Why? Because I believe that the laws of this land are exactly that -- laws. I believe that our elected officials and our judicial system (those who rule on laws and determine their constitutionality) have put into place a system of immigration laws that are fair to those attempting to enter the United States *and* that serves to help safeguard the safety of those living here.
When I stated that yesterday, someone not-so-nicely reminded me that the current immigration policies haven't always been in place. My response is three-fold:
- I know that! And I don't care what the laws used to be. We don't enforce laws that are no longer "on the books", nor should we. But we must enforce those laws we currently have. If we're not going to follow these laws, there's a few I don't want to follow, too. (No more federal income tax bites for me!)
- There's a reason the laws today aren't the same as they've always been. Laws change -- as necessary -- as society and its needs and the context change.
- If you do not like the current immigration laws, get off Facebook and other social media and work through the proper channels to bring about the change you would like to see.
More importantly, though, I want to respond to those accusations that I am a "hater", acting out of fear.
First, I do not hate the Syrian refugees. In fact, I feel great compassion for them and pray for them (and not just once a day out of habit). BUT, and this is important, no person, no country can fix every problem. The US already takes in 70% of immigrants taken in world-wide. We've hardly turned our backs on those in dire straights. But just as we should and must welcome with open arms those who enter legally, we must protect those who already reside here. I know I've said that last part before, but it bears repeating because some of you seem to be missing (or perhaps conveniently ignoring it for some reason?) that point.
Secondly, I don't fear a terrorist or terrorism. I know Who is in charge, and I know that I will die someday. I'd prefer to go peacefully -- preferably in my sleep after close to 100 years of vibrant living, but if that's not the plan, so be it. But I'm not going to worry about death between now and when it comes knocking at the door. Oh, I'll eat right and exercise, to maintain a good quality of life, but that's about it.
In fact, on Thanksgiving Day, I'll be attending what is, according to the experts, an event that is every terrorist's dream -- an NFL game in Dallas, Texas. If I were really afraid, I'd stay home. And I'd be keeping my beloved son and daughter home with me. Trust me!
Do I sound grumpy? Just a tad? Well, I am. I'm tired of people ignoring the facts, conveniently ignoring what is actually said, and taking it upon themselves to tell me what I think and feel. Those people overstep their bounds and common sense.
They are also hypocrites.
They accuse those of us who want immigrants vetted as the law requires of stereotyping, of lumping all Syrians immigrants together into one big lump and labelling them all "terrorists". And while I've already explained that that isn't true, the greater point for this paragraph is that they do this while at the same time lumping together all of us who advocate vetting all immigrants as the law requires into one large lump and calling us "haters" and even racist.
And please, don't tell me what God wants me to do. I read the same Bible you do. Yes, we're to love our neighbors as ourselves.
But Luke 10:19 says, "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you."
According to every concordance I've consulted, "serpents" and "scorpions" refer to those who do evil.
If individuals who burn other humans alive while watching and laughing and filming the act are not evil, I don't know who is.
If individuals who put a group of people in a cage, submerge it in water while watching on underwater cameras so that, when it appears their victims are almost dead, they can pull the cage out of the water, let their captives get their breath for a few minutes and then submerge the cage again . . . and again . . . and again aren't evil, then who is?
If individuals who rape and torture and maim and kill women and young girls, who torture and maim and kill little boys, young men, and the elderly aren't evil in your eyes, I'd like to know how *you* define evil.
So stop it! Stop the second-guessing and the name-calling. Contact the immigration folks and tell them you are more than willing to sponsor a houseful of Syrian immigrants. Fix up the basement; better yet, put a couple of extra beds in each of your bedrooms. Bunking parties are so much fun!
What? You can't do that? You don't have the financial resources? You don't have room?
Well, neither does this country!
Oh, it's not that? What is it? You don't know these folks and don't want to invite into your home and the home of your kids people you don't know, whose backgrounds you don't know, and whose intentions you don't know?
Hey! What are you afraid of?