Christians are leading the charge to deny help to Syrian refugees

Christians are leading the charge to deny help to Syrian refugees November 17, 2015

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There is a funny thing that the #AllLivesMatter and Pro-Life movements have in common, they both refuse to help Syrian refugees in serious need of life-saving asylum.

What else do they have in common? They are both overwhelmingly Christian movements. Because if it’s racist and hypocritical in the United States, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a Christian movement.

The All Lives Matter movement is nothing short of a white supremacist movement that spawned in response to the #BlackLivesMatter, fighting to claim that we should not be focused on only black lives, but all lives, ignoring that caring about the systematic slaughter and oppression of a particular race should and does require special attention. The lovechild of All Lives Matter is, of course, Blue Lives Matter, another white supremacist movement that attempts to equate police deaths to those of black men and women around the country.

Prolifers,  on the other hand,  only care about fetuses. This movement is generally filled with right-wing conservatives who oppose welfare for the poor, support the death penalty, support the endless “war on terror” and other systems of killing that take more lives every day than abortion does in a week.

Syrian refugees are fleeing a country torn apart and becoming increasingly dangerous as ISIS furthers its control of the country slaughtering men and women by the thousands.

Those who manage to escape and survive the long and treacherous journey out of the country are then turned away at the border of many European countries. Now all eyes are on the U.S. in the wake of the Paris, France attack from ISIS and how President Obama should handle those coming into the country from Syria.

The Christian right has solutions, and those solutions are either turning everyone away because they have brown skin or are Muslim, and so must likely be a terrorist. Senator Ted Cruz said on Sunday that only Christians, and not Muslims, seeking asylum should be allowed to enter the U.S. and evangelical leader Franklin Graham warned that allowing Muslims to enter the U.S. would make us the next Paris.

“I’ve said this before, and many people criticized me for saying it. We must reform our immigration policies in the United States. We cannot allow Muslim immigrants to come across our borders unchecked while we are fighting this war on terror. If we continue to allow Muslim immigration, we’ll see much more of what happened in Paris — it’s on our doorstep,” he wrote.

None of these leaders are batting an eye at the existence of Christian terrorist groups, because of course they will claim no terrorist organization can be Christian by nature, but don’t apply the same logic to Islam.

The truth is, of course, both Christian and Islamic terrorist groups exist, but the Christian right cares very little about the truth. They care about creating a culture of fear, because when you’re the GOP, fear equals votes.

The more frightened Americans are, the more likely they are to vote for the war hawks and xenophobes who offer to protect them from sure disaster by bombing the living hell out of a wedding party in Afghanistan.

Just please, they ask, forget that 9/11 took place on their watch.

But shouldn’t Christians, especially those who claim to be pro-life and believe that all lives matter, want to help those fleeing the grips of terrorism? Yes, of course, they should, but they will not, because their ideology is not based on empathy or compassion. It is based in greed and a lust for control and fueled by a racist and bigoted fear of people they don’t understand.

If they asked themselves honestly, “what would Jesus do?” the answer would be to help those in need. But alas, the American Christian conservative is a hypocrite, and the blood of every child who washes up on shore, every man, woman, or child who dies after being sent back, or after being refused entry, is on the hands of these Christian hypocrites.

These are the new breed of American terrorists, using fear and public policy to make sure the nation remains the white, Christian utopia they believe it to be.

[Image: Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons]


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