On refugees and Christianity, again

On the right, Rouwaida Hanoun, a Syrian five-year-old who is, as far as I know, still alive.  On the left, Anne Frank, who is not.

There are– it is horrifying to think, but it is true– people who believe that the orange fascist currently occupying the White House is a Christian.  Many of these people are the same people who believed Barack Obama to not be a Christian, so it’s immediately and apparently clear that when they say “Christianity,” what they mean is “White supremacy,” and they have little to no idea of what Jesus actually preached, what he might have believed, or– rather importantly– what he looked like.

I noticed this morning that the post I wrote about refugees last year is spiking in page views again, which is not surprising.  The monster in the White House has chosen to ban desperately frightened and endangered people– the “least among us” who Jesus spoke of– from our country, has deliberately decided to let children die rather than incur even the slightest risk to people who look like him.  He has, of course, excluded his business partners from these calculations; if  you are wealthy enough for him to have business dealings with, you are a Person, of course; Rouwaida Hanoun is not.  When I wrote the post last year we had a President who, while he made bad decisions in any number of ways, I believed fundamentally cared about people.

Unfortunately, that is no longer remotely true, and the man who was trying to keep Syrian refugees out of my state at the time is now Vice President.  Most of the time, I have trouble believing our current President is actually human.  It takes every bit of moral strength I have to recognize that the demented narcissist in the White House deserves as much compassion and dignity as anyone else by simple virtue of having been born a person.  Somebody or something fucked this man up; I don’t believe he was born this awful.

But that’s beside the point.  When I wrote that post last year, I was trying to be nice and trying to be the voice of reason.  You may recognize the tone; I use it around here from time to time when I’m writing something I want to be taken more seriously than usual.  At this point, I’m going to take a different tack: if you don’t think these people should be allowed into the country, if you think refugees (and people with green cards!  People who have been here, and are now separated from their families simply by virtue of having been somewhere else when the ban went into effect!) should be banned from the United States simply because of their religion, you’re a fucking monster.  You’re not a Christian.  Christ himself would rebuke you– he already has, in fact, in clear terms in the Bible you claim to believe is divinely inspired and true in its every word.

You are a bad person if you agree with this ban.  You are a racist and a monster and a coward and every bit as much of a piece of shit as the people trying to keep the Jews out of the country in the 1940s were. You are the exact same people saying the exact same things for the exact same reasons, only with “Jew” crossed out and “Muslim” written in.  And while I don’t want this to be true and I try to be a better person, I really wish there was a Hell so I could see the look on your face when you end up there. Because Jesus has been clear on your responsibilities in this matter.  If you’re not a Christian, you don’t have to follow Jesus.  I certainly don’t.  But he was perfectly clear on this, and you are the bad guys.  

As I was writing this, word came through Twitter that the ACLU has won a stay against this executive order, which is good, as it was wildly illegal from the start.  I set up recurring monthly donations to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood today.  You should too.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

9 thoughts on “On refugees and Christianity, again

  1. Thank you for the links, I will. The nightmare grows daily. I read this yesterday and then went off to find (and failed) Nicholas Kristoff’s book Half the Sky. When a previous American president withdrew funding for all overseas aid for family planning (for the same reasons), an enterprising woman sent a single dollar bill to the appropriate department, then she told her friends, who told their friends… problem solved. Sadly, the race and religion ban is less tractable, keep shouting and may your best lawyers get stuck in here.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more!
    This is just repeating history all over again and if people continue with their racism and waging wars everywhere, I believe that all these individual actions will be presented in history textbooks as foreshadowings of the World War III (it already feels like it’s here, it’s just not named like that).

    Furthermore, just because someone was born in one country/part of the world, it does not mean that they are not allowed to go/live somewhere else in the world.
    For example, I am a Croat and I live in Croatia, but I don’t particularly want to spend the rest of my life here, and I believe it is my right and the right of everyone else to choose where they want to be. It is simply outrageous to ban someone from some place on Earth. Just because it’s the United States of America, it doesn’t mean that it is the property of Americans. It’s just a land and these are arbitrary boundaries that rich people invented.
    Plus, I really don’t understand Trump since his wife is not a “true” American (besides, the only true Americans are Native Americans, and everyone else is an immigrant).

    I’m really glad to see all the protests against Trump and his administration, but it makes me wonder … why did people even vote for him? Why was he even considered as a choice? He doesn’t even have a political career or anything, he is just a ruthless businessman.

    I mean, really, “America First”? Before you know it, they’ll bring slavery back.

    And the fact that people are still arguing about religion is just stupid. Every religion is man-made and the fact that you’re a Muslim or a Christian is predetermined by the location where you are born. I just wish more people realize this.


  3. My family has been stranded for more than 5 years neither my husband lost his young brother under the brutal system but in the end the US media has already proved the priority package within the past 8 years were given to Muslims. Even now as well Christians are not given any ray of hope even from the actions of Trump.


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