Conservative Christian America, I Hope It’s Ignorance

Conservative Christian America, I Hope It’s Ignorance September 26, 2019
Photo by Max Bohme via Unsplash

Conservative Christian America, just stop.

Please.

Do you have even a spec of empathy within the place where your soul should be? Can you really watch ICE rip children from the arms of their parents and be even a little okay with it? Are you truly cool with deporting your literal neighbors, sending them to their certain death? Seriously, what is going on in your mind?

Maybe you are just ignorant. Maybe you don’t know how incredibly horrible the policies you support truly are. Maybe if you opened your eyes you would see that the manner in which our nation behaves is bat-shit-crazy in its level of dehumanization.

Maybe you just need to see with your own eyes how our border patrol torment children and families who cross the southern border (in a manner you don’t approve of) in search of a better life. Maybe you need to visit one of the private, for-profit, prisons that hold torn apart families in cold cells for the simple crime of pursuing a future for their children.

Honestly, I sincerely hope you are just ignorant because the alternative is even scarier.

There are a lot of y’all – conservative Christian Americans – and the idea that millions of you don’t believe that people should be treated with the most basic level of humanity is rise-of-Nazi-Germany terrifying.

I don’t know if you know this, but Jesus was actually very much like the children you are tearing from the arms of their parents. Yeah, your Jesus.

I know the common notion in the US is that Jesus is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, NRA card carrying, conservative Christian, Trump advisor – but that’s actually a thousand percent not reality of the guy you call your savior.

Straight up. Jesus wasn’t even white. Yeah, I’ve seen Passion of the Christ too, it’s not accurate.

Jesus was a brown refugee from the Middle East- shocking, I know.

When he was a little guy, Jesus and his Middle Eastern parents fled to a foreign country seeking refuge from the very real threat of violence, kind of like how many are trying to flee to the US to also seek refuge from the very real threat of violence. It’s almost like there is a similar goal of fleeing violence going on here.

Could you imagine that scene playing out here in the US?

Like how do you think we’d receive Jesus?

“Excuse me, how dare you try and enter this great Christian nation without proper papers that you couldn’t get even if you tried! I don’t care if your little child will die if you return. Sorry, we are going to have to take you to a privately-owned detention center where millionaires are profiting off the American tax payer’s dollars to rip your family apart and imprison you for no reason. Welcome to America where your baby Jesus is about to be stolen from your arms, locked in a cage, and then probably adopted out to a random white family.”

Seriously, this is the world we have created.

I mean, are you really okay with this? Are you really good with having lost your entire soul?

I hope not.

I hope you are ignorant because if you are, there is a chance you could wake up from your fabricated reality and realize that you are killing people with your policies of dehumanization.

People are dying here.

Children are dying.

Stop this progressing genocide.

Don’t be that guy that didn’t realize that Hitler’s policy was evil until millions were already burning.

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  • Scott

    Such hypocrisy. The picture is of children in cages during the Obama administration, the administration that deported more people than ever! I’m finding it difficult to locate a post from you railing against the policies back then. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d74c2420326e37e4adbdab03c2ef63d643985e8a1365787eec09536793eb189b.jpg

  • Gary

    The US in entitled to decide whether to let foreigners live in the US, and which foreigners to admit, if any, and how long they are allowed to stay. No foreigner has a right to live in the USA. Denying a foreigner entrance to the USA is NOT mistreating them. Those who think it is mistreatment have a false notion of what mistreatment is.

  • Exile34

    The people being railed against here are the ones who are for immigration. The other side is for removing the concept of immigration from the Southern US border, and No. Where. Else. in the entire world.

  • Sportsfan3

    No, it is inhumane and injust to put children and their families in detention centers or cages. However, it has happened under previous administrations, so why wasn’t there an outrage then? Open borders and amnesty are what the left tends to reward those who willfully break the law to enter this country. If a family wants to come here, they must come here through the proper channels, which means filing for legal immigration or emergency visas for those who are fleeing corruption, crime and terrorism. However, those who are the terrorists, drug lords, or criminals themselves should face automatic deportation.

  • Pennybird

    Claiming refugee status is a legal act and there are channels to follow from that point on. Your comment about the left rewarding them is misleading.
    But why do you bring up other administrations? You’ll remember that Obama was widely criticized for his deportations, so you can’t claim we kept quiet. Or do you bring it up to demonstrate, however erroneously, that Trump isn’t such a bad guy? Just so you know, and as the gist of the article indicates you might not, he’s a really bad guy.

  • James Elliott

    As a matter of policy, i agree. Non-citizens do not have the right to enter, and the federal government has the responsibility to determine who is “safe” to enter the U.S. On the other hand, the rest of us have the moral responsibility to take care of those who are vulnerable. All of the legitimate religions insist that their members engage in practices that minister to the most vulnerable. Including those who are living in oppressive Central American countries where people are in danger. The U.S. of course, being a democratic-republic, means that ultimately the government rests in the hands of people like you and i – at least in theory. So…how do we address a situation that is a crisis?

  • ChuckyPeirce

    I’m guessing that the when your ancestors came here the “channels” were quite different. Until the 20th century there were few rules at all; if you were able bodied or if someone already here who was self-sufficient would vouch for you then there were few barriers left. (If I recall, immigration officials checked new arrivals for a number of eye diseases, for example.)

    Today’s rules are very restrictive. If they were in place when your ancestors applied the odds that you’d be an American today are extremely low. Doesn’t that make your attitude appear a wee bit selfish?

    Incidentally, the population density in the US is less than that of about three-fourths of the countries in today’s world. And we don’t have the excuse of a hostile geography or climate, like Greenland, Myanmar, and Saudi Arabia do.

  • Nathan Scarborough

    Its true that what Obama did to immigrants was awful, but that doesn’t excuse trump. I know that I am paying more attention to what is going on now than I was during the Obama administration, and I should have been paying more attention then. Regardless of this fact, Obama is no longer the president, and Trump is. Yes, it is important to talk about the things that we as a country of done wrong in the past, but it is equally as important to talk about what we are doing wrong right now. There is no question that Trumps entire attitude towards immigration at the southern border is wrong, and fundamentally incompatible with the christian faith.