Monday, October 5, 2015

Concerning the Refugee Crisis

I was going to post this the other day, but was advised to wait a while. I think it needs to be out there, even if my readership is small, perhaps it will be forwarded to others. It is important.

I have just begun to read regularly since I am concerned about the refugee crisis in Europe. I first heard Robert Spencer on Michael Coren's daily show, he was a weekly guest, but now that Coren is off the air, I have to seek out Spencer in other ways.

Many call him "Islamophobic" and a right-wing bigot. I don't think that is at all true. Spencer is a Maronite Catholic, a man well versed in Islamic writings and theology. He has made it his life's work to know Islam inside and out. And he perceives a very real and present danger with the flood of refugees into Europe.

By the way, the American Congress of Bishops pulled their representative who was to attend the annual Lutheran Conference in Dallas TX in August of this year, when they learned that Robert Spencer was to be the keynote speaker. Why did they not want him to be heard? This man is not a nutcase, he may be alarming but that could be because he has a warning to give.

I heard that our diocese here in Nova Scotia is preparing to sponsor one Syrian family per parish. For a total of 100 families. I sincerely hope this is not true.

Call me Islamophobic, but there is ample evidence that caution should be used when bringing in refugees from Muslim countries.

Mrs Merkel’s offer last month to accept all refugees from war-ravaged Syria opened the floodgates. More than a million migrants are expected this year alone, the bulk of them far from genuine asylum seekers. There is now deepening disquiet in this Christian country, dotted with churches, that it is being overwhelmed by people of a different religion and culture.
Some of the tales being told in Germany may just be xenophobic scaremongering. But there is no doubt that the country is grappling with a major culture clash as migrants pour in at the rate of 100 an hour or more. 
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People seem to be blissfully ignorant of the fact that a wave of refugees coming from a radically different country than your own is going to change your country forever. While the Christian teaching emphasizes compassion for the homeless and especially for the refugee, there really is a great danger in opening one's home country up to a group of people whose values are so very different from yours.

There is a naivety amongst many people whose hearts are in the right place. They really do wish to help the downtrodden and who fits that description better than a refugee family fleeing their country because of war? But compassion must be tempered with wisdom. As Jesus said "the poor you will always have with you". That is not an instruction to ignore the plight of the poor, but it is a statement that we shouldn't be surprised by the presence of poverty and of suffering. It will always be there. It doesn't mean that we have to be bleeding hearts every time we hear about it.

There is a call for prudence and wisdom in dealing with the refugee crisis. Amongst those refugees are people who do not wish us good. And we have a duty and a right to protect ourselves against the kind of violence that they may bring upon us. Amongst the refugees are those who are willing to advance the Islamic agenda of converting the whole world to Islam and that means converting the infidels. Guess who that is? 


1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Are you sure that the Syrians they are wanting to sponsor are Muslims? Christians are being slaughtered in Syria; they've razed churches and killed children, kidnapped many. I imagine that the Syrians they want to give asylum to are Christians that are being targeted by extremists in Syria.