Schlafly Explains the Biblical Stance on Immigration

An email sent from Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to their followers explains to them what the Bible says about immigration, which is very little. Apparently, you have to be nice to them, but only as an individual, not as a society. Or something.

Scripture is clear on many things, but a sovereign nation’s immigration policy is not one of them.

There is no biblical mandate for mass Amnesty for illegal aliens. Make no mistake, the current Senate proposal allows all illegal aliens to come forward to receive “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) legal status within six months after President Obama signs the bill. That is Amnesty.

Scripture clearly commands individuals and the Body of Christ to show kindness and compassion to “strangers” or “sojourners,” terms that imply a person is in a foreign land temporarily. However, that is not a command to the government. Government is charged with protecting its own citizens and administering justice so its citizens remain free to exercise compassion and generosity.

America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The individual exercise of compassion and generosity are an integral part of the American dream. In order to protect the American Dream for everyone who seeks it, we must implement sound policy. Amnesty is not sound policy.

I’m sure glad they cleared that up.

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  • I thought the Biblical view on immigration was to invade countries, rape the virgin females and take them as concubines against their will, then murder everyone who was left.

  • I’m so glad not to rely on a 2,000 year old collection of essays by anonymous writers to use as the entire foundation of my morality and philosophy.

    I’m also so glad that the founders of my country didn’t either.

  • jeroenmetselaar

    “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:9

    Typical how they can’t find a bible quote when don’t want to.

  • birgerjohansson

    Bible. Immigration= importing slaves?

    BTW what is the bible’s take on nanotechnology?

  • Chiroptera

    Scripture clearly commands individuals and the Body of Christ to show kindness and compassion to “strangers” or “sojourners,” terms that imply a person is in a foreign land temporarily.

    She has a point. Most conservatives haven’t even been able to live up to this much.

  • rmsc

    I think it’s a recycling of the love the sinner, hate the sin meme. Be nice to them as they pick your vegetables, and make sure they have a nice bus for the ride back across the border.

  • lamacher

    Just ask the original occupants of Canaan about mass immigration! Just visiting? Hardly!

  • jamessweet

    The really funny part, for a homophobic piece of shit like Schafly, is that the part in the Bible that is actually most explicit about being nice to foreigners is the story of Sodom and Gommorah. (The particular holy mass murder was only partially motivated by teh butt seks, Yahweh was also pissed off that the people of S&G had started being rude to strangers).

  • Pen

    Probably a bad idea to draw her attention to some of the Bible’s actual suggestions on immigration, e.g. a bunch of people flee to your country as a result of a famine? Enslave them (Jacob’s descendents in Egypt). Some guy says God’s assigned some bit of land to you? Follow him through the desert till you get there, then kill all the natives (Moses then Joshua in Canaan). Or what about: don’t for heaven’s sakes learn a foreign language, God wants humans not to understand each other (Babel).

    Oh wait… check, check and check. No worries Phyllis, America is a biblical country after all.

  • zippythepinhead

    Phyllis Schlafly shows how a life of mental anorexia leads to a narrow mind.

  • Larry

    #1 Gregory:

    You were close. It’s actually

    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

    Oh, wait. I think that is actually from some movie. But it sounds so… biblical.

  • slc1

    Re birgerjohansson @ #4

    What’s the babble’s take on the strings hypothesis?

  • TGAP Dad

    The bible also condemns homosexuality (at least it does by the most common [mis]translation), but it doesn’t say governments should condemn homosexuality. See? I can play, too!!

  • @jamessweet #8 – Actually, the story of Sodom has nothing whatsoever to do with sex, at least, not in the Hebrew version. The word יָדַע (yod, dalet, ‘ayin; yada’) carries a sense of “knowledge” or “discernment.” It is used more than 800 times in the Old Testament, in various configurations. Eleven of those uses are clearly sexual in nature, and ALL of those sexual uses describe legitimate sex. Almost all situations of “illegitimate” sex use the word שׁכב (shin, kaf, bet; shakav), which carries a sense of “to lay down”, usually in the form משׁכב (mem, shin, kaf, bet; mishkav) “to lay with.”

    The traditional interpretation of this passage is unique in the entire corpus of Hebrew Scriptures, including the Hebrew Deuterocanon and Jewish religious writings before about the 6th century. It simply is not supported anywhere.

  • matty1

    Hmmm, so if I read 14 right we have the traditional interpretation.

    “Raping men is wrong, rape some women instead, you can use my daughters”

    and the apparently correct interpretation

    “You don’t want to do the hard work of torturing these guys for information, why not relax by raping my daughters”

    Is that it?

  • raven

    Now this was the sin of Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. —Ezekiel 16:49-50

    The sin of Sodom was being run by Tea Partiers of an ancient version of the GOP.

    …unconcerned, they did not help the poor and needy.

  • “BTW what is the bible’s take on nanotechnology?”

    Witchcraft, demonic possession?

  • @16:

    Raven, does that mean that we can expect to see a rain of GODLY fire on the Dallas-Ft. Worth, MSR?

  • @democommie

    “a rain of GODLY fire on the Dallas-Ft. Worth, MSR?”

    We get that down here every year.



     it’s called summer


  • raven

    Raven, does that mean that we can expect to see a rain of GODLY fire on the Dallas-Ft. Worth, MSR?

    A lot of GOP leaders would have been vaporized by lightning bolts by now. Including Romney, Ryan, and the Pauls.

    If god was still around and paying attention, that is. Hmmm, although the fundie heartland does get banged up by a lot of tornadoes and hurricanes.

  • @20:

    Well, Raven, maybe the.y’ve pissed off Appollo; it’s said he hearted teh GAY.

    Sorry for what might be a threadjack (sure I am!) but this is too good to pass up:

    That’s gonna cause some serious head’splodin’ in the fundie ranks. Petitioning the ANTI-KKKRIST? Cats and dogs cohabiting can’t be far off!!

  • @matty1 #15 – In the culture where Lot lived, women were property. Young virgins were quite valuable as a commodity: raping them would have been like defacing an original Picasso. Had the mob accepted, they would have auctioned the girls off to the highest bidder and split the proceeds.

    The Hebrew text is quite clear that the crowd wanted Lot’s guests to face them and answer questions. Unlike the sex accusation, this inquisition is supported by other parts of the Bible:

    Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them, when I saw it. — Ezekiel 16:49-50

    Note that the Hebrew word translated as “abominable things” in the Revised Standard Version quoted above is to’ev, which is used elsewhere in the Bible to describe lying, idolatry, cheating customers, violations of the dietary code, usury, robbery and other such acts.

    In Matthew, chapter 10, and Luke, chapter 10, Jesus tells the disciples he is sending out that if the towns reject them or treat them inhospitably, the towns will end up with a fate worse than Sodom, for Sodom had rejected angels while the towns will be rejecting the Son of God Himself.

  • Schitfly’s just asking the question “WWJD” (Who Would Jesus Deport).

  • tubi

    BTW what is the bible’s take on nanotechnology?

    As usual, it’s not very clear. Must be a parable or something. But He seems to be in favor.

    Zechariah 4:10

    10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

  • D. C. Sessions

    So, the whoe Sodom thing aside, do I read her correctly as excommunicating anyone who signs on to amnesty for illegal immagrants from the Republican Faithful?

    Can we get a list of the Disgraced?

  • Scott Hanley

    Leviticus 19:33-34 is even worse:

    “But if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (My emphasis, of course)

    So God says it’s okay for Obama to be President, even if he was born in Kenya.

  • In order to protect the American Dream for everyone who seeks it

    …using that new definition of “everyone” that applies only to gringos.

  • martinc

    slc1 @ 12:

    What’s the babble’s take on the strings hypothesis?

    Fairly solid endorsement, by the Bible’s usually vague standards. Psalms 45:8:

    “the music of the strings makes you glad.”

  • birgerjohansson

    Tubi @ 24:

    “the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth”

    Seven eyes? The only one I know who fits that description is one of the two wizards in Lankhmar that bossed around Fafhrd and The Mouser (Fritz Leiber: “Swords Against Death” and other anthologies).

    So Yahweh is like Superman/Clark Kent, he has a seekrit identity.

    — — — — — — —

    Parts of genesis imply there were pre-Adamite people, and they apparently got on with the immigrants (Adam and Eve). Lilith is not mentioned in the Biblical texts, but she and her offspring did NOT get along well with the new arrivals. I don’t know what that adds up to. If you are a demon, it is OK to be nasty to immigrants?