Inhumanity

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I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. If you’re a Trump supporter or not. I don’t care what you think about immigration reform, or whether you believe in God or are an atheist.

If you’re a human being, you cannot possibly think separating a child from his/her parent is humane.

Humanity: All human beings collectively. Whether immigrant or American. The human race.

If America’s policies are not humane, then we as a country are inhumane.

When the stories of these separations first began to hit the news cycle, I’ll admit, my first thought was one of denial. Perhaps the media was sensationalizing the claim. I did not want to believe this was happening in America. I didn’t want to believe the GOP had slid so far down the slippery slope of their desire to retain control. (I’m a life-long Republican.)

So, I continued to listen and read a variety of news sources about “tent cities,” camps and an empty Walmart housing the children, while both Trump and Sessions rationalized the “zero tolerance” policy as a deterrent to illegal immigrants.

Mural of President Trump at Casa Padre, formerly Walmart. (image courtesy US Department of Health and Human Services)

“If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. We’ve got to get this message out. You’re not given immunity.” ~~Jeff Sessions

Two things happened, and I could stay silent no longer.

1. The Photo

The little girl in the photo above is about the age of my granddaughter, Allie. I couldn’t help but think about my own grandkids being taken from their parents. Allie needs her mommy. It wouldn’t matter if she was taken to a park, a toy store or even Disneyland. When she’s sad, hurt or especially frightened, she wants her mommy. Period.

How can anyone, especially a parent, try to make the separation sound harmless by reasoning the children are being “well cared for” and have a clean environment, healthy meals and plenty of toys?

When Dr. Colleen Kraft, head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, entered a facility, she found a “little playground where children could play. Rooms were equipped with toys, books and crayons.”

She noticed a 2-year old girl crying and pounding her fists on a mat. Dr. Kraft said, “The really devastating thing was that we all knew what was going on with this child. We all knew what the problem was. She didn’t have her mother, and none of us can fix that.”

Read more here: “America is better than this”: What a doctor saw in a Texas shelter for migrant children

2. Propaganda

The comments excuses BS spouting from the mouths of those trying to soothe concerns about taking children away from their parents began to remind me of the propaganda used during the internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. (If you aren’t familiar with my family’s history, my mother was interned at the age of eight.)

The following statements are almost identical to the justification used to intern my mother, her family and 120,000 others of Japanese ancestry–2/3 of them American citizens.

  • It’s for the security of our nation.
  • It’s in their best interest.
  • They’re being kept in a clean, safe environment.

If you don’t want to watch the whole video, jump to around minute 5:00. It might surprise you to hear how similar the propaganda sounds to what’s being said today.

Remember the biblical quote Jeff Sessions recently used to justify this “zero tolerance” policy:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

And here’s a quote from the end of the video about the Japanese Internment:

” . . .we are protecting ourselves without violating the principles of Christian decency . . .”

Now, here’s Romans 13:10, which AG Sessions failed to mention:

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

We may disagree on our politics. We may disagree on our religion. We may disagree on how immigration should be fixed. We may disagree on what the biggest security risk is to our country.

But I believe, if we really think about it . . . if we stop for a moment and empathize with those immigrant parents, or at least with those children, how can any of us think separating children from their parents is humane?

And if you agree it’s inhumane, how can you remain silent?

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11 Responses to Inhumanity

  1. StuHN says:

    I really think it’s time to Storm the Bastille. Just watched a video of lawmakers from NY & NJ trying to gain access to one of these concentration camps. The Gestapo at the booth and door were keeping them out with BS spewing from their lips.

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    • Jan Morrill says:

      Stu, the statement in the Washington Post linked in Sessions’ quote above should be a wakeup call: The passage — “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” — has been read as an unequivocal order for Christians to obey state authority, a reading that not only justified Southern slavery but also authoritarian rule in Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.

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      • StuHN says:

        I just wish more people would wake up. The supporters of 45, and those who want to hide their heads in the sand because they are “tired” of all the political talk, are leading us down a very slippery slope. I’m with you: I’ve just feared this admin from day one.

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  2. Written with passion and integrity. Gilead is just around the corner, I suspect.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    What is happening in our country is sad and scary. I think this is opening a lot of eyes. At least I hope it is.

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  5. Rowena says:

    Thank you so much, Jan for getting me to stop and pause on this nightmare tonight. I’m Australian and have never been to America, partly by choice. It is easy for us over here to switch off to what’s going on over there as the gun violence and Trump’s behaviour are so over-the-top and excessive and nothing seems to be done about it. It is also hard to know how we can act and make a difference here in Australia. I used to belong to an online blogging group called 1000 Voices for Compassion and we’d write a post on various aspects of compassion once a month and we’d focus on issues like this as a collective and I felt that I was part of a change. That I was making a stand and using my pen, instead of the sword. These issues do feel bigger than us as individuals and yet we have to fight against that smallness and bring people together. Hit the streets. Do something. I particularly love John Farnham;s “The Voice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbkOZTSvrHs
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  6. Jan Morrill says:

    Thank you for your note, Rowena. Sadly, it confirmed my fears of what “we” must look like to our friends across the sea. I want to say that Trump does NOT represent America, but this will be harder and harder to believe and convince others of, if we don’t vote Republicans who support him out of office in November and move toward finding a way to end his presidency. And if that doesn’t happen, I, too, will feel powerless to make a difference.

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