But for today it is. I avoid things of political nature here largely because I often fall squarely in-between opposing sides of an issue. While I want people to read what I write, (why else would I publish it for the world?), I don’t want to cause an uproar over touchy things like politics.
But I just cannot stand silent over the issues with the Syrian refugees. My heart has broken more and more each time the governor of a state that I love and currently or formerly called home stood up and said “sorry no room here” like the Innkeeper in Bethlehem or the mean kids in Forrest Gump. I’ve watched believers I know post things on facebook or twitter saying no to these people. Declaring their lives stand in higher value than those of refugees.
This historical parallels alone are great. America’s attitude towards refugees from Syria sounds a lot like our country’s attitude towards the Japanese around World War II. Remember when we imprisoned them in internment camps? This happened in America. Did these people bomb Pearl Harbor, nope. They just looked like the ones who did. Guilt by applied association.
We blatantly discriminate against an entire country of people because of one passport found at one of the bombings (who by the way, wasn’t a refugee).
We assume that everyone fleeing Syria are muslim extremist terrorists. We assume that all Muslims are terrorists and we even have a leading (for reasons I just cannot possibly understand) candidate for PRESIDENT saying we need to potentially close mosques in wake of fear of terrorism. Where were the calls to inspect Christian churches and close them in the height of the KKK or abortion clinic bombings?
In one breath people cry for religious freedom when it comes to birth control, health care, marriage and abortion. But the moment one person’s freedom begins to step on our toes or makes us uncomfortable we scream party fowl.
Enough is enough America.
Maybe the problem isn’t Syrian refugees.
The vast majority of these are mothers and fathers who would rather risk drowning than to stay. Have we already forgotten this image?
That little boy drowned trying to get out of Syria. What if that was your child? How would you feel about an entire country assuming you are a terrorist because of your ethnicity or nationality? That’s a really good reason to start hating America.
So sure, America. Let’s sit in our comfortable, warm homes, with our abundance of clothes, food, freedom and shelter drinking our overpriced coffees while more children die for the chance to be among the poorest here.
Besides, it’s not like if you’re a christian Christ mandated that you do anything about this.
- “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” Proverbs 19:17
- “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13
- “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” Proverbs 28:27
- “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” Proverbs 29:7
- “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4
- “This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3
- “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
- “On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.'” Romans 12:20
So you know what Governors Haley, Abbott, Haslam and Governor Elect Bevin, as a current or former resident of your state- I’m so disappointed in you. I stood with refugees before Paris and I stand with them now.
They are not the problem.
Fear and terror are the problem. And you are doing your part in building the fear and terror.
Here are some people who said this better than me.
- Niskanen Center : 6 reasons to welcome Syrian refugees
- Doug Hankins: The economics of compassion: refugees, abortion and social media debates
- SS Lewis: The Ship of Japanese refugees no one wanted.
- Yearning to breathe free