Remnants of bigotry remain in California Constitution?

Former pro-abort Democrat praises Jerry Brown in OC Register column for, among other things, his Catholicism
California Gov. Jerry Brown, right,  delivers his speech flanked by the head of the pontifical academy of Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, during  a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Casina Pio IV the Vatican, Wednesday, July 22, 2015.  Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech flanked by the head of the pontifical academy of Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Casina Pio IV the Vatican, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The following comes from an August article by Gloria Romero, an education reformer and former Democratic state senator from Los Angeles:

Gov. Jerry Brown rarely speaks about his religious faith. But, while at the Vatican recently, he expounded on how his religion influenced his outlook on life. Invited by Pope Francis – the first Jesuit pontiff – to address world leaders on climate change, Brown – a former Jesuit seminarian – told them, “The formation that I’ve undergone growing up in the Catholic faith, the Catholic religion, puts forth a world that’s orderly, that has purpose and that, ultimately, is a positive.”

Over the years, the Vatican has taken positions on climate change and its disproportionate impact on poorer nations. The pope issued an encyclical to Catholics, declaring that acting on climate change is essential to their faith. In his speech, Brown spoke of nature and “the interconnectedness of all beings,” adding, “Religion teaches people to take care of the poor, and the pope has taken the role to be the modern leader for the planet.”

I, as a former legislator, raised Catholic and a onetime professor at a Jesuit college, found it inspiring to hear Brown’s exposition on faith. Unlike some politicians, who seemingly brandish faith as a weapon against others not sharing similar spiritual foundations, Brown articulated his public service based on a faith in service to others, a mission on behalf of the dispossessed.

Brown’s words on Catholicism, faith and service resonate at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. On June 17, inside a Charleston, S.C., church known for an historic association of faith and politics, a white supremacist murdered the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney and eight parishioners, simply because they were black.
The killings reignited debate over the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina state Capitol as a symbol of bigotry and racism. During debate, legislators seemingly wrestled with their very faith in voting to finally remove that flag.

The South Carolina vote fueled debate over California’s own symbols of bigotry, including whether a statue of missionary Father Junipero Serra should stand in the U.S. Capitol or whether names of Confederacy leaders and military officers should be removed from their namesake public schools. Last year, California prohibited selling items in the state Capitol that are emblazoned with the Confederate flag.

But why limit discussions of bigotry in the Golden State to school names and statues?

Embedded in the California Constitution are two clauses of a sort that have provoked national debates over whether they are inherently bigoted. Known as “Blaine amendments,” the laws were passed primarily in the late 1800s, stemming from nativist, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic sentiment. Named for Congressman James Blaine of Maine, they excluded from government funding schools that taught “sectarian” faiths (mainly Catholicism), while allowing funds to the “common schools,” which taught the “common” or “nonsectarian” faith (i.e., nondenominational Protestantism).

New York and Massachusetts were first to enact state versions, corresponding to waves of immigration from Europe and the Catholic Church’s role in aiding immigrants. Although Blaine’s effort to enact a federal constitutional amendment failed, 38 state constitutions retain similar bans on public funding for private sectarian schools.
Some argue that Blaine amendments reflect concerns over the separation of church and state. Others argue they were motivated by bigotry, targeting for special disadvantage the faiths of immigrants, particularly, Catholicism.

Slavery, immigrants and Catholics all significantly shaped our nation. John F. Kennedy was elected president despite “concerns” over his Catholic faith. Discussion over faith, bigotry and symbols – be they statues, flags or words – is timely. If South Carolina could banish a symbol of bigotry, perhaps California might similarly erase laws based on bigotry.

Comments

  1. Steve Seitz says:

    I think someone needs to give Brown a reality check: His soul is in grave danger. Given his conduct in public office and the grave scandal that he has given to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, he must be banking on time in Purgatory that verges on the infinite.

    • In order to spend time in Purgatory other than HELL, one must repent of their sins, and make amendments/restitution as appropriate.

      What has Brown done to stop ABORTIONS in CA?
      What has Brown done to stop Planned Parenthood and the sale of baby body parts in CA?
      What has Brown done to stop taxpayer funding of Contraception in CA?
      What has Brown done to stop taxpayer funding of body mutilation (sex change operations) in CA?
      What has Brown done to stop same-sex (sodomy) marriage in CA ?
      What has Brown done to stop religious discrimination in CA ?

      • And what has Brown done to ‘STOP Sanctuary Cities’ – where murders, and rapists who are ILLEGAL immigrants are allowed to rome free ?

        And what has Brown done to insure that ILLEGAL aliens and other non-citizens are not permitted to Vote in elections?

        All politicians who support Sanctuary Cities should go to jail themselves, or pay the costs and damages perpetrated by criminal ILLEGAL aliens.

    • Yet, the good Bishop of Oakland has no problem when Brown presents himself for Communion.

  2. If Jerry Brown is the epitomy of a good Catholic then the faith is really in trouble.
    It was Jerry Brown in his first Governorship who said that the California taxpayer would pay for all deaths of preborn babies by abortion. It was he who was in office when the age of minor consent for abortion was lowered and parental knowledge of such denied. It was he who appointed Rose Bird to the state Supreme Court that brought much of this about. It is he who keeps signing bills promoting self directed prescription death for seniors and signed the mandatory vaccination bill. It is he who sets up questionable Masses and ceremonies at the state Capitol’s Catholic Cathedral to which known abortion and homosexual leaders attend and get praise. God…

  3. Elizabeth M says:

    Pope Francis likes him.

  4. Liz Froelich says:

    Gloria Romero may be pushing for less bigotry for Catholics regarding lack of public dollars for Catholic schools. She may be promoting vouchers. Why would any Catholic or religious school want any government funding, considering how schools would have to adhere to a secular world view? They would have to adopt Common Core standards. When the government funds, it dictates. Romero might even be promoting government charter schools which take the public dollars and have unelected boards of education determine how to spend the public money without any accountability. Catholic schools need to remain independent and Catholic.

    • Liz, F, I agree. Catholic schools need to remain independent and Catholic. if they take government money they have to play be government rules. Your take on Common Core, is a little off base. Common Core was established by the State School Superintendents, and approved by the Governors of many states. The Federal Government was not involved at the inception. These standards were established by local (State) officials, not the Federal Government. The easiest goal to understand was that all students in a class, say Algebra, at any school in the country should receive the same education. Many states did not have common levels of proficiency. If you moved from Michigan to Mississippi you might not get the same education. Our country…

  5. ALIEN is defined as ” from another country”; CRIMINAL is defined as “relating to criminal/illegal activity.
    Whether one is called “ILLEGAL Alien” or “ILLEGAL immigrant” they are breaking the law, and therefore are criminals.

    In addition they violate the Doctrine of the Faith. Immigrants are required to OBEY the laws of the host country (and this does not exclude immigration laws); and they are NOT to create a civic burden.
    See Doctrine of the Faith – CCC # 2241.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Someone needs to explain to the Pope that Gov Brown and the 5 Democratic Party mayors he invited to the Vatican – do not speak for the majority of American people, and carry zero weight in moral authority.

  7. Michael McDermott says:

    Compare ‘Moonbeam’ to the ‘Bogeyman’ of the Gaystapo – and the way their stories are handled.
    SEE
    Anatomy of a Mythical Boogeyman
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/anatomy-of-a-mythical-boogeyman

    Gay activists frighten each other telling stories…

    Chief among the midnight monsters they whisper about is a man named Scott Lively. You’ve never heard of Scott Lively. He looms monstrously large in the gay imagination. They are downright terrified of Scott Lively.

    The gay Human Rights Campaign convinced billionaire Paul Singer to fund a dossier on Scott Lively.

    So feared is Scott Lively that there is a Federal lawsuit charging him with crimes against humanity. Google Scott Lively and you find that he has single-handedly…

  8. Anonymous says:

    DOES California give funds to non-denominational Christian schools?

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