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I have had it with US politicians and talking heads creating recruitment ads for ISIS by verbally attacking Muslims as terrorists.

Pandering to xenophobics: “The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that tightens restrictions on the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, amid security concerns.”

In his latest advocacy for the unconstitutional: ‘Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he would be open to having a “Muslim database” in the US in the wake of the Paris attacks.’

I must have missed all of the restrictions placed on Scottish Christians following the Oklahoma City bombing. It’s stranger still that Cuban refugees aren’t subjected to extensive screening following the Mariel Boastlift after it was the discovered that many of the Cuban refugees had been criminals put on the boats by the Cuban government.

Just a little extra reading for all of the so-called Christians:

Deuteronomy 10:19 – Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 – Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Colossians 3:11 – Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.

If the government of France still accepts Syrian refugees, and it does, US politicians are really beginning to look like wimps, not ‘world leaders’.


1 shirt { 11.19.15 at 11:34 pm }

Say not US politicians, say the GOP! While there are notable exceptions (Bob Dole H.W. Bush) the GOP seems to be composed of people who would love to send the sons of others to war.

2 Badtux { 11.20.15 at 2:19 am }

I posted it on my blog, but I’ll post it here because it deserves to be spread far and wide. This was a Letter to the Editor in my local puppy trainer this morning.

““I can understand why many people want to slam our doors shut against refugees. I get it, I really do. What I cannot understand is how these same people can call themselves Christian.” — Sister Marilyn Lacey, Sisters of Mercy, Menlo Park, CA

I can almost hear the yardstick slamming down on the teacher’s desk at St. John’s Parochial School as she says that last sentence…

3 Shirt { 11.20.15 at 9:46 am }

There’s a most excelent Krugman piece here:
Called “The Farce Awakens”. The only thing that republican pols have is “fear itself”, That’s it. Nothing else.
Unfortunately, their aging white base is easily frightened. Those that aren’t frightened are so steeped in racial bigotry they’d screw over the country before leting that upity black dude in the white house achieve anything that might look like progress or a win.
And what passes for the republican inteligentsia caters to these fears and hatreds, like dogs returning to their vomit and adding a bit more each time.

4 Bryan { 11.20.15 at 8:17 pm }

Shirt, two dozen Dems voted with the Repubs so they wouldn’t be called weak on terrorism, not realizing that the bill was an obvious indicator that they were bed wetters.

Maybe Donald could require Muslims to wear armbands, perhaps a white palm tree and crescent on dark blue, just like the South Carolina flag. That should make relations with Israel ‘interesting’, given that the Anti=Defamation League has already extremely negative about this crap.

That was the reason I included the quotes, Badtux. The first university I attended, Colgate, was founded in 1819 by an ancestor of mine to educate Baptist ministers. No matter what your goals, chapel was required and you studied the Bible. I left after two years because of the requirements, but I remember this stuff.

5 ellroon { 11.21.15 at 2:21 am }

Amazing how we didn’t freak out and ban all Saudis after 15 of 17 terrorists on 9/11 were discovered to be from Saudi Arabia. Odd, that…

6 Bryan { 11.21.15 at 3:42 pm }

Well, the Shrubbery and the Neocons were positive that the best way to deal with the problem was to attack Iraq. They were so certain that they pulled troops away from the effort to catch Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion of Iraq.

7 Steve Bates { 11.24.15 at 12:34 am }

Bryan and Shirt, given that I was a card-carrying Democrat for a couple of decades, you may well imagine I’ve soul-searched a lot about congressional Democrats’ participation in the Constitution-bashing I usually associated exclusively with GOPers in those years. IOW, our political system, contrary to the wishes of most of our nation’s founders, first dwindled to two opposing parties, which then came perilously close to becoming one unopposed party, before diverging a bit as Dems began to realize whatthehell is going on these days. My tentative conclusion is that Democrats are grotesquely imperfect in their willingness to ditch parts of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments (at least), just like Republicans, but grotesque Democratic imperfections aside, Rethugs, at least their leaders, are just plain evil. It’s gonna be a hard slog from here on out…

8 Bryan { 11.24.15 at 3:36 pm }

Bill Clinton and ‘triangulation’ really damaged the Democratic Party, but the pandering of the Repubs to the worse elements of the American Id has wandered outside the framework of reality. If Democrats go back to the principles that allowed them to hold Congress for so many years, they might actually get people to believe they aren’t just the lesser of two evils.