In a peculiar, rambling essay, papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaro SJ has caricatured white southern evangelicals as well as conservative American Catholics as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics anxiously awaiting the apocalypse.
But is this really so? The story that has dominated religious liberty discussions in the U.S. since 2011 has been that of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns that was harassed by the Obama administration under the HHS mandate of the Affordable Care Act and made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Do Spadaro and Figueroa really believe that the good sisters were fighting for “some influence in the political and parliamentary sphere” rather than simply asking to live according to their religious beliefs?
The sweeping generalizations of Spadaro and Figueroa and their evident lack of familiarity with the complex religious landscape in the United States prompts concern about the quality of advice that Pope Francis is receiving from close advisers.
After insulting American evangelicals, in fact, Spadaro and Figueroa go on to assail those “who profess themselves to be Catholic” but express themselves in ways “much closer to Evangelicals.”
Black then added, "This sarin gas claim mirrored the mysterious redline attack of 2013. With scarcely any evidence, Washington blamed President Bashar al-Assad and hastily prepared for war, but there was no motive to kill civilians with poison gas."
"The redline allegations were debunked by Pulitzer prize-winning author Seymour Hersh, who published the red line and the ratline," Black said. "Seymour Hersh documented how Turkish intelligence agents had supplied terrorists with sarin gas and rockets to attack the Goethe suburb in 2013. Turkey launched the redline attack, not Syria."
"CIA program Timber Sycamore has armed and trained terrorists to invade Syria since 2012," Black said. "Battle-hardened jihadists from camps in Jordan Qatar Turkey and Saudi Arabia have murdered Christians and other moderates in Syria before returning home to spread a tsunami of Terror across the globe."
"This sarin gas attack was a fake," said Black. "The media's failure to question Syria's motive was a disgrace. Syria had no reason to use poison gas on civilians and we had no lawful justification for attacking their country. Concha kun was another link in the chain of deceitful actions against the legitimate, duly elected Syrian government."
"America's war on the Syrian people is cruel and morally abhorrent," the Virgina state senator said. "We must stop arming terrorists and end America's proxy war on Syria."