Republicans Shouldn’t Call Themselves Christians After Their Response to Syrian Refugees

jesusphilosophyI am not naive enough to believe that there’s no potential of danger in bringing thousands of Syrians within our borders. If you honestly believe that there’s no risk, you need to wake up.

That being said, I support bringing refugees here. Do I feel completely at ease with it? No, I don’t. But I don’t believe in telling thousands of terrified people, many of whom are women and children, that we’re not going to help them. I think the Obama administration owes it to the American people to explain the best they can the screening process they use to verify that the people we do bring here are refugees and not terrorists masquerading as one. I believe that’s where a lot of the confusion and fear comes in with this.

And even though I do fear that a mistake could be made, I cannot in good conscience tell these people that despite our arrogance about being the “greatest nation on Earth,” we’re not going to take in people who are fleeing for their lives from quite possibly the worst collection of evil since the Nazis of WWII.

But the vile lack of compassion and humanity I’ve seen emanating from most within the Republican party has been an absolute disgrace. What’s worse is that it’s nothing but empty pandering to the ignorance that drives their party. Just look at some of these fools like Jeb Bush who’ve suggested that only Christian refugees should be brought here. Yeah, because if ISIS was really determined to find a way through our screening process they couldn’t get through the super tough “Christian test,” right?

After this, in my opinion, Republicans are no longer allowed to call themselves Christians. You can’t vilify and condemn innocents, many of them women and children, to an uncertain future – or even death – and in good conscience say you’re a follower of the values of Jesus Christ.

As the cliché Christian saying goes: What would Jesus do?

Well, I know this much, he wouldn’t turn his back on the needy, the poor and those who desperately need help. And if you think he would, whatever version of Jesus Christ they’re talking about in your church sure as hell isn’t the one on which Christianity is based.

As a Christian myself, I am appalled and ashamed that so many of these Republicans claim to represent my faith when they seem to have no clue what it’s about. Being a Christian is about following the teachings of Jesus Christ above all else. When desperate people fleeing pure evil need your help, you  help them. You don’t ask why – you ask how.

These values aren’t restricted to Christianity, they’re transcendent beyond any faith. These are American values. Now I’m not going to sit here and use the Statue of Liberty and the words displayed upon it to back up my point. Those words are just words. We don’t help people because of what’s mounted on a statue, we help people because this is the United States of America. 

Again, I’m not naive on this. I support taking these people in but they also need to understand that for everybody’s safety and security some sort of monitoring system needs to be put in place while they’re here, at least initially. I know that might sound upsetting to some – too bad. Like I said early, there is a legitimate worry about bringing these folks over here and I think if we’re going to do this we need to be smart about it, which sometimes means not being “politically correct” at all times.

Sadly, there’s a lot of blind bigotry and ignorance that’s fueling a lot of the opposition to bringing them here. That’s exactly what Republicans are pandering to.

So, the next time any Republican proclaims that they’re the party for “Christian values,” I sincerely hope they’re making those comments at a comedy club, because after their reaction to these Syrian refugees, that statement is an absolute joke.

Then again, Republicans have been an absolute joke for a very long time.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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