It never ceases to amaze me how, under the guise of the very religion they so doggedly embrace, conservatives will commit the worst crimes against Christianity one could possibly imagine without a second thought.
Take the current war on the poor. If ever a rightwing endeavor was antithetical to absolutely everything Jesus stood for, this has to be the one. The Bible clearly denotes that Jesus said “feed the poor,” not denigrate, excoriate and refer to them as “takers.”
But as it is with all addictive behaviors – and putting someone else down so you can feel better about yourself does become an addiction – you have to continually scramble for a bigger and better fix.
So now conservatives have turned their voracious wrath on immigrant children which doesn’t really surprise me considering their propensity for picking on people who generally can’t fight back.
We’ve all heard about the unaccompanied immigrant children crisis brewing on our southern border. In an effort to escape grinding poverty, escalating violence, and abject famine, 57,000 Central American children recently crossed the Rio Grande in the hope of finding a better life.
Of course, the conservative knee-jerk rightwing reaction to this human tragedy was to blame to President Blackenstein and his laissez-faire policies when the truth was, it was actually George W. Bush who signed the law making it illegal to deport children from any non-contiguous country without due process.
So unless these minors come from Mexico or Canada, we can’t simply ship ‘em back.
But that stark reality didn’t stop folks in California and Arizona from blockading busloads of children – some with mothers and their babies – before they could get to the holding centers. And they were chanting things like “This is not our problem!”
Silly me! I had the temerity to believe we actually are our brothers’ keeper!
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, an Arizona State Rep and his protester minions proceeded to charge a school bus full of “immigrant children” only to discover they were YMCA campers.
Since the central concept of Christianity is clearly compassion, I’m challenging conservatives everywhere to offer just one reasonable explanation regarding how turning suffering children away fits in with your creed?
It’s not our problem!!?? Oh! I beg to differ.
The United States has meddled in Central America for so long, propping up and taking down dictators, it’s become an unmanageable morass. Add our insatiable appetite for getting high to the ensuing futility of the drug war and now you’ve created narco-terrorist states in which no one is safe.
Think about it! Think about the desperation it would take to ship your child across a border and through a desert where they’re subjected to rape and other forms of abuse at the hands of the “coyotes” paid to bring them here.
It’s not just a question of a better life, it’s a question of having one at all. The violence and poverty is so bad in Central America that sending their children through this kind of ordeal is actually the better option. Returning them would be nothing more than a death sentence.
So, I will ask the question again. How does turning desperate children away fit in with any Christian tenet I’ve ever read?
Given conservatives’ eminently consistent and predictable nasty nature, what bothers me far more than their increasingly hypocritical rhetoric is, the priests, pastors, and ministers who give these rabid folks a free pass.
I understand that Christianity is a tough standard, but no one (recently) put a gun to anyone’s head and “encouraged” them to go to church. So what I want to know is, where is all the ecclesiastical outrage over these conservatives, who smugly sit in those Sunday pews, and, in the very name of Jesus, subvert everything He ever stood for?
I can’t understand the deafening silence. Why haven’t I heard a thing about any local church providing aid or shelter to these children?
Because if you’re in the business of saving souls you’re not doing a very good job. What do you think is going to happen when your conservative congregation members make that journey to the Pearly Gates only to have St. Peter ask them why they turned their backs on children – truly the least of our brothers and sisters – in their time of direst need?
Of course I already know the answer to that question because your religion is pretty clear about those kinds of consequences.