Doug Wilson – Conspiracy Theories Involving Immigration

Doug Wilson – Conspiracy Theories Involving Immigration October 25, 2018
Screen cap from a recent NBC News story

Every time you think that Idaho pastor Doug Wilson has reached the depths of his awful opinions he busts out another one in his blog Blog and Mablog. This time he’s talking of the recent migrant caravan.  Does he feel sorry for people fleeing poverty, violence and corruption? No, it’s all about conspiracy theories.

“And Jesus doth saith do not feedeth those of brown skin..”

I’ve been watching this story for days because living here in Central America you see what happens when a populace is deprived of safety, of justice, of food and the basic necessities of living that we all want.  We’ve had a recent large influx of Nicaraguans here, and they are literally running for their lives.

No matter what your thoughts are on the topic of immigration I’m sure most everyone would agree that everyone has a right to a safe environment, something to eat, and a shelter over their heads. That’s what these people are after, not stealing Doug’s job, or going on welfare or any other conservative fantasy of his. There are more mothers and children in this group than anything else.

Mothers and children. I guess Doug figures locking up migrant children is no big deal.

So why is it that many fundamentalist evangelical pastors like Doug Wilson here, would go out of their way to deny desperate people any help at all and proclaim it’s a conspiracy?

First in the unquoted bits Mr. Wilson tries to claim that the nations these people are fleeing just aren’t that bad. He points to the Venezuelans running to Columbia. Not so true now, and there is still horrific drug violence in the regions of Columbia closest to their country. He implies that there is no way that someone from Central America would go anywhere more than two countries away.

First, Doug, Venezuela and Columbia are in South America, not Central America. Second, are you kidding me? People from every country in Central America have been coming to the United States of America for many years, and not just walking either. We joke here that half of New Jersey is Costa Rican.

Port-a-potties? Not true.

The rest of his article is the usual combination of words, words and words that make no sense at all except to say that he really dislikes poor desperate people.

We live in interesting times my friends.

I love this piece by Reverend Jim Martin and his take on migrants on Facebook. It’s the anti Doug.

Edited to add: Does this story sound like the migrants are criminals coming across the border? There are single children fleeing violence as well as families.

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  • karmacat

    Of course, Doug doesn’t want them. They are too poor to give him money to keep him the lifestyle he has become accustomed to

  • Tawreos

    It is almost like conservative websites have replaced the bible for so many christians like Doug here.

  • Rachel

    I met so many displaced Venezuelans when I was living in Colombia. It really is that bad. Colombia’s problem is more internal displacement. They’re doing a lot better than they were a couple decades ago, but there are still regions with a lot of violence and instability, and so they tend to flee to other cities within Colombia.

  • Saraquill

    Aren’t there some Biblical interpretations that have the Middle Eastern Hippy and his parents fleeing to Egypt for fear of their safety? For that matter, the Old Testament has people fleeing OUT of Egypt because their situation was awful.

    Then again, Doug might spontaneously combust if he read his holy book to gain better understanding an empathy of current events.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Yes, the situation in Venezuela is so awful right now. We used to say we were going to visit Colombia because until recently they were trying to lure American retirees with pensions to Colombia. But with the instablity in the region we’ve decided the visit can wait awhile.

    Still amuses me that Doug Wilson does not seem to know Central America from South America.

  • Jen (*.*)

    I’ve lived in Mexico and Central America and traveled the world. White American Evangelicals have treated me far worse than anyone else I’ve encountered.

  • SAO

    Why stop at one small caravan? Why not just say that all starving refugees are actors paid for by the democrats? That way, you never have to worry about the inconvenient things your religion said about helping others. You can just sit in your comfy home, snacking on tasty food and ranting about those tedious pictures of misery Democrats are forcing on your tv screen?

  • AFo

    I’m just trying to figure out the logistics of how one would pay for a migrant caravan. Like, does one dude get a check in the mail and written instructions to have x number of people in this specific place, on this specific date? Are they told to make sure the most photogenic ones or the young parents with babies are up front for the news cameras? If it is a Soros-funded conspiracy, shouldn’t we be able to follow the trail of the money back to him? I know logic is the enemy of people like Doug, but what he’s saying makes less sense than usual.

  • bekabot

    If it is agitprop, it would be interesting to ask and/or find out who it’s been staged by, since left-wingers don’t try to activate their base by fulminating against the evils of immigration, but right-wingers do. Just saying.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    “Actual” refugees is an important phrase for people like Doug. It allows them to express support for “actual” refugees, and wax lyrical as to how gratious and (theoretically) generous and accommodating they are (or would be) to “actual” refugees, and tell themselves what a good person this makes them, while at the same allowing them to be as selfish and inactive as they want, because any real existing person who needs their help (or indeed just for Doug & co not to persecute them) can be written off as not an “actual” refugee, but some sort of facsimile.

  • Ruthitchka

    American right-wing Christianity is not very “Jesus-y”.

  • frostysnowman

    What does a “normal” refugee column act like? And won’t George Soros run out of money soon, seeing as how he’s funding every bad thing in the world?

  • persephone

    It’s not like they were ever actually Christians.

  • persephone

    These guys never read the Bible. They go to some Podunk, unaccredited bible college, read whatever church father interpretations of the bible they’re assigned, usually the worst, most detestable, extremist versions, such as Calvin and Augustine. They literally could not handle reading the bible and studying it on its own. If they did, they’d know that it is 99% myth, and has some really effed up stuff in it.

  • persephone

    Well, it’s all green (flora) and brown (people), so how could someone who hides in the whitest, RWNJiest section of a RWNJ state know the difference?

  • gimpi1

    Ignore any down vote by me; missed the reply button.

    Now, on to the reply:
    It’s like ‘actual rape.’ Many people of Nr. Wilson’s ilk don’t count date rape rapes that occur at parties or after going to a bar or to or from work or marital rape as rape. Because, of course women shouldn’t date or go to parties or bars or work outside the home and your husband has the right to sex. What this does is let them pretend to respect and sympathize with the victims of sexual assault while attacking or ignoring the vast majority of them.

    Apparently actual refugees aren’t brown skinned, speak perfect English, are the right kind of Christian, and aren’t fleeing desperate situations – so they have time to follow elaborate protocols. That means you don’t have to have sympathy for or provide aid to anyone who doesn’t fit the ‘actual refuge’ model.

    It let’s you be a dick without acknowledging your dickishness.

  • Rachel

    I would definitely recommend visiting Colombia. I’ll be going to the Southern region (Cali, Popayán, Pasto, Ipiales, and hopping the border to Ecuador) for winter break to celebrate Carnavales, and recently I lived for 6 months in Cartagena and another 6 months in Medellín and I didn’t have any problems. My sister and parents even visited me in Medellín. I’m a sucker for mountain views so I highly recommend the Antioquia region (Medellín is the major hub, and a lot of beautiful little pueblos such as Jardín) and the coffee region (El Eje Cafetero–Manizales and Salento are must-dos). If you prefer the coast, then historic Cartagena and Santa Marta along the Caribbean coast are your best bets. Santa Marta has the prettier beaches, and Cartagena has the historic city.

  • GeckoShamelessRaceMixer

    Yes. If it is some kind of paid operation, it doesn’t benefit the left.

  • B.E. Miller

    He’s being partly funded by liberal feminist atheist democrats and the Illuminati.

  • B.E. Miller

    I’m trying to think of a good joke about the left getting the refugees to vote, but I’m not getting it….

    anyone else?

    Sorry, I’m just going for that laugh or you’ll cry bit.

  • jilofalltrades87

    This is skating the edge of Poe’s Law here. Many people do NOT stop at the caravan. Or at refugees — I mean all the Parkland survivors were paid actors too, amirite? /s

  • jilofalltrades87

    In the interests of not strawmanning, I want to say that in my experience Doug DOES read the Bible, pretty frequently and regularly. I completely agree with you however that he cannot handle actually studying it, particularly with integrity and willingness to accept that it actually says what it says. Instead he reads it with his preferred blinders on and twists it to whatever he wants it to be.