At this moment, as I’m writing this post, Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan wants to stop the resettlement of Syrian Refugees. I don’t even know what to say to that. But what I can say, is that quite a few people that have been giving me shit for bringing clothes to not just Syrian refugee children, but also Iraqi, Somali, Afghani, Yemeni and Sudanese refugees.
They tell me (in messages):
“What about the Native Americans? What about the homeless, specifically the veterans? What about the poor people?”
To that, I said:
“You didn’t say shit last week about all of those people, and if I remember correctly, you called people on welfare ‘vermin,” you also once said we don’t have enough money for PTSD treatment. You acted horrified when I pointed out that we didn’t accept Jewish refugees in 1939, and how we didn’t accept more refugees from the Soviet Union, Vietnam and China. So why are you bringing this up now. What are you really trying to say?”
They then answered:
“I think you’re just going to waste all the donations, and call me back when there’s beheadings and stonings in the streets.”
I finally snapped:
“Oh, there it is. That’s what you’re trying to say. By the way, my father is retired US military. And all the leftover clothes that don’t fit are going to other charities. So don’t tell me I ain’t patriotic, or I don’t care. If you’re really such a good Christian (This country isn’t Christian, it’s in The Constitution, and Separation of Church and State for the win), here’s some stuff for you”
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt (Leviticus 19:33-34).
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner (Leviticus 19:9-10). He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt (Deuteronomy 10:18-19). Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt (Exodus 23:9).
“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:5).
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25:25-36)
They then said:
What about their children, their children are brainwashed. I would prefer we accept orphans, and that we accept babies and children under 5, or those that can speak English.
There’s a lot of damn exceptions to the rule there. The children I’ve met can not speak our tongue. They don’t understand the words that flow. But they can see the hatred, and they can feel that they’re not wanted. The appreciative looks upon their faces when people bring them clothes speaks volumes more, about love, peace and acceptance, than your words could ever say. They would rather be homeless, in a place where no bombs fall from the sky, than be sheltered in a war zone on the verge of starvation and repression.
And, also, when my friend posted about the refugees, this was an actual exchange:
So yeah, no. I refuse to lose my humanity.