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I don&rsquo;t believe Pope Francis came here with the intention of being political but many liberal pundits and politicians are claiming that since the Pontiff is speaking out on behalf of immigrants, the poor, and Planet Earth, that somehow President Obama has some Heavenly blessing to plow full speed ahead with higher taxes, open borders, and increased business regulations.<br />\n I&rsquo;m not sure if it&rsquo;s funny or pathetic that libs are gushing all over the Pope&rsquo;s message of peace and compassion as if this is the first time they&rsquo;ve ever heard that from a Christian. Maybe liberals should open the Bible occasionally instead of waiting on papal visits for these &ldquo;revelations.&rdquo;<br />\n By reading the Bible, liberals like Barack Obama might discover that Christians in general believe in helping the less fortunate, the truly persecuted immigrants, and they believe in taking care of the planet. It&rsquo;s just that politically conservative Christians don&rsquo;t believe that the Bible calls for inefficient, budget busting government programs to solve these problems.<br />\n I did become slightly irritated by the Pope&rsquo;s implication that the United States should do more to help the poor. In the 50 years since LBJ declared a war on poverty, the United States has spent over $22 trillion dollars on anti-poverty programs in our country and the problem still exists.<br />\n Granted the majority of the poor in the United States have roofs over their heads with air conditioning and running water. Not to mention a large percentage also drive their own cars, own television sets, eat three solid meals a day along with free public education at their disposal. Hardly the kind of poverty Pope Francis experienced in his home town of Buenos Aires. I guess Jesus was right when he said in the book of John &ldquo;You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BUT WHAT was even more nauseating than liberal pundits&rsquo; reactions to the papal visit was President Obama&rsquo;s pulpit-like welcome to Pope Francis at the White House. President Obama carried on like a bad preacher blathering on as if he were on equal footing with the Vicar of Christ he was welcoming.<br />\n In his remarks President Obama told His Holiness &ldquo;Here in the United States, we cherish religious liberty. It was the basis for so much of what brought us together. And here in the United States, we cherish our religious liberty.&rdquo;<br />\n The president babbled, &ldquo;So we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation.&rdquo; Uh, Mr. President did anyone tell the Pope that a county clerk in Kentucky was thrown in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples? Or that a bakery was ordered to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding?<br />\n Speaking of religious liberty, President Obama also failed to mention that Democrats are forcing businesses to pay for contraception and morning after pills despite religious objections. Oh, and we can&rsquo;t forget that Democrats are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans don&rsquo;t include Planned Parenthood abortion funding in the next budget.<br />\n President Obama made numerous other holier than thou type statements during his welcome which is ironic considering the Pope&rsquo;s, visit comes one day after senate Democrats lead by Harry Reid blocked a procedural measure that would have brought a late term abortion ban bill to the floor.</p>\n<p> ON BEHALF of U.S. Christians everywhere, I apologize to Pope Francis for his being used as a political pawn. But we shouldn&rsquo;t be surprised, we live in a country where a Muslim kid can bring a cheap clock disguised as a bomb to school and instantly become a liberal hero.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. 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The papal visit

DEAR MARK: September 25, 2015

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