What United Methodists believe about other religions and immigrants

Given the recent decisions  by various state governors to attempt to restrict immigrants being placed in their states, it might be good to be reminded about what The United Methodist Church teaches about the rights of religious minorities and immigrants:

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Charles Graff
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We lock our doors at night, not to punish those outside, but to protect those we love within.

John
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Muslims will ultimately instill shari law is that what you want to live under?

Brian
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We may not be of this world be we sure are in it.

If we were to apply our God given common sense we would of course want to be cautious.

But with everything I would like to see how the funds are flowing to the UMC and Catholic Charities when it comes to this refugee crisis.

Melissa Sternhagen
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I struggle with this coming from a denomination that has made denominational refugees of LGBTQ persons, and essentially denies them “equal opportunity to employment” as ordained clergy. I support what they are saying here, but the irony is just too strong for me.

Kevin
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I am pretty sure we do not employ Muslims as ordained clergy. Thinking of clergy positions as simple employment opportunities is not the correct way to view a calling.

Charles Graff
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I don’t think the Governors are against immigrants. It is certain, that ISIS used this crisis to infiltrate their killers into Europe and the United States. Currently there is no way to separate out the genuine refugee immigrants from the killers among them. The Governors have a priority duty to protect the people of their states with every means at their disposal, so they choose the side of caution.

It is a canard to conflate the very legitimate concerns of the Governors with religious intolerance or any of the other pejorative terms thrown about to stigmatize these Governors.

Kevin
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I sure hope the UMC people where I worship do not see this. They will be heading for the exits. Welcoming potential terrorists is not what we need to be doing.

Jon Larimore
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“We condemn all overt and covert forms of religious intolerance …” Really? But other forms of intolerance are just fine, like homophobia?

Paul Dunham
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This is in a statement specifically about religious persecution. We speak to issues of sexuality and the rights of all in other statements.

David Doss
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Then what about “freedom from social discrimination.” Or does the right of a UM preacher to deny membership in the church to LBGTQ folks not social discrimination?

Kimmykimmyd
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Has nothing to do with LBGTQ. It’s the terrorists that aim to harm the citizens of our country. USA

Fred Bowman
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I think what happening now is not intolerance or lack of concern for the Syrian refugees by these governors but the reality of unwittingly bringing ISIS Terrorism unto our shores. When the FBI Director tells Congress because of the numbers of refugees that it’s having a difficult time doing an appropriate background check on these people to “weed out” those who would come to the United States to continue terrorist acts much like the one we saw in Paris this weekend, then it makes “Common Sense” for the governors to take actions to protect the citizens of their respective states… Read more »
Paige Szajnuk
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Pretty much the same argument used in the late 1930s by those in the U.S. who were against allowing German Jewish refugees into the U.S. And we know how well that turned out.

Niriha
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Fred Bowman, not one of the terrorists involved in the attacks on Paris were Syrian. They were European residing in Belgium and France. So lauding the Governors who would reject refugees from a horrible and unlivable situation is not at all in keeping with Christian values let alone the Constitution of the United States.

Kimmykimmyd
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Well said.

Susan
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I totally agree with what you are saying. God gives us common sense and we need to try protect our family and our state/country and not be vulnerable. Most of us would not leave our house unlocked while sleeping for anyone to walk in.

kim
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I agree. It is not as simple as following “what we believe” This isn’t a matter of religious intolerance. It is a matter of keeping our citizens safe and the government taking proper precautions to vet the refugees.

Carole Snyder
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I believe this was a very good time to post this and needed to be seen by many ….

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