "the common good" by practicing
Well, we all
know how Ms Westby`s church handled that problem,
to any reader of Westby`s letter that there`s little
difference between her and
Rev. Samuel Parris, the minister who instigated the
mass hysteria that led to the
executions of Salem`s witches.
Ms. Westby`s church doesn`t hold the same power it had
back in 1692.
The rest of
Ms. Westby`s letter is devoted to the usual claptrap we
mouthpieces of the
Open Borders movement and is not worth commenting
upon—except to note that her distortions of fact are
truly of a piece with the methods of
John Hathorne, chief judge of the
Salem Witch Trials.
On the front
of the First Congregational Church of Danbury hangs a
large banner that says: "God is still speaking."
Ms Westby believes God is speaking through her.
The rest of
us must be silenced…for the common good of course.
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Danbury News Times).