Hispanic Leaders Demand Apology From Senator Harry Reid

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The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders calls on Senator Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, for an apology on his recent statements.

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CALL takes great exception to Senator Reid’s shameful comparison and, on behalf of 33 million Catholic Hispanics, we demand his apology to the nation.

From the CALL website "Yesterday CALL sent a letter to senators, on behalf of 33 million Hispanic Catholics, voicing our call for healthcare public policies that include changes that are essential to a moral and ethical system ensuring the protection of life, human dignity, and respect for consciences of health care workers. CALL’s voice joined that of thousands of others across the nation. Last night Senator Reid responded by comparing those who disagree with his views on morality and justice in healthcare to supporters of slavery and to those who opposed to the civil rights movement.

CALL takes great exception to Senator Reid’s shameful comparison and, on behalf of 33 million Catholic Hispanics, we demand his apology to the nation."

The founder of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, recently released his thoughts and proclaimed the views of the Catholic Church on the matters of Health Care Reform in America.

Members of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) have uncharacteristically played a major role in the current framing of this historic legislation. The Bishops usually try to stay silent on political matters but have come out strong since last year in defense of the unborn and the elderly.

Archbishop Gomez states that one of the reasons are, "The Church has played an important part in this debate—and for good reasons. Catholics have been running hospitals and providing health care in this country since a generation before the American Revolution, ever since French Ursuline nuns founded a hospital and orphanage in Louisiana in 1727."

The Archbishop goes on to say, "But the most immediate threat we face is from powerful interests who see health care reform as a backdoor through which to push their radical anti-life agenda." He states unequivocally that abortion is "legalized homicide."

Since the release of this statement by the Hispanic leaders, Senator Harry Reid has since defended his original statement by accusing his critics of "distortion."

The President of CALL has also issued a letter to President Obama encouraging him to respect the right to life and the beliefs of 33 million Hispanic Catholics.

To read more about the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders visit http://www.hispanicleaders.net

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