The United States has committed to accepting 10,000 immigrants from Syria. That’s far less than the European nations are faced with, but the attack on Paris has many Americans calling for a halt to that program. To be sure, most of the immigrants are fleeing ISIS, but ISIS has boasted that it will mingle with the immigrants as a way to invade the west. Stringent screening is supposedly in place in the U.S., but people are nervous.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for a “pause” in the settlement of refugees here. The GOP presidential candidates are agreeing (except for Jeb Bush). Twenty-six mostly Republican governors have asked that Syrian refugees not be settled in their states (though they have no authority to stop it). Republican congressmen are introducing bills to stop the immigration. One idea being put forward is to settle only Christians, who certainly are fleeing persecution, but the administration is indignant at the prospect of “religious tests.”
What is your opinion? Are Republicans falling into the Democrats’ stereotype that they are mean and lacking in compassion? Or are their proposals simple prudence? What do we Christians do with the teachings in Scripture that we should welcome “the aliens”? Does that apply here? [Read more…]