This blog is not normally for political conversations, debates, or current events. But this is something that has been on my heart and it should be discussed.

Writing the phrase Everyone Matters on a blackboard

Over the course of the past week, there has been so much talk about the Islamic State and the war that they are trying to create across the world.

There has also been many conversations about the issue of whether or not other countries, like the United States, should allow the Syrian refugees to seek safety within our borders.

Syrians are now the largest refuge population in the world.

I have seen so many conversation on social media about how “proud” people are of their governor for signing some document stating that they will not allow refugees in their state. As of right now, this has occurred in 31 states I believe, including the one that I live in.

I will not stand here and say that I am “proud” of the governor of Arizona.

Frankly, it makes me sad.

When did we as a people become so close minded? How can we, in a right mind, try to justify turning away thousands of people who need our help?

As some of you may have seen, one of the terrorists in Paris had a Syrian passport lying next to him. This, supposedly, proved that he got into Paris as one of the 4 million refugees who have fled Syria.

So obviously, this means that we can hate every single one of those refugees, right? Apparently that’s the consensus.

I don’t understand this viewpoint. We are all people.

Speaking of France, they are still letting in 30,000 refugees in the next two years, even in the wake of the disaster that they experienced.

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When did we stop valuing all human life equally?

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Americans acted the same way when it came to the Jews trying to flee Germany when they were being executed. 67% of Americans wanted to “keep them out” as they do the Syrian refugees now. Over half of of the American population at that time said “no” to 10,000 Jewish children (ONLY children) taking refuge here.

Those Jewish children then, are the Syrian children now.

Where would America be today without the millions of Jewish people living here?

The vetting process for this group of human beings is extensive. It takes about 18-24 months for them to be cleared. It’s not just like we are opening our borders and saying, “Feel free to come, whoever you are. We won’t even ask questions.”

Give me a break. There are measures being taken to protect our country.

These are not just men who may or may not be a part of the terrorist group. These are children. These are families.

I dare you to search for google images of where these children are being forced to sleep and stay now because they have no home. This is just one example:

A Syrian refugee child who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, poses for a photograph at the border town of Arsal

(Photo Credit via newsweek)

Their home has been leveled. Their country is no more. If they stay there, they would become child slaves, or die. The only hope that they have is relying on countries like the United States to help them.

I get it. It’s scary thinking that we might be letting in a terrorist who could potentially bring disaster to our country. This is, of course, why we have the responses from the governors in half of the U.S. Fear, completely justified.

What I don’t understand is how we can punish the millions, for the sins of the 1%?

Is this not what ISIS wants? To bring fear? To make it so we are all against one another? To bring war? By us turning on other human beings, INNOCENT human beings, we are giving them the hatred and the war that they want.

They are dividing us.

They are the ones who need to be punished. Not the families who have lost their homes and who are looking for hope.

Call me a humanitarian if you will. I will gladly take that as a compliment.

If I did not have a family of my own, and four children to look after, there is nothing that would stop me from volunteering for a group like UNICEF because that is how much I believe in this. So please, don’t comment with rude responses. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and this mine.

I challenge you to think about this. Do the research for yourself. Decide to spread love instead of giving in to hatred and fear. Decide that all human lives have value.

Humanity over hatred.

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7

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