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Nov 16, 2015

Political ideologies are using Christianity to provide a veneer of moral legitimacy to their pre-existing xenophobic, war mongering and immoral objectives. The irony, of course, of Christians lustfully joining the effort to deny safehaven to Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of their homeland is that Jesus was a Syrian refugee fleeing the violence of his homeland.

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The devastating terror attacks in Paris are many faceted, but there is one in particular that is picking up steam. In Europe and, oddly, but not surprisingly, in the US, the tragedy is being used to stoke anti-immigrant sentiment.

In addition to individual attacks on Muslims, or people who closely enough resemble Muslims, governments in Europe and the US are talking trash, closing borders and dropping bombs. As often happens during these moments, political ideologies are attempting to dominate and use religion to justify pre-existing immoral political and economic objectives.

As such, the Right Wing is not just capitalizing on people's fear in the wake of a terror attack, but using Christianity to provide a veneer of moral legitimacy to their pre-existing xenophobic and immoral objectives, including anti-immigrant policies and an expansion of the very lucrative business of war in the Middle East. Consequently, Christians are standing up against providing shelter to refugees and for war against Muslims.

The irony, of course, of Christians lustfully joining the effort to deny safehaven to Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of their homeland is that Jesus was a Syrian refugee fleeing the violence of his homeland. Much like today, in the days of the Bible Jesus would have either been denied entry into Europe, imprisoned by the government or murdered by Europeans upon arrival.

The only place Jesus was safe then was the place his parents took him: Africa.

Below is the text:

Luke 2 (New International Version)

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Matthew 2 (New International Version)

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”[c]

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

 

And the modern day Herods are also bombing all of the target areas and their vicinity.