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FOX News Guest Uses Bible to Justify Tear-Gassing Asylum Seekers at the Border

Nov 28, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

Christopher Harris, director of the conservative group Unhyphenated America, said on FOX News earlier today that we shouldn’t worry about the Trump administration lobbing tear gas at immigrants seeking asylum because they’re mostly men. And the Bible tells us to protect the poor… which apparently only includes women and children.

… look, America is definitely not a theocracy, but we are, without a doubt, a nation of Christians and, as such, we know we’re commanded to give refuge to those who are in need. But here’s the thing, we’re not being allowed to welcome them into the nation. They’re actually storming the border. You know, it’s just like somebody coming into your house. You have a front door. You know what I ask? Knock on the door, ring the doorbell, allow me to open the door to let you come in. And that’s what they’re not doing, is they’re demanding to come in. And I saw one of the clips from one of your reporters who was embedded down there in Tijuana and these gentlemen are saying that you know, they’re trying to come in. They know they don’t qualify for asylum. And even from a Christian standpoint, it talks about who are the poor? Right? It’s the women and children. And what you’ll see at the border it’s probably like 90 percent adult males.

It’s like when Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek… unless it’s a dude, in which case, he deserves an uppercut.”

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3 comments on “FOX News Guest Uses Bible to Justify Tear-Gassing Asylum Seekers at the Border

  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faithRomans 1:17

    The just shall live by his faith Habakkuk 2:4

    Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James, 2:14 – 2:26

    For by grace ye are saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8–9 

     

    The Protestant principle of Sola Fide states that no matter what a person’s action, salvation comes through faith alone.  This interpretation of the Bible was developed by Luther and Calvin – to Luther it was simple: no faith, no salvation.  In his German translation he famously inserted the word alone after the final word faith in Romans 19.  Calvin was a little different in his conception of justification: you were born of the elect or of the damned, damn all you could do about it, but faith was the mark of the elect.

    I don’t know how much Christopher Harris knows about Reformation theology, but its effects in the non-conformist protestant tradition (primarily baptists in all their multiple, bizarre and diverse manifestations)  it generally seems to result in people having a callous disregard for those who are not of their particular faith, and an arrogant knowledge of the superiority of their own righteousness.

     



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  • “Its not what I do, it’s what I believe that matters” …. what a terrible position to hold to.

    What happened to “by their fruits shall ye know them” (or words to that effect – somebody said that in a Bible).

    The fruits I suppose are cherries, and you know them by which ones they choose to pick.

    Luther was a dick.   Calvin a prick.  That’s as far as my knowledge of Eschatology/Scatology takes me,  I can never distinguish the subtle differences, they’re all crap to me.


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  • I don’t blame you for thinking that way O Hooligan.  But the thing is that ideas matter – the ideas of the Reformation caused three hundred years of war; destruction of whole cities and countries, probably millions of deaths, waste of vast amounts of capital and at times and in places, a near collapse of civilisation.  The thing is still going on in Ireland, thankfully not in this part.

    The effects of Lutheranism and Calvinism are still around, particularly in the Land of the Free, to which the most fanatical migrated over the centuries, so that they might be able to establish their own theocratic colonies, now grown to be the neo-conservative, Christian,  reactionary areas of the country, and the religious backbone of Trumpism.

    I was in the act of editing my previous post, adding comments about the ignoring of the emphasis on good works highlighted in the Beatitudes and by St James and many others.  However time beat me, and the ten minute window closed before I had saved what I wrote, but you picked up my omission, with the very pertinent smart remark about cherry-picking!


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