Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jewish Man Defends Catholic Church

Sam Miller knocks this out of the park.
The following is a transcript of a speech made by Mr. Sam Miller,
co-chairman of Forest City Enterprises in Cleveland, Ohio. His speech was made at a luncheon gathering of the First Friday Club of Cleveland on Thursday, March 6, 2003.

When I first discussed my subject with Mr. Ginley, I told him the title of this speech would be “From Bed Sheets to Business Suits” he seemed flustered — he did not understand my point. So I changed the title to “Kangaroo Journalism”. I presume most of you are familiar with this and are suffering because of it.

I’m going to say things here today that many Catholics should have said 18 months ago. Maybe it’s easier for me to say because I am not Catholic but I have had enough, more than enough, disgustingly enough.

During my entire life I’ve never seen a greater vindictive, more scurrilous, biased campaign against the Catholic Church as I have seen in the last 18 months, and the strangest thing is that it is in a country like the United States where there is supposed to be mutual respect and freedom for all religions. This has bothered me because I too am a minority in this country. You see, unfortunately, and I say this very advisedly, the Catholics have forgotten that in the early 1850’s when the Italians, the Poles, the Latvians, the Lithuanians, all of Catholic persuasion, came to this country looking for opportunity — because of famine, (particularly the Irish) they were already looked upon with derision, suspicion and hatred. Consequently the jobs they were forced to take were the jobs that nobody else wanted — bricklayers, ditch diggers, Jewish junkmen, street cleaners, etc. This prejudice against your religion, and mine, has never left this country and don’t ever forget it, and never will. Your people were called Papists, Waps, Guineas, frogs, fish eaters, ad infinitum. And then after the Civil War, around 1864, the fundamentalists, conservatives, Protestants and a few WASP’s began planting burning crosses throughout the country, particularly in the South. And today, as far as I’m concerned, very little has changed. These gentlemen now have a new style of clothing — they’ve gone from bed sheets to gentlemen’s suits.

There is a concentrated effort by the media today to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. You don’t find it this bad overseas at all. They have now blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage. You, me have been living in a false paradise — wake up and recognize that many people don’t like Catholics. What are these people trying to accomplish? Continue reading.

1 comment:

Pedro said...

Hi. Your "Continue reading" link at the bottom of this page is broken.