The relative quiet at the Table Round made me realize that ye knights are sitting back sharpening thy lances, waiting for me to take a controversial stance on something so that thou can skewer me. Skewer away!
Several months of debate on the "problem" of illegal immigration. Most of our conservative brethren take the view reflected by the comments in this blog of Senator Bill Frist. Basically, they don't belong here, and we don't want them. The other side of the debate is hard to get a handle on, but at least one viewpoint that we should be able to relate to is held by the Catholic bishops of the United States...their view is summarized in the last paragraph of this story from the Catholic News Agency. Basically, we need to extend Christian charity to these strangers to our land.
I can't find Biblical support for the first viewpoint, and I find plenty for the second. We have plenty, they have little. Our children are safe and healthy, their's generally are not. We are fully employed (5% unemployment is full employment), they are begging on the streets for work. These are poor people who need a hand; they are not waging war with us, nor are they trying to subvert our faith, bomb our buildings, or steal from us, as some would assert.
As far as I can discern, these folks would be just as strong and upright Americans as any previous generation of immigrants has ever become. They have a strong faith in Christ and in family values. They work hard and pray hard. Sure, they look different, speak a different language, and impose a different culture on our cities. Is that really a bad thing?
I say all true Christians should embrace these new Americans-to-be, and I further assert that thou canst not prove me wrong by any part of God's Word submitted in the Spirit of our Lord, Christ and Saviour.
Sir Carlos Reyes