Friday, February 10, 2017

The Sin of Security?

President Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United States from citizens of several countries that have established ties to terrorism has unleashed undue hysteria by the left.  It's difficult to understand why, because those countries in question were originally identified by the Obama administration.  The ban is not unconstitutional by any means, and the judge in Seattle had no right to interfere with the executive order, especially with an opinion based on liberal ideals, not the U.S. Constitution.  The same applies to the Ninth "Circus" Court more liberalism and no constitutionalism.   

However, the topic of this post is not the constitutionality of the ban or subsequent leftist court cases.  Let's discuss the moral side of this issue from the Catholic standpoint. 

There have been several Church leaders blasting the Trump administration over the ban, stating it does not follow Christian beliefs.  Now, when these opinions came out, those of us who are devout Catholics and agree with the ban found ourselves questioning whether we are living in a state of sin.  It’s not that we don’t care about refugees, we do, but we also care about our families and national security.     

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens. 

According to Section 2241 – Paragraph 1:  If our nation is prosperous and if we are able to assist, we should, but are we prosperous and is the ability available?  Look at our deficit - that is not a sign of prosperity ... And one would think that since our social programs are already financially burdened by record numbers of recipients, including illegal immigrants, allowing refugees into our country would put them into those same social programs until (or if) employment is found. The only way to increase funds in social programs would be to increase taxes, which puts the burden on us the taxpayers and it is a known fact non-citizens have taken many jobs away from citizens because they are willing to accept lower pay (or get paid under the table).        

The same applies to Section 2241 – Paragraph 2:  One would think President Trump is acting for the sake of the common good for which he is responsible.  If we cannot properly vet the refugees coming in from the countries in question, we cannot be assured they would respect the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, obey its laws, etc. 

We mean no disrespect, but it appears the Catechism is quite clear and should be interpreted with a literal, NOT liberal spin.  We understand the compassion and concern of Church leaders behind the criticism of the executive order, but that compassion and concern needs to be first afforded those of us living in the United States.  Our faith, compassion and concern should not be questioned, nor should wanting to protect our families considered a sin. We care about the refugees and appreciate the position they are in; however, we’ve also seen and experienced the devastation from terrorist attacks inside our borders.  We know the chances of more attacks are likely due to the lack of due diligence by the former administration.  In fact, both sides of the aisle have agreed the current vetting process is lacking.  Until a more thorough vetting process can be implemented, we expect this President to protect us and he swore to God he would do so.  Let him do his job.   

And, let us not forget: 

1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Ezekiel 33 - …”But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.”   

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