Today’s Manassas News & Messenger contains a response by Frank Principi to a recent letter to the editor pointing out that Principi’s rather public support for pro-abortion candidates. It’s a pretty unusual read that probably raises more questions than it answers..
In Saturday’s News & Messenger, Chris Royse, under the guise of wishing residents a Merry Christmas, indicated that I supported a pro-choice agenda and called upon church officials in the Arlington Catholic Diocese to deny me communion. Although I normally keep my personal and religious life private, I felt it necessary to respond to his letter.
First I would like to state that I am a pro-life, Knight of Columbus, practicing Catholic who believes in the separation of church and state. My faith has always been a very important part of my life.
Second, I am a life-long Democrat and I can honestly say that there has never been a time that I agreed 100 percent with the party’s platform.
Third, I hope that most people who read this article are aware that Chris Royse was my Republican opponent for Woodbridge Supervisor. It would seem that as a former candidate, he would be aware that the Board of County Supervisors does not make decisions regarding abortion. This is a matter addressed by the state and federal government.
This is a very special time of year to Americans. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah , or Eid Day, it is a season of love, of giving back and appreciating all of our blessings. That we live in troubled economic times is all the more reason to look at the good in our community and work to make it better. We accomplished this recently when businesses and volunteers came together in Woodbridge to host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for those in need in our community. This makes a positive difference in our community.
In the New Year, let’s turn our focus to something we can influence on the local level, the public policy issues affecting our quality of life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
FRANK J. PRINCIPI
Prince William County Supervisor
Woodbridge Magisterial District
There are a few things I don’t quite get in this response. Principi campaigned pretty hard for Gerry Connolly, a pro-abortion Catholic who incongruously spent a lot of time attacking his opponent Keith Fimian because Fimian belonged to a Catholic organization and opposed abortion. Yet he’s a pro-life kind of guy, and actively supporting pro-abortion candidates supposedly isn’t inconsistent with being pro-life. Regardless of what the leader of his church says.
Another thing I find difficult to grasp is the reference to “separation of church and state”. That phrase doesn’t have anything to do with the Constitution, and it’s about as far divorced from Catholic doctrine as it is possible to get. That phrase is a reference to a 1947 court decision written by noted anti-Catholic bigot and Klan member Hugo Black, who didn’t want the State of New Jersey reimbursing parents for the cost of transporting their children to Catholic schools. I don’t quite understand why someone who describes himself as a practicing Catholic would be confusing the Constitution with anti-Catholic bigotry.
What isn’t too hard to grasp is the entirely unprecedented correction that appears in the same issue. What the paper formerly known as the “Manassas Urinal-Massager” is correcting is not one of their mistakes, but the letter to the editor written by Chris Royse. I’ve seen editorials debating what was written in a letter to the editor. I’ve seen this paper not publish a letter to the editor they didn’t agree with. What I have never seen is a “clarification” published regarding an opinion piece written by someone else. They must have gotten dumped on pretty hard by their liberal allies in order to pull something this over the top.
As for the rest of this letter, it’s all over the place and doesn’t seem to reassure anyone wondering about what Principi stands for about what his true convictions are. That’s not too surprising. When he campaigned for office, he told voters he was going to address day laborer sites and support the crackdown on illegal immigration. We’ve seen how good those promises were.
Now this is all starting to make sense…
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