It seems like Americans are more comfortable talking about our nations’ ideals rather than living up to them. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty says:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
I can understand the need for carefully screening refugees from Syria and the Middle East, but to date we’ve welcomed approximately 1,500 refugees; a pitiful few considering we are a nation of immigrants some 300 million strong. The terrors taking place in Syria have resulted in more than 250,000 civilians killed and more than 22 million forced to flee their homes (that includes children). I can’t think of another nation more in need of the United States, but it seems like our country’s “Christian ideals” have been forgotten or are simply lip service.
Explain to me how having 22 million displaced Syrians living in poverty in the Middle East (because nobody will take them) won’t result in providing ISIS and others with a new generation ripe for recruiting.
NYT: G.O.P. governors vow to close doors to Syrian refugees
CNN: More than half of the nation’s governors say Syrian refugees not welcome
FOX News: Where are the Syrian refugees now?
NBC: House Speaker Ryan: “Pause” needed in resettling Syrian refugees
MassMutual has launched a social media campaign that asks who do you #VowToProtect and created this video talking about marriage equality. You needn’t be a romantic to be touched by this powerful video. Watch and share it.
Thanks to the blog Accidental Bear for bringing this to my attention.
Let’s not try to rationalize the irrational. This is an attack on everyone who values personal freedoms and individual liberties; unfortunately it happened to take place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Despite that obscenity the spirit of Paris and the French will rise above this tragedy.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We all know how lucky we are to live in the US. Being gay is the equivalent to a death sentence in many nations throughout the world, but especially in Africa and the Middle East. The LGBT Asylum Support Task Force is a group of dedicated volunteers who provide support for those seeking political asylum in the U.S. based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
If you would like to get involved come to Club Cafe tonight from 6-9 for their 5th annual drag gospel fest and to learn more visit: lgbtasylum.org.
Dean Paton joined a group protesting at a gay pride parade in Chester, England earlier this month with a sign of his own that was absolutely brilliant. I saw this article in HuffingtonPost’s Gay Voices and wanted to share it with you. You can read more and watch a brief video of Paton with his sign at the parade, here.
Help send Brian Sims to the U.S. Congress from Pennsylvania’s 2nd district, by signing up and making a contribution today, Brian Sims for Congress.
Back in 2013 in response to the Newtown, CT shooting President Obama threw his support behind the Manchin-Toomey background check legislation only to watch it fail. One of the reasons it failed was because NH Senator Kelly Ayotte sided with the NRA and was the only US Senator from New England to vote against background checks. Who can say if today’s shooting in Oregon would have happened if this legislation had passed but clearly not doing anything isn’t working.
Below are the US Senators who opposed sensible background checks in 2013. If you are as outraged as I am after this latest shooting and one of these people represent you in Washington D.C. then I would suggest you speak up and let your voice be heard.