‘CHURCH’ PREDICTS VIOLENCE IN ‘OCCUPY WALL STREET’ CROWDS; CALLS THEM ‘SOFT’; QUESTIONS WHETHER THEY ARE RACISTS

The ‘Church’ half of the WTIC-AM radio afternoon show “State and Church,” Pastor Will Marotti, yesterday predicted that the “Occupy Wall Street” crowds would soon break out in violence, end, and not be remembered very fondly. Marotti called the participants “soft” and questioned whether they were racists because Marotti “didn’t see many people of color” in the crowds.

Marotti mans the microphone with former Gov. John Rowland (“State”) but was alone on the show Friday. Marotti, the pastor of New Life Church in Meriden, rarely strays from the predictable, always-conservative themes of the show. Marotti wondered aloud whether the protestors were racists saying, “They called the tea party demonstrators racists.” He is clearly unable to address an issue without drawing in a conservative comparison. That’s unfortunate because WTIC-AM is a 50,000 watt, clear channel, heritage radio station.

Later in the show, Marotti had state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney on as a guest to talk about the controversial “longevity payments.” The payments to some non-union state employees are front and center after the unionized workers gave up their longevity benefits through the concessions package they ratified. The unions have since filed suit.

Marotti made the declaration, “If Governor Malloy doesn’t like the longevity payments, then end them!” Even McKinney, who has always had my respect and admiration even though we come differing political viewpoints (although not always), couldn’t let that sit. Without flat-out correcting Marotti, McKinney was fair enough to point out there is the little matter of a state statue. The legislature, not the governor, has the power to change or do away with state law. That is, unless Marotti is advocating giving the governor the power to change laws. There may be the little matter of the separation of powers in that case.