CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jesus spent most of his brief life championing underdogs: Help the poor, feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the naked, etc.
Now that new Pope Francis has reiterated this appeal -- calling for more safeguards to protect left-out families -- some conservatives brand him a communist.
"This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope," Rush Limbaugh ranted to his giant, right-wing audience.
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said on-air that she was "taken aback" because the pope's message "sounded kind of liberal."
How absurd: Conservatives are upset because the head of the world's largest Christian church supports the teachings of Jesus.
For the record, here are some key lines from the 84-page "apostolic exhortation" issued by the popular pope:
"We also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills."
"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"