I’ve previously blogged about the dangers of romanticizing the United States Civil War by ignoring the question about whether the cause of the combatants was just and emphasizing their heroism.
Read how one bigot testified at a South Carolina Senate hearing urging adoption of legislation restricting resettlement of Syrian refugees in South Carolina:
I find it curious that Syrian men of fighting age have abandoned their country in a time of crisis; American men did no such things during our bloody Civil War.
A South Carolina Senate committee hearing on proposed legislation to restrict Syrian refugee resettlement included misleading testimony. Reporter Eva Moore authored this article published in the Free Times of January 27, 2016.
And one woman went all in on themes touched on by a number of other speakers.
“Not only is the federal government bringing South American and Central American foreigners to disenfranchise me,” she said, “But in their frenzy to import a more favorable voting bloc the federal government is compelling South Carolinians to accept Muslim refugees as well.”
She invoked the recent mass assault in Cologne, Germany, suggesting a deeper agenda to refugees’ desire to come to America.
“I find it curious that Syrian men of fighting age have abandoned their country in a time of crisis; American men did no such things during our bloody Civil War,” she said. “Could it be that wealthy older male Muslims have taken for themselves a disproportionate number of wives? Perhaps these older polygamists are only too happy to send their young men out to take women through conquest. And if they die trying, their imams have assured them that their deepest sexual and social frustrations will finally be satisfied. How disastrous that European men relinquished their duty to defend their wives and daughters and permitted their government to strip them of the means to do so.”
The racism & religious bigotry reported in this article are outrageous, but pointing that out hardly seems to matter these days. A few basic facts should be mentioned, however. Continue reading
In Augusta, Georgia, USA, our peace group published a column on its website objecting to our governor’s executive order prohibiting Georgia government agencies from aiding Syrian refugees. When our local daily paper published it as a letter to the editor, one online commenter referenced an incident in the Republic of South Africa as evidence that the USA should not accept Syrian refugees. Continue reading
Rev. B. Scott Hicks of Lebanon, OH’s Oregonia United Methodist Church (for identification purposes only) posted an overview of the refugee resettlement process into the United States.
Read more about the Fugees in the book Outcasts United.
In the comments section of my hometown newspaper’s editorial urging blocking resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, a user cited an article by TopRightNews.com (using my donotlink.com short link).
#1, some of the links in the article don’t support the claims the article makes or link to incorrect documents. For example,
… The 10,000 Syrian refugees are first flown to the United States, according to the French news wire Agence France-Presse, with the State Department paying the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the airfare.
If you read the entire article, not just the excerpt toprightnews provided, you’ll see that the 10,000 are not arriving at once, but after a long vetting process. In fact, nobody who’s just started an asylum request today has a decent chance of arriving in the US prior to Obama’s leaving office. Any Syrian refugees arriving now are people who made applications months, or even years, ago.
Later the toprightnews.com article quotes a portion of terrorism expert Barnazzani’s interview on a New Orleans station. The part toprightnews didn’t include was:
“It’s going to be the 18- to 45-year-old male for the most part,” he said. “It’s a percentage game. It’s not fail-safe, but it’s a percentage game.”
Still, as more of the refugees take up residency in the New Orleans area, Bernazzani discourages fear.
“These are just people from another country trying to escape misery by virtue of a civil war,” he said. “We had our own civil war, and so I wouldn’t be worried, but I would be vigilant,” he said.
Regarding the Jeh Johnson quote, it omits the information that Jeh Johnson then provides about the steps the US takes after receiving the asylum request forwarded from international agencies.