SPERO: Compassion for the ‘stranger’ can’t outweigh the nation’s best interests
Some in religious circles are invoking the Biblical verse “Thou shalt not afflict the stranger” as justification for awarding illegal immigrants a full basket of ongoing social services, as well as a “fast track to citizenship,” which others think is but a euphemism for amnesty.
In all matters, the Bible teaches discernment, and there is a distinct difference between not afflicting another and requiring that we subsidize an entire life, especially when the burden of that support falls on the shoulders of already overtaxed families, themselves not beneficiaries of such “entitlements.” Basic respect and kindness is one thing — it is a sign of our humanity; onerous sacrifice and national bankruptcy is a quite another.
The Bible’s primary interest in this matter is a moral one: We all start out as children of God and should thus be treated with civility. In contrast to the biblical community, many ancient societies viewed strangers as fair game to be robbed, incarcerated or as fodder for harsh sport and brutality. This, the Bible points out, was the way of Sodom. Even today there are cultures and nations where “infidels” and strangers are oppressed and treated as subhuman. (continued here)
What Rabbi Aryeh Spero does in his article is provide a simple explanation of why we have a right and an obligation to control our borders.
Note that when I clicked on the rabbi’s website, my virus scanner complained about possible malware. I think that was a false report. When I googled caucusforamerica.com, I did not find any malware issues, and this report says caucusforamerica.com is okay. I visited the site without any apparent problems. Who knows why someone wants to blacklist it?
Anyway, here is a simple question for those demanding some form of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Are you ready to solve the long term problem by ending the welfare state, the subsidies that taxpayers pay for the “privilege” of attracting millions of new welfare recipients to our nation? No? Then they it appears you just want to flood the country with people who want to vote themselves entitlements. So what is the point of paying any attention to you? Is national suicide a rational option?