Do you think Christian refugees are more deserving of American assistance than non-Christian refugees?

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This is part 32 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for here, and here.

32. Do you think Christian refugees are more deserving of American assistance than non-Christian refugees?

Unlike, Hawkins, I don’t put a higher priority on Christians over non-Christians, but with that being said, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world1,2. Most of the refugees are not being persecuted, but are simply being bombed out of their homes and have no place to go. That doesn’t mean they all are, but it also doesn’t mean we should just be letting people in without being vetted.

I also think that Christians are going to assimilate more to surroundings in the United States, or any country for that matter, more than non-Christians, i.e., Muslims. Why? There’s nothing in the Christian religion that says not to assimilate. Certainly, there are worldly things that we need to stay away from, or partake in moderation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fit in with our neighbors. Islam is more opposed assimilation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I have coworkers that are Islamic, and we get along just fine. That doesn’t mean all Muslims think that way, and one simply has to watch the news to see that there are a large number that absolutely will not assimilate. In fact, they believe we need to assimilate to them.

  1. Clark, Kelly James. The Most Persecuted Religion in the World. HuffPost News. Web. 4 Jan 2013. Accessed: 12 Apr 2017. 

  2. Burns, Peter. Christians are the world’s most-persecuted religion – here’s how they react under fire. Washington Examiner. Web. 18 Sep 2017. Accessed: 20 May 2018. 

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Banning Foreigners Versus Banning Assault Weapons

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This is part 20 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for here, and here.

20. Why are you more comfortable with banning foreigners than banning assault weapons?

Assault weapons are inanimate objects. An assault weapon never hurt anyone all by itself. It takes a human being to use it for violence. And while humans are generally wicked at heart, they use assault rifles in an incredibly small number of crimes. Unfortunately, when they do, the results tend to be horrific. Similarly, many people are afraid to fly because of the horrific impact airline crashes have on us. Yet, people generally have no qualms with getting into a vehicle even though it’s much more dangerous to drive than fly.

Further, people have a Constitutional right to bear arms. It doesn’t matter whether anyone likes it.

The foreigner’s issue is a little tougher. First, let me say that there is no Constitutional right for foreigners to have access to this country. We can let in as many or little as we want.

Second, no one is looking to ban foreigners. We just want to be more selective–and smarter–about who we let in. We want to keep criminals, and terrorists, out. We also want to keep people out that are not going to assimilate to American values. That doesn’t mean abandoning your heritage and family history, but it does mean you have to understand, and accept, that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. They also have the right to Free Speech, even if that speech offends you.

On a separate note, I find the idea that someone thought it was a good idea to lump human beings into the same category as an inanimate object, or tool, a little disturbing. I don’t find it surprising coming from a liberal, but yes, disturbing.

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How can a Christian deny Arab child refugees?

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This is part 3 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for here, and here.

3. If you’re a Christian how do you reconcile Good Samaritan/Sermon of the Mount with Trump denying Arab children safe passage?

Let me start by saying there’s going to be a little speculation here, but I’m not going to base my position on one or two passages of Scripture tossed out like a mic drop. While there are several passages that speak of treating foreigners well, there are also passages that infer wariness and caution.

First, God did not treat all foreigners the same. The most obvious, and the most controversial example, is God’s order to essentially exterminate the Canaanites. The wickedness of the Canaanites reached such a level that He used the nation of Israel to execute justice on every man, woman, and child. It should also be noted that this was not a rash decision. He actually waited 400 years before He decided it was time.

Second, God created the NATION of Israel. He set for them, specific laws that made them different from the surrounding nations, and He expected the Law to be followed. Sojourners did not have the same rights as the Israelites, despite the command to treat them with respect. If they did become part of the nation, they were expected to assimilate in ALL ways, i.e., follow the Law. Likewise, I see nothing wrong with expecting people who come here to be American citizens (legally), to assimilate to American culture.

Reading history indicates that immigrants coming to America have always tried to assimilate and become Americans. This phenomenon of the last twenty years or so, where immigrants come to America expect us to assimilate to them is foolish. Israel did that and was punished by God. We’re going to do that, and get punished by Islam.

Children are not the only age group looking for asylum. Unfortunately, the actions of adult refugees are hurting the safe passage of children. Simply Google ‘europe no go zones youtube’ and you’ll find plenty of reasons why so many people are not interested in helping people from the Arab countries: violence against women, violence in general, no-go zones, and not just a refusal to integrate but an insistence that we adopt their culture.

Other questions that need to be asked are, are the children traveling alone? Are they orphans? Where will they go? There needs to be a vetting process, and it appears that what vetting process there is, is substandard. Donald Trump’s TEMPORARY travel ban is supposed to address the vetting process.

Perhaps the most tragic thing of all, is that there is a good chance those children that do come here, will not adopt our culture either, but that of their parents, and they will grow into part of the problem.

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