“Be diligent that thou mayest be a wise steward.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 136:27
Let’s just get to it:
The Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Should we, or shouldn’t we? (though latest news says the geniuses in the White House have already said we will)
It is not our responsibility to house these people. That may sound heartless, but we cannot properly vet these individuals to ensure that they are safe to bring to our country (not to mention our massive debt). In fact, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul has expressed that “the concern that I have and that the FBI testified to is that we don’t really have the proper databases on these individuals to vet them passed and to assure we’re not allowing terrorists to come into this country and until I have that assurance, I cannot support a program that could potentially bring jihadists into the United States” (source). Does that mean some innocent people will suffer? Unfortunately, yes. But with the exponential growth of ISIS and radicalized Islam, we cannot afford to take that risk. Some may label this as racist, but it’s important to remember that Islam is not a race; it’s an ideology with adherents from all over the globe.
I know that in the past week, #welcomerefugees has been trending on Twitter. If an individual really feels that sentiment, perhaps he/she should tweet out his/ her address. Not trying to be snotty, just saying that you cannot ask a government to collectively do what you yourself will not individually do.
On a happier note, the LDS Church and other charities are providing resources for Syrian refugees. I’m not saying we shouldn’t give; of course we should. But housing them or providing asylum is not a good idea.
Disagree With Me?
Let me know.
There’s plenty to debate here.
And I’m up for it…