In what I have to think is the most ridiculous moment of the Pope’s visit to America Sen. Barbara Boxer held up a Senate resolution welcoming the pontiff to America because she objected to language about how the pope values “each and every human life,” according to the Politico.
Can you imagine a Senator objected to valuing “each and every human life?” Just think about that for a second.
The measure later cleared the Senate Thursday afternoon after the sponsor of the resolution, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), dropped the reference to “human life” because some Democrats saw it as a reference to abortion. According to Republican aides, Brownback, a devout Catholic, did not want a high profile fight over the resolution, which was adopted on a voice vote. In fact, Brownback blackberried his staff from the Pope’s mass at Nationals Park to direct them to drop the references to human life.
“There was some politics involved here, and the objectionable language has been withdrawn,” a senior Democratic Senate aide said.
Here’s the objectionable language in full:
Whereas Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the weak and vulnerable, witnessing to the value of each and every human life;
God Bless America…because we need it now!