Perceiving a variant of the age-old maxim that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted an inconsistency in the argument Pope Francis leveled Thursday against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Pope Francis is suggesting that Donald Trump is not a Christian. ‘Christians do not build walls. Christians build bridges.’ Meanwhile, the Vatican is surrounded by a wall,” Limbaugh posted on his Facebook page Thursday.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel,” the pope said.
Trump called the comments “disgraceful.”
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” he said in statement.
Limbaugh’s Facebook page was deluged with support for his position.
“The pope does not want Mr. Trump to build a wall to protect Amercia, but the pope has a wall around the vatican … hmmm seems like a double standard to me …. In the words of Ronald Reagan “POPE, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!” wrote Michael Callison.
“The Pope should have stayed out of it. He has been misinformed so many times. The way you handled it Donald was good. The Pope is not God and has no way of knowing a mans heart, only God does,” wrote Jeannie Mcgowan.
“When the Pope allows UNLIMITED immigration into the Vatican he can lecture us on compassion. Just sell the hundreds of billions of church property to pay for it. Sounds like the Christian thing to do eh Pope?” posted Rich Hill.
“I’m an American Christian. I’ve wanted our (secular) government to build a wall on our Southern border long before Donald Trump addressed the issue. I want my government to demonstrate that my safety and protection is high on its priority list! My government has failed to build a wall that keeps the ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS out of the U.S. The Pope, who’s the head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, should lead the world in saving the lives of the Christians who are being slaughtered by ISIS! It’s called genocide! Evidence points to the majority of the “immigrants” coming out of Syria aren’t Christian families seeking asylum… !” commented Dayna Meserve