Friday, June 15, 2018

"The Bible Is Trending Because It Was Just Used to Justify Ripping Babies from Their Mothers’ Arms and Putting Them in Interment Camps"

Because it needs to be documented: think of how documentation now allows us to see Catholic religious leaders in Germany and Austria, Catholic priests and nuns, raising their hands in Nazi salutes, blessing the Nazi state. We should never let ourselves forget what's possible: the bible, religion, can be used to justify almost any heinous practice under the sun, if people are willing to stoop to that use of the bible and religion:

Brian Karem to Sarah Sanders in the video above — her father is an ordained Southern Baptist minister: 

Come on, Sarah, you're a parent. Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do…. These people have nothing, they come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You're a parent! You're a parent of young children! Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?

This week, reporters were allowed into that center, where nearly 1,500 boys were being held. Most were unaccompanied by adults when caught trying to cross the border; the rest, though no one would say precisely how many, had been taken from their parents. 
The center, a converted former Walmart, was clean and orderly, if overcrowded. The boys, ages 10 to 17, were well cared for — but could not leave. It was a prison for Spanish-speaking children. Trump and Sessions must be proud.

Once again, we're faced with a fundamental question about the moral character of the nation. Is the United States a place where official government policy dictates the children of migrants, many of whom come here seeking asylum to escape the chaos and violence ravaging their home countries, must be torn from their parents' arms and sent to a detention facility that resembles a jail? 
Last night, hundreds of children lay in their tiny beds in a cramped room in a giant warehouse. They saw the sun and the fresh air for just two hours that day. It may have been some time since they last spoke to their parents, and they had no idea when or if they'd see them again. They don't know how long they'll be there, or where they'll be sent when they're allowed to leave. They are surrounded by strangers, in a strange country where they do not speak the language and they may not have even wanted to go themselves. And the United States—its government and, we must admit to ourselves, its citizens—ensured that all this happened. 
There are new stains on the moral fabric of this nation every day. You have to wonder when the quilt will simply have changed color permanently.

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