Refugees and Thanksgiving . . .
So, we are now at the annual tradition of Thanksgiving. In accordance to my life, it has become a pretty damn good holiday. Mind you, there are a lot of people out there that really don't have much to be thankful for. As a Humanist, I like to keep this in mind because no matter how good I may perceive my own life . . . there are always others that need more than I do. This is why I keep food in my car to pass out to homeless people, donate to various charities, am constantly adding on that extra $5 or so at the register to organizations that are reputable, etc. I simply do what I can, and mind you . . . I could always do more.
Now, since the attack in Paris and Beirut the other week, we have a new conversation happening in America . . . Syrian refugees. Many of our politicians and citizens no longer want to allow them in fear that any of them might be associated with ISIS or other terrorist organizations. Rather than exhausting myself with listing all the issues and statistics, I encourage you to watch this:
Within that segment is a particularly important quote:
Aside the fact that there is essentially nothing to fear by continuing to allow refugees a haven in the US, allowing refugees is one of the top moral values of our country. Just take this as a prime motive:
And to all of my Christian friends, take this as a prime motive:
Now, between the video and the two photos, there's a lot to unpack here.
1) It is our duty to be benevolent and allow these refugees a haven.
2) Statistics show that we have more to fear among our own citizens than we do Islamic terrorists.
3) Only a small population of the Muslim faith are terrorists. So, when someone says that most, many or all Muslims are terrorists . . . just tell them that they are wrong.
4) Not allowing refugees and keeping them closer to the terrorists that are trying to kill them will lead them closer to death or radical conversion.
5) No religious text is actually about peace. Not yours, not theirs . . . not any one. It is all in how the reader perceives it and cherry picks value.
6) This: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-was-originally-muslim-woman-180957377/?no-ist
7) Stop being a huge dick!!!
8) We were refugees from a society that we didn't want to belong to anymore and in settling here we decimated a shit ton of people. We took this land from them, killed them, isolated them, tried to "reform" them to our like and didn't give a shit about the horrific reality of it.
9) It's ok to tell people they are wrong and still have a fruitful, peaceful conversation. Just put the guns away #guncontrol
10) Really, stop being a dick. We are human beings and we need to treat everyone as though they are as well. Love doesn't stop with the people you live with or hang out with. It extends with giant arms over the entirety of our world.
With that, I say Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for the things that truly matter, the people you have, the people we did have and the people you don't have . . . they matter too. There is no skin color or religion that makes us less valuable or less desirable to love. To say it simply, spread the love . . . not the hate.