Sunday, February 21, 2016
THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT POPE FRANCIS HELPED DONALD TRUMP TO WIN AND WIN BIG IN SOUTH CAROLINA
However across the river from Augusta in South Carolina is another famous Bobby Jones who founded a very anti-Catholic, somewhat racist university in Greenville, South Carolina, Bobby Jones University. Oddly enough, although it is a fundamentalist Baptist University, it have the largest collection of religious art (mostly Catholic) in the USA!
Well, anyway, the Bobby Jones that left me a voice mail yesterday was irate about Pope Francis and his immigration policies and trying to influence American politics and our presidential election.
Speaking with a very, very, south Georgia southern accent, but crystal clear in diction as any good southern fundamentalist preacher would be, he berated the pope and told me to tell him to stay out of our politics. One of his questions was and you have to read this but in your mind add the thick southern accent:
"Why did he go back to the Vatican in that huge Italian jet empty. Why didn't he load up that jet and bring back with him all the refugees who want to come to the USA and take them to the Vatican."
Good question I guess.
But yes, in South Carolina, there is a significant evangelical, fundamentalist population that is very anti-Catholic and anti-pope. When Pope Saint John Paul II visited South Carolina (Columbia) in 1988 there were billboards decrying his visit and calling him the AntiChrist.
Yes, Pope Francis helped to give Donald Trump a huge win in South Carolina!