So much for civil discourse, general decency and respect for the clergy. This footage, courtesy of our very own CT Bob is disgusting.
At last night’s town hall meeting held by Rep. Jim Himes in Norwalk, Bishop Emilio Alvarez, a resident of Stamford, got up and politely inquired if he could ask Himes, who is fluent in the language, a question in Spanish. Let’s bear in mind that 11% of the population in Himes’ district are native Spanish speakers, according to the 2000 Census and more recent data (2008) shows that 15.4% of the population of Fairfield County consists of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Himes said yes, but anti-reform advocates in the crowd went ballistic, somehow equating a question asked in Spanish with “giving the country away.”
Xenophobia at its worst.
Just curious: I wonder how many people in that crowd are actually fluent or even conversant in a foreign language? I bet you anything all those “speak English” chanters can’t speak anything BUT English.