A Biblical justification for cruelty: “Fox and Friends” guest argues that turning away asylum seekers is the Christian thing to do.
Earlier today “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy interviewed Christopher Harris, the executive director of “Unhyphenated America” and a self-identified authority on Christianity.
Doocy asked Harris:
What are people getting wrong about what’s going on just south of San Diego?
Well, I think the problem is how the media is characterizing America as a whole. They don’t understand, look, America is definitely not a theocracy, but we are, without a doubt, a nation of Christians and, as such, we know we’re commanded to give refuge to those who are in need.
But here’s the thing, we’re not being allowed to welcome them into the nation. They’re actually storming the border. You know, it’s just like somebody coming into your house. You have a front door. You know what I ask? Knock on the door, ring the doorbell, allow me to open the door to let you come in. And that’s what they’re not doing, is they’re demanding to come in. And I saw one of the clips from one of your reporters who was embedded down there in Tijuana and these gentlemen are saying that you know, they’re trying to come in. They know they don’t qualify for asylum. And even from a Christian standpoint, the Bible talks about who are the poor? Right? It’s the women and children. And what you’ll see at the border it’s probably like 90 percent adult males.
And of course, the claim that 90% of the asylum seekers are adult males is patently false, as Doocy gently reminds Harris:
Right. In fact the latest number is I think — of the people they have taken a look at, 3,600 men, there are about 1,000 women, and about 1,000 children as well.
Harris is one of many Christians willing to use their faith to justify cruelty, like using tear gas against women and children seeking asylum. In a thread on Twitter that is well worth reading, Stonekettle notes:
Nothing demonstrates the morally bankrupt wasteland of Christian conservatism in America than the Republican mass apologia surrounding the gassing of migrants on our Southern border.
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) November 27, 2018
Bottom line: Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Christopher Harris, a Christian apologist, offers a Biblical justification for cruelty, and argues that turning away asylum seekers is “the Christian” thing to do.