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Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Father Peter West

Monday, February 13, 2017 9:26
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Pope Francis has been steering the Catholic Church hard to port, but this leftward lurch has yet to filter down to Father Peter West:

The Catholic priest, an associate pastor at St. John’s Catholic Church in Orange [New Jersey], doesn’t pull punches when it comes to letting you know how he feels about Islam, Hillary Clinton, President Trump and “whiny liberals.”

West, who has lived in Orange and Fairfield, has amassed almost 10,000 loyal Facebook and Twitter followers by effusively praising Trump, railing against Muslims, assailing millennials as “snowflakes” who attend “cry-ins” and describing liberals as “smug and arrogant.”

The religious leader has authored un-PC comments such as “Sharia law is incompatible with the Constitution of the United States,” and once shared a post that read “Liberals are acting like Trump is going to kill all the gays, make slavery legal again and take away women’s rights. … Like he’s a Muslim or something.”

How long will Father West get away with publicly observing that 2 + 2 = 4? We’ll see…

Speaking with a reporter in context of West’s social media history, a spokesman with the Newark Archdiocese — which includes St. John’s Catholic Church under its umbrella — issued the following statement about West’s online activity.

“Certainly, a priest doesn’t give up his civil liberties when he is ordained, and he maintains the same right to freedom of expression as anyone else in the United States,” the spokesman said. “That said, we are concerned about Father West’s comments and actions, and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the church.”

Looks like Father West could have a trip to the woodshed in his future. Let’s hope he survives it with his countermoonbattery intact.

Hoax-hyping Pope Francis won’t like this one.

On a tip from seaoh.


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