The administration assures us that refugee screening takes a full 18-24 months, yet wants us to take in 10,000 more Syrian refugees next year. Something doesn’t add up.
Be kind, even to those who don’t reciprocate. God does this every day.
By David Harsanyi
We need to keep an eye on Trump. Some of his pronouncements sound a bit unhinged, but they fit the tenor of these anxious times. Serious people don’t take him seriously and think he’ll eventually go away. I’m not so sure. This has happened before.
Why stop at 10,000 this year, which is what the administration wants? More than 9 million Syrians have been displaced in the civil war, including 3 million who have fled Syria. If our “Christian” duty mandates that we take in Syrian refugees, why not take in all 9 million?
Don’t you understand that we all live in the real world, and we have many considerations and trade-offs we must take into account (including national security, finances, and shared responsibility), besides what looks to me to be a lot of easy, feel-good moral grandstanding?
Please get serious.
By Stan Guthrie
Many Muslims, Christians, and others have suffered terribly at the hands of ISIS and Assad. They deserve, as human beings made in God’s image, our compassion and help. The question is, given the security needs of America, what kind of help?
ISIS has boasted that it will infiltrate the Syrian refugee population in order to wreak havoc in the West, which it evidently has done already in Paris and elsewhere. It promises to bring its special brand of Islamist mayhem to Washington, D.C. We should take these thugs at their word.
Given that ISIS agents will come to our shores among these legitimate refugees, we must ask what level of carnage among innocent Americans is acceptable to the administration, which insists that opening the door to a massive influx of Syrian refugees is the “American” thing to do? Is one “Paris” per year acceptable in order to display our humanitarian values? How about two? We need a cost-benefit analysis. What is the number? Don’t American lives matter, too?
The administration assures us that it will do exhaustive background checks on the newcomers. Really? These people are fleeing a war and may have no documents or other ways of proving who they are. There are as yet no databases. If there is a reliable way to do background checks in this situation, I haven’t heard it. Until there is, it is foolish to bring in tens of thousands of people who are unknown to us.
And given this administration’s inept handling (I’m being kind) of illegals already coming across our border, the VA scandal in which thousands of vets have died while waiting for an appointment or treatment, the Rube Goldberg machine otherwise known as Obamacare, the “stimulus” that stimulated nothing, and the ongoing scandals in the president’s own Secret Service detail, along with other problems too numerous to list, is it wrong to doubt the administration’s competence–let alone its word–to keep this pledge?
The U.S. is already the world leader in accepting refugees. We probably take in more people fleeing religious or political persecution than any nation on earth–and probably more than all other countries combined. Is it so unfair to ask some of the slacker countries, who are closer to the violence, to do their fair share?
Some say we ought to do this because it is the “Christian” thing to do, or they trot out the inane argument that Jesus would do it, so we should, too. Frankly, many who make these kinds of arguments always object when it comes to prayer in schools, Christmas displays, teaching the Bible in the public schools, paying for abortions or contraception, etc. They’ll even sue us, eagerly and remorselessly, if we demur.
They’re all for guilting us into taking the action they want based on our Christian faith, but when we want to express it in some other area, the answer is always some blather about the “separation of church and state.” Hypocrites.
Yes, helping the persecuted is a perpetual responsibility for the church and, to a lesser degree, for the United States. But this does not mean that we must open the doors to this country to any and all comers, without restriction, without regard to legitimate security concerns. Keeping the peace is the government’s job. The apostle Paul, after all, said that government has the responsibility from God to keep order and punish lawbreakers. When government wields the sword in this manner, we can live peaceful and godly lives, and the gospel can go forth.
The U.S. certainly can help the legitimate refugees without trying to absorb them into the country right now. We can provide money, resources, and expertise to countries that are already receiving them, as well as those who need to do their share. We might set up a safe haven in Syria to keep the refugees in their own land, ready to return to their homes when and if the situation allows. This will require a U.S. military presence, but that is coming anyway, whether Mr. Obama knows it or not.
As a firm believer in the sovereignty of God and in His heart for the nations, I suspect that God is allowing the current upheaval, in part, to put Muslims and other non-Christians in places where they can more readily hear the good news. And we must tell them.
Christians have a great and growing opportunity to share the love of Christ by word and deed to Syrian refugees here, there, and everywhere. While I don’t support an American policy of opening the doors to tens of thousands of unvettable Syrian refugees, that does not mean we Christians should ever turn our backs on them. I already know of missionaries who are ministering to new arrivals in the heart of Europe.
As well, Europe is home not only to growing numbers of Muslims, but to growing numbers of non-Western Christians who follow the Savior even when most Europeans have forgotten their Christian heritage. I believe these vibrant Christian communities scattered across the continent have a huge job to do and will do it well–with our help.
So I do not support the wholesale importation of Syrian refugees into America at this time. I do, however, support sharing the love of Jesus with them, wherever they are.
Christian stress is still stress.
By John Stonestreet
I’ll give the Democrats this much: It matters not so much whether we believe the terrorists are Muslims (radical or otherwise), but it matters a great deal whether they think so.
Amazing on Saturday night how none of the Democrats could utter the words “radical Islam” when describing the radical Muslims who are trying to murder us in the name of Islam. That’s just nuts.
One candidate–Martin O’Malley–even used the redundant phrase “radical jihadis”! Maybe they were radical Christian jihadis? Berrnie Sanders said the real enemy is “climate change,” while HRC patted herself on the back for the democratic elections briefly held in Libya before the Islamists overran the country she destabilized.
We’re in trouble if HRC gets elected and does for America what she did for Libya.