1/29/17

Trumpkins and religious 'discrimination'

Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Immigrants

The contention was consistent with the conspiracy theories held by some conservative Christians that Mr. Obama was secretly a Muslim, and that he was turning a blind eye to the suffering of Christians while using the reins of government to increase the Muslim population of the United States.

But the claim is simply untrue. In 2016, the United States admitted almost as many Christian refugees (37,521) as Muslim refugees (38,901), according to the Pew Research Center.

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“We have no evidence that would support a belief that the Obama administration was discriminating against Christian populations, said the Rev. Scott Arbeiter, the president of World Relief, the humanitarian arm of National Association of Evangelicals.

Of course, some of the 'Christian' Right are supporting the Trumpian position. Not surprisingly, one of these is Franklin Graham.

Graham does not see the refugee 'issue' as a 'biblical' issue. Mark Wingham, writing in Baptist News Global, rather strongly disagrees.

On immigration, Franklin Graham is dead wrong

Well, we all - most of us, some of us - knew that the 'Christian' Right is about as 'Christian' as the Roman soldier who stabbed Jesus with his spear. But Our Leader is really starting to wake up the more sincere practitioners of the Christian faith.

"On top of previous outlandish comments about Muslims, the son of America’s most famous evangelist last week rushed to the defense of Donald Trump, saying the president’s hardline ban on immigration was just fine because it is “not a biblical issue.”

File this under the category of “alternative facts.

As Wingfield notes in his article, Graham is correct on one point. "The Bible does not discuss American immigration policy.

Then Wingfield quotes Deuteronomy:

"For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

While my personal fave is the Scriptural basis for Chapter 53 in The Rule of Benedict, the foundation for the Order of Saint Bendedict's priests and nuns.

Franklin Graham actually said that the immigration and refugee 'issue' is not a biblical matter. He did.
I've never had much use for Graham. He is a political hack, driven by a quest for political power, and he milks the faith of millions to acquire that power. And money, too. Ol' Franklin ain't hurtin' for the geld.

He needs to worry less about rendering unto Trump, and more about rendering unto Jesus.