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Reader finds false equivalence in column on walls

Catholic Courier    |    03.04.2019


To the editor:

In his Feb. 4 column “Building a wall against life,” Richard Doerflinger, Richard states the following: “So now we have two top executives, of opposing parties, willing to shut down the government unless legislators help them build a wall against the unwanted.”

My question is who is the second top executive? Richard names one, Gov. Cuomo; who is the other? If the other is President Trump, Richard is drawing an erroneous equivalence between Cuomo and Trump, and between the crisis at the southern border and killing babies.

The Catholic press must give fair and adequate coverage of President Trump’s outstanding support for the unborn, latest example being his call at his State of the Union Address for a law banning late-term abortions.

The Democrat party is opposed to protection of the unborn; the Republican party supports protection for the unborn.

Joe Fitzgerald

Deerfield Drive

Canandaigua

EDITOR’S NOTE: At Mr. Fitzgerald’s request the Courier forwarded his question to Mr. Doerflinger, former associate director for Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Mr. Doeflinger replied: “The other chief executive willing to shut down the government (at least partially) over the idea of building a wall is, of course, President Trump — in his case, at least, not generally a wall with lethal consequences as in the case of Gov. Cuomo.”

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