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Monday, July 09, 2007
Anti-immigration activists attempt to disrupt First Communion, call for taxing Catholic Church as "political organization" -- hard to tell them from the pro-aborts and the gays these days.

This news story from the North Country Times is reproduced for us on the webpage of an anti-illegal immigration organization, Americans for Legal Immigration:
For the last three weeks, members of the San Diego Minutemen have staged vociferous Saturday protests against an informal labor center run by the church. The protests have involved shouting through a bullhorn, displaying an effigy of a priest wearing a devil's mask and waving picket signs against illegal immigration. One of the protests took place last month as children left the church after celebrating their First Communion, a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony, said Claudia Smith, an immigrant rights advocate who was at the church during the protests.
(Notice that First Communion has to be defined, like we were talking about a Druidic tree ceremony.)

Another (perhaps less objective) source has more details:

Fallbrook [the neighborhood where St. Peter's is located] has a long tradition of hate group activity including the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, Tom Metzger, who changed its name to the White Aryan Brotherhood in the 1980s. But this is the first time vigilantes have targeted a mostly Latino church, insulted the clergy and attemptedm to disrupt religious services.

St. Peter’s provides a location where Latino day laborers can safely congregate while looking for work.

Minutemen leader Jeff Schwilk has called it an “illegal hiring hall” and wants it shut down. In a recent email to his followers, Schwilk wrote that Father Kaicher told him that the church has always been a sanctuary. “The arrogance of the Catholic Church apparently has no bounds,” Schwilk added.

Yeah, that's what Henry II told Becket.
Witnesses at a July 16 protest say that parishioners were enraged when the Minutemen taunted children entering the church to make their First Communion. “They shouted at the kids that their parents were illegal and were going to be deported,” said Diane Brand, a volunteer with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF).
St. Peter's is not the parish I'd join if I lived in San Diego. It's very peace'n'justicey, and if you subject yourself to Fr. "Bud"'s PowerPoint presentation on Catholic social teaching, you'll notice more misstatements, omissions, and selective quotations than -- well, I want to say, than there are illegal immigrants in San Diego. Anyway, a lot. (Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.) But that's got to be let pass for the moment: we're looking here at Klan-type anti-Catholic activity reminiscent of the school fights of the '20s.

The "right wing" Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has issued a statement "joining the issue on the side of the church."