Minister’s Musings

The events in Paris, and the responses around the world, have shaken us all. I think, when something like this happens, we must be so careful not to let grief, anger, and fear blind us to the humanity of those who are identified with the attackers – Muslims, refugees, people of Middle Eastern descent. This is particularly tragic because the refugees so desperately seeking asylum are running from the same violence that descended on Paris last week – but on an infinitely larger scale. A member of our Social Action Committee, Udelle Stuckey, has been in touch with the Denver agency that works to resettle refugees, and they told her that what would be most helpful now would be to contact your federal representatives and urge them to continue to allow refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries into the U.S. All refugees go through an extraordinarily intensive screening process before they are allowed in, so they are not the ones we need to fear. We have only to think of the many European Jews who were denied entry before WWII to realize that this is a dangerous path, with millions of lives at stake. Meanwhile, we mourn the many beautiful people who died in Paris and in Nigeria this week, victims of terrorist violence. When one is harmed, we are all harmed.