The holier than thou folks on the right are using the ISIL attack in Paris and the Syrian refugees to fear monger and gin up their sheeple. They are creating an even more dangerous atmosphere of anti Muslim sentiment than we’re used to. It’s sad that we’re actually “used to” any level of bigotry, but such is the nature of Conservatism these days.
We have “ammosexuals” intimidating Muslims outside their Mosques; Red State Governors grandstanding, and playing the terrorist card; while conservative politicians call for religious tests. Hell, most Right Wing Christians wouldn’t even pass a test of their Christianity; in fact, they’ve pretty much mastered the art of how to suck at your religion.
In what he titles: “A Christian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis”, Matt Barber spends at least four paragraphs in an anything-but-Christian rant. He then proceeds to be selective, if not downright misleading, as to facts. He writes:
Nearly 70 Muslims, including refugees, have already been arrested within America’s borders in the last 18 months. In just the past week, over a dozen Syrian refugees have been caught at our borders with fake passports and bad intentions.
The one benefit people like Barber have is that folks reading their posts are not likely to question, let alone follow links and read sources. For instance, the “70 Muslims” are largely made up of American citizens who sympathized with ISIL and/or converted to Islam. The “over a dozen Syrian refugees caught at our borders” links to a piece titled 8 Syrians caught at Texas border; the other 5 in the post were apprehended in Honduras. They had faked passports yes; but two statements from the original source, the UK’s Daily Mail, were conveniently left out:
- Men are not considered terrorists, Honduran officials tell Daily Mail Online
- Men fled Syria after fears they would be kidnapped by ISIS, police say
What’s a little skimping on the truth, right? Let’s look at some other “Christian responses”. Rev. Franklin Graham declared:
“We cannot allow Muslim immigrants to come across our borders unchecked while we are fighting this war on terror.
…We need to pray for God’s mercy, His grace, and His protection. I pray that America will turn to God before it’s too late.”
Unfortunately, Franklin’s idea of mercy where the refugees are concerned, is leaving them in Syria in “safe zones”. He doesn’t mention where exactly he thinks they’d be “safe”. This, by the way is what many neighborhoods look like now:
Concerned only about Christians, and obviously failing to see the irony, Allen West wrote:
As reported by Fox News, “The dwindling Christian population of the Middle East could vanish completely within a decade unless the global community intervenes… followers of the Bible are being killed, driven from their land or forced to renounce their faith at an unprecedented pace.
The world has largely stood by as a dangerous tide of intolerance has washed over the region…
One could be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about the U.S. Back in February, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said this about Christians in the Mideast being targeted by ISIL:
“These jihadists are persecuting religious minorities based solely on their beliefs. Our country is committed to religious freedom and we must take necessary action to protect the people facing this unjust persecution.”
West’s and Boozman’s statements are so in-your-face hypocritical, they’re almost humorous. Now for a few Lousy-excuse-for-a-Minister Mike Huckabee statements:
Are we going to open the door so ISIS people come on in, give them a place to stay and a good sandwich and medical benefits? (GOP kids’ table debate, 11/10/2015)
Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV? (Eagle Forum Conference, 09/2015)
If you bought a 5 lb. bag of peanuts and you knew that in the 5 lb. bag of peanuts there were about 10 peanuts that were deadly poisonous, would you feed them to your kids? (Morning Joe, 11/2015)
This guy might be exhibiting signs of dementia; he sure as hell isn’t speaking like a minister.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who built built himself a big ol’ megachurch in Dallas, says:
“It is time to start bombing the you-know-what out of ISIS. That is a biblical response.”
Conservative “Christians” have suggested putting refugees in internment camps, registering all Muslims in the country, even warrant-less searches of mosques. These people aren’t Christians, they are messengers of fear and animus; they are the ones you cannot trust.