Christians Must Stand with Refugees and Migrants

Re-Posted from “Dating God” blog by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

From a candidate who campaigned on wanting to make “America great again,” we’ve seen little in the first two weeks of his administration to suggest anything other than what many suspected in President Trump’s election slogan: a not-so-subtle nod to an era in which things were hardly ‘great’ for anyone other than a propertied, white, straight, male, Christian, U.S. citizen. The greatness of the United States rests in its self-narrated hagiography as a land of opportunity, freedom, and inclusion. This is supposed to be a nation in which, as we read on the Statue of Liberty’s inscription, we proclaim: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Instead, the new president has rejected many of the most vulnerable, seeking to close the door to those who are from predominantly Muslim countries and effectively establishing a religious test in violation of the United States Constitution. Furthermore, as two former White House ethics chiefs (a bipartisan team of a Democrat and a Republican) recently wrote, Trump’s ban conveniently avoids restricting travel for those most likely to be business partners for Trump.

Whereas this move, along with several other early executive actions, casts not hope but fear and grave concern, there has been the tiniest of silver linings. Read More…

Published in: on January 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

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