Letter: Trump's refugee ban is contrary to our values

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As a Christian minister, I was horrified to hear of the ban on refugees and Muslims. Read the story of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan that was “good” was a foreigner and was someone who had a different religious tradition.

The ban on our global neighbors is completely contradictory to Christian faith and to American values. We are a nation that seeks not to discriminate on the basis of religion or no religion.

To be a Christian is to love God with one’s whole being and to love one’s neighbor as one’s very self. Our neighbors extend to those who are different from us.

In one week the Trump administration has shredded our deepest values: “Give us the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Thankfully, we are also a nation of people committed to equality, hope, compassion, and justice. This executive order (signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day) will not stand.

The Rev. Allison C. G. Smith
United Church of Christ
Harpswell 

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  • EdBeem

    Amen to that.

  • Lucy Ball

    “The ban on our global neighbors is completely contradictory to Christian faith and to American values. We are a nation that seeks not to discriminate on the basis of religion or no religion”

    Too bad the same does not apply the other way around for the infidels.

  • Chew H Bird

    None of us want to discriminate. People are people. I do not like the ban. That said, we need to re-boot how we do things and encourage people to immigrate to our country that want to become citizens. We also need to weed out those who wish us harm. I have zero idea of what our new President is doing will make our country a safer place to be. I know that I would not have taken the path he appears to be on. That said, what we have done in the past has not been working so I am trying to keep an open mind.

    • EdBeem

      What makes you think it wasn’t working? No foreign terrorist attacks since 9/11.

  • truther

    I don’t understand how this is even debatable. Trump’s immigration order only targeted the people following the law — people with valid visas and even green cards. In other words, people who had already been vetted and given permission to come here. With absolutely no warning we suddenly started throwing these people into jail when they landed at our airports and prevented thousands more from coming here in the first place.

    None of the travelers detained have been shown to be a threat. None of the judges to have looked at the order have supported it. Major terror-sponsoring nations like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan aren’t even on the list at all.

    It’s had no effect on security and has served merely to wreck the lives of ordinary people and make our nation look petty, frightened and small.

    • Lucy Ball

      Where in the world did you get that information???

      • truther

        Those assertions are all widely reported and easily verifiable. If you can prove otherwise, then feel free to share with the class.

  • jack bauer

    Eff. Jan. 20 @ 12:01pm, the responsibility for the nation’s security rested on the shoulders of a new president. Any attack on the homeland by fighters who entered the country after that time would be the new administration’s responsibility. President Trump was right to institute a temporary ban on travelers entering the country from places which are considered emergent threats. The loss of ISIS held territory in Iraq and Syria are forcing thousands of ISIS fighters to exfiltrate to the 7 specified countries in the EO. This has nothing to do with the 9/11 attack which occurred over 15 years ago but with the emergent threat against the United States. That said, there were about 109 folks who were definitely inconvenienced at arrival airports. I am sure everybody regrets that and is sorry. The national security nature of the order required nearly immediate implementation nationwide to be effective and to prevent would-be attackers to enter the country before the temporary ban was implemented.