Breaking my own social networking rules posting this, but I'm going to say it anyway.
It's fine if you don't want refugees to enter our country, and thankfully here in America we all have the right to express ourselves. But for those of you who are wrapping yourselves in the American flag with a Christian Bible in your hand and spewing hatred toward suffering, desperate people, you are disgracing the fundamental beliefs of your country and your religion.
It's okay to admit that you're afraid. You are worried that there wolves among the sheep. You are afraid that we don't have the resources to take care of people when so many of our own citizens are doing without. Fear is a perfectly legitimate reaction and argument in this situation.
But don't disguise your fear in patriotism. If you're white, chances are your ancestors didn't come to America because they thought the champagne and cake would taste better over here. (Just a few glances across my family tree show ancestors running away from violence and famine.) And don't pretend your fear and hatred of other ethic groups and religions has anything to do with the Christian faith or that your lord and savior would approve.
I'm not arguing for the admission of refugees. It's a complicated issue, honestly, so I've taken a step back. But without knowing the right thing to do, I try to imagine what circumstances would drive me from my home, to take my children away from everything they've ever known, in order to beg for help from strangers in other countries. I try to imagine my feet in those other shoes having to walk such a dangerous and difficult road. I'm not going to reduce those of another race, religion, language, or background into something less than human so I don't have to care about them.
It's okay to be afraid. I'M afraid. But be honest with yourself, and try for just a moment to at least imagine someone else's pain before you cast stones their way.