Friday, November 20, 2015

Christian groups recoil at just how un-Christian the GOP's treatment of Syrian refugees is

A Syrian boy pushes a woman on a wheelchair as they cross back into Syria at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Bab al-Hawa in Idlib province, Syria September 23, 2015. Turkish authorities announced the opening of its border crossings with Syria during

Christian conservatives have a history of picking and choosing when to actually espouse the Christian value of compassion, but many faith-based organizations are wisely choosing to do so on the issue of Syrian refugees. They seem shocked to learn, however, that Republican politicians—after years of demagoguing hate and derision on issues like LGBT rights, among others—are political opportunists rather than actual adherents to anything that would resemble the Golden Rule.
More than two dozen GOP governors have said Syrian refugees aren't welcome in their state—never mind the fact that they don't actually get to decide. Ted Cruz doesn't care who's fleeing the crisis or how desperate they are, he's introducing legislation to ban them from the U.S. if they're Muslim. And Chris Christie is worried that orphan toddlers aren't being properly vetted.
“I don’t think orphans under 5 are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point.”
The near unanimous overt display of hostility toward our fellow humanity has dismayed Christian groups working on refugee issues, reports Nahal Toosi.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement expressing distress over calls by elected officials to halt the resettlement program.
"These refugees are fleeing terror themselves — violence like we have witnessed in Paris," said the statement by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the conference's committee on migration. "Instead of using this tragedy to scapegoat all refugees, I call upon our public officials to work together to end the Syrian conflict peacefully so the close to 4 million Syrian refugees can return to their country and rebuild their homes. Until that goal is achieved, we must work with the world community to provide safe haven to vulnerable and deserving refugees who are simply attempting to survive." 
The National Association of Evangelicals also joined the call for empathy.
“Of course we want to keep terrorists out of our country, but let’s not punish the victims of ISIS for the sins of ISIS,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president.
The groups also point out that the rhetoric of candidates like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, who are supposedly appealing to Evangelical voters, isn't in keeping with their Christian constituencies. 
you know republicans and right wing media are tryinig to jam down out throats an acceptance of their broad term "EXTREME ISLAMIC TERRORISM" so why don't they want us to use "EXTREME CHRISTIAN TERRORISM"  considering what they are doing to American citizens who don't hate or practice racism and bigotry in the name of God and blaing it on others they say are suppressing their religious freedoms?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

calling for empathy for foreigners but burn in hell for fellow Americans.  how can you be extremely oppressive of one but a potential threat of terrorism is exceptable i think it's a buch of ELEPHANT DUNG TO IMPROVE THEIR IMAGE THAT THEIR OWN CHILDREN ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM.