“welcoming Christian refugees but barring (jihadist) incomers”
We need to set up a solid battery of polygraph tests on the immigrants, to find out who are Christians, who are pretending to be Christian, who are peaceful Muslims and who are extremists. Or we could just expel Muslims back to their destroyed cities to face imminent death, and welcome Christians. We know that it is always been part of the Judeo-Christian Faiith and Scriptures to label and differentiate between which migrants we should welcome and which one we should reject. That is why Scripture says:
“Thou shall love the stranger, unless he wants to do harm to thee or his presence in thy country leads to unemployment, economic distress, monetary inflation, and potential increase in the public debt”,
“The alien who resides with thee shall be to thee as the citizen among thee and thou shall love the alien as thyrself, unless of course thou feelest threatened by the alien, in which case thou may cast him back from were he went and withdraw thy love from him”
and in the New Testament:
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, unless they be of a kind that should not be shown hospitality because there is a chance they may do harm or have a hidden agenda”
Discrimination is usually an excuse put forth by those who simply don’t want immigrants, but cannot say “keep the persecuted Christians out” if they want to continue calling themselves Christian.
Furthermore, things have changed a lot in 500 years…is it really fair to compare the Muslims of then with today’s Muslim, especially since we live in a nation that is densely populated by both Christians and Muslims? Is it not a defensive and reactionary stance, to use the Rosary to specifically oppose a religion?
For those who do not know it, a vast number of Muslims do not understand Jihad as a “holy war” against the Crusaders or Western Civilization. Many see it in a transcendental way as a path of self-mastery. It is analogous to our definition of “spiritual warfare”, where we do not literally mean to fight spirits or to fight war, but rather to conquer sin and the passions. And yet we’ve had our share of “holy wars” against the Muslim and of nutjobs who justified violence in the name of Christ, haven’t we?
So, should the Muslim also gather and pray the Dhikr against unjust discrimination?
We didn’t wait for the U.S. bishops to do anything. As a group, they don’t seem cut from the same cloth as the great Polish bishops who are so busy (being bishops), protecting and leading their flock among real dangers
Yes, our feeble bishops are not macho infidel powerhouses as those other ones. We should write down why we believe the American bishops do not protect and lead their flock among real dangers, and then nail it at the entrance of the USCCB headquarters! Wait, no, that would be an obvious protest. Let’s have people sign it, mail it instead, and this way we can call it a “petition”. That’s what the Church teaches on the relationship between the laity and the successors of the apostles, after all.