The following article is from GLOBAL CITIZEN. It is a call to action, asking for the signing of a letter to the President to reverse his executive order for extreme vetting. This is a simple way to take immediate action that reflects the moral values we hold as people of faith.
Reverse President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Refugees
The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable.
On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, implementing extreme vetting of refugees who enter the country.
It suspends the entire US refugee program for 120 days as new “extreme vetting” rules are developed, even though America already has the toughest vetting program for refugees in the world.
It halves America’s refugee intake to a maximum of 50,000 annually, with a complete ban on admitting refugees from war-torn Syria.
It stops seven predominantly Muslim nationalities – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – from even visiting America. This includes dual-nationals, green card holders, and most visa-holders.
As Global Citizens, we know that opposing viewpoints are a vital part of any robust political discussion. We work with all sides of politics to ensure that governments continue play a leading role in ending extreme poverty.
However, there are basic values that weave the fabric of the American Democracy – like not discriminating on the basis of religion and nationality.
This policy crosses that line.
Refugees are the most vulnerable fellow citizens on our planet, fleeing unimaginable horrors of conflict, persecution and disaster.
These are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters.
We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin.
We must call President Trump out on his actions and ensure that refugees can have place to call home.
Today is a defining moment in the history of our nation. I have already cast my ballot for the next President of the United States. And if you have not voted, I urge you to go to the polls before the day is done.
The future of our nation is being determined by our actions today. I know the kind of country I long for, and I know the qualities and values I want to see in my President.
It is also exciting to think that we are again making history. We have had eight years of strong leadership with our nation’s first African American President. Now, we can hopefully look forward to having our first female President.
Today is the day. Please vote. Nothing else is as important. Whatever else you do today, vote.
The Dalai Lama, long an advocate of peace and reconciliation among various faith traditions, recently declared that once a person or a group decides to indulge in violence they are no longer being true to their supposed beliefs. He pointed out that the Koran even states that once one commits bloodshed that person can no longer be called a follower of Allah.
Christians need to take a lesson from the Dalai Lama. In a time when so many are promoting divisiveness, here is one spiritual leader who continues to seek reconciliation. As followers of the Prince of Peace, we are called to be “ambassadors of peace and agents of reconciliation.”
There is no room in Christianity for hate speech, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric. Faithfulness to Christ means we love and accept each other even as we have been loved and accepted. Violence, even in response to violence, is not part of the Gospel.
Faithfulness to Christ demands more. The faithful Christian response to terrorism is love. The faithful Christian response to terrorism is forgiveness. Anything less, as the Dalai Lama would say, is to be untrue to what we proclaim we believe.