SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued the following statement on the State Assembly’s recognition of Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an anti-Catholic hate group with a history of ridiculing people based on their faith:
“I will not be participating in the recognition of a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
“As a Christian, I love all people. I believe Christ made a path to salvation for all who want to follow. I also believe strongly in religious freedom and I have compassion, tolerance and respect for those who believe differently. No one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or what they believe.
“That is why I will not celebrate those who engage in religious bigotry or attempt to co-opt our faith into something it is not. I recognize that the Sisters have done charitable work in the community. But their vulgar mockery of our Christian faith is extremely insulting and disrespectful. We cannot condone this.
“The Sisters of course have a First Amendment right to expression but our government should not celebrate such hateful bigotry. I will certainly have no hand in it.”