The year was 1939. Hitler was in power in Germany and World War II was on the horizon. Hitler’s Jewish Problem scenario was well underway already. In this country, two things happened that turned out to be the wrong decision. First was a bill introduced in Congress to allow several hundred Jewish children to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. That bill was voted down. The second was the St. Louis incident.
The St. Louis incident was not over St. Louis, MO. it was about a ship called the St. Louis with 908 Jewish Germans looking for refuge in the west from Nazi Germany. Later the ship was renamed the shipped of the damned.
The original destination of the St. Louis was Cuba. These Jews were fleeing Germany. They were refugees looking to stay alive. When the ship arrived in Cuba, the Cuban government refused to allow them to disembark. They told them they were not welcome in Cuba.
The ship then set sail for the U.S. However, the U.S. also told them they were not welcomed. They even had a Coast Guard ship follow the St. Louis to ensure it did not enter U.S. waters.
Finally, Canada said they were not welcome there either. So, the St. Louis had no where else to go. It was a ship with no destination. It eventually had to return to Germany. Over one-quarter of the 908 passengers who were on that ship seeking refuge from Nazi atrocities were murdered in the camps.
At the end of the war, the entire world was shown the horrible conditions of the concentration camps and the millions of people who were systematically murdered by the Nazi Regime. The world felt shame because they refused to help the Jews in Germany when they begged for help, like the people on the St. Louis.
The U.S. actually took another look at our policies about refugees. And, since then, we have been more open to accepting refugees from around the world. Even still, the vetting process to gain refugee status is extremely tough. It takes several agencies and anywhere between 19 and 36 months before a refugee is cleared to enter the country.
Things were going pretty well for a long time. Now, we have a president who doesn’t think so because we are allowing too many Muslims into the country with refugee status. He doesn’t think the U.S. should allow Muslims to seek refuge in our country, and sure as hell not be given that status.
So, today, which is also Holocaust Remembrance Day, our stupid president placed a ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries. Those countries are Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. He said this is being done to keep out radical Islam terrorists and mentioned 9/11.
Only, none of these countries have had any connection with 9/11 or any of the terrorist attacks or attempted attacks in our country since then. Most of the people who committed terrorist attacks in our country came from Saudi Arabia. Egypt, Lebanon and of course the U.S. are the other countries where terrorists came from to attack us.
Syria is the most blocked country. The ban on Syrian refugees is undetermined at this point. The order places a 120-day suspension of the entire U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and a 90-day ban on all entry to the United States from countries with terrorism concerns.
He also mentioned that we are going to begin using “extreme vetting”. He never says just what extreme vetting is. We already have the strictest vetting process in the world, so what else does he want to add?
Of course, just to be sure everyone understands just what this ban really means, he also said he would give special treatment to Christian Syrian refugees. In other words this ban is simply a religious ban and nothing more.
Our country has seen this type of stupidity before. If you look back in our history you will discover that at one point Jews were banned from immigrating here. Catholics were banned from immigrating here. And other religions were banned from immigrating here as well.
To make matters even worse, there are hundreds of people in Iraq and Afghanistan who were expecting Visas to enter the U.S. that will now not get them. These people have helped our service members in their fights against terrorists and the Taliban.
They acted as translators and were promised visas to the U.S. for their help and their safety. Now, our president has potentially signed their death warrants. How nice of him. Ask the service members who worked with these people how they feel about this ban.
We have a president and a Republican Party that claim to stand for “Christian Values”. This order says they are liars. This is no way this ban can be called “Christian Values”. Christians in Syria and other areas in the mid east are persecuted. However, the vast majority of people being killed and “beheaded” by ISIS and other terrorists in the region are Muslims!
Assad and Putin have mercilessly bombed civilian populations in Syrian cities and killed thousand of people including children. Children are starving to death in refugee camps and Syrian cities because aid cannot get to them.
And, now our president says they cannot come here because they are Muslims. He says they are not our problem and we don’t want them here. He says that we do not follow the Christian Values he and his party claim.
Nearly half of the Syrian population have been displaced by the civil war. All they want is somewhere they can go to be safe and raise their family. Only, our president says he doesn’t care about them.
Our European allies are not too thrilled with this order either. It puts them in the crosshairs for refugees now especially since they don’t have the U.S. to turn to. The United States Of America has now told Muslims the same thing they told the Jews before World War II. Our president has told them to “fuck off and die”.
Additionally, he has just handed terrorists the recruiting tool they most wanted and need the most. They can now point to this ban and claim that America is waging war on Islam and not on terrorists. Way to go mr. president! With enemies like you, ISIS doesn’t need friends.
He has said that our values do not mean the same for them as it does for Christians. He has said the our values do not mean the same for people of color. He has imposed religious tests in order to get into our country.
If you are a Christian and accept this ban, you are guilty of just as much hate as trump is. You have no values, no conscience, no morality, no compassion, and no soul. You are part of trump’s evil empire.
Is it any wonder people like me have turned away from your Christianity? Is it any wonder anyone would even consider following such a heartless religion? This is a national shame and trump and his Christian followers more than anyone other group is guilty of bringing this shame upon our country.
If you agree with this ban, I guess it is time to tell you the same thing Bannon said: “You should just shut up”!