UMR Poll: US response to Syrian refugees

umrpoll-01In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, a debate has emerged in the U.S. about whether refugees from Syria should be allowed to enter the country. While United Methodist teaching embraces welcoming the stranger, there are many (based on comments on this site and the UMR Facebook page) who seem to think that those beliefs are misguided.

How do you think American United Methodists should respond to welcoming or rejecting Syrian refugees?

 

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G. M. Veritasian
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Once again, the knee-jerk Liberalism of UMC clergy rears its ugly political head. I’ve settlement refugees in the past –from Vietnam and (the former) Czechoslovakia. We KNEW these people would be mutually beneficial to American society—and they were. The current Syrian crisis is different –both short-term and long-term. Short-term: Will jihadists infiltrate the refugee wave and cause mischief (to put it mildly)? We already seem to have an answer from the Paris horrors. Long-term: Will Syrian Muslims fail to assimilate into American society? Even if assimilated, will the next generation be radicalized (unlike the other groups I mentioned.)? Again, we… Read more »
ALLICE hECKMAN
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Why are worried about those people coming here will bring only trouble?

Hayne Hamilton
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New poll. Should the editors of UMR stop beating their spouses…..Yes……No. The liberal worldview attempts to survive on false choices. How about offering a choice to admit refugees after being thoroughly screened from the terrorists using the disguise of refugees to sneak into their enemy’s camp. The legislative remedies being offered to the dilemma offer precisely this choice and Bishop Jones is not honest in couching reasonable and principled solutions as “misguided”. ….hh

bthomas
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Ah… polls. This one… like any other poll… constructed to get the answer desired. It would be the same if Planned Parenthood were to put up a poll asking about support for “reproductive rights.”

Tina C
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This poll is too simplistic!

Kevin
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The refugees do not need to come here. I do not see any Muslim countries opening their arms to these poor followers of The Prophet who have been driven from their homes. As to the vetting process it is impossible. The Director of Homeland Security said that all they can really do is check the databases. Just because a someone is not on file in an Interpol database does not mean he isn’t a terrorist. There are not a lot of records on the river of people flooding Europe. I expect our elected leaders to put the interests of the… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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Those are NOT the only two options.

Bring people of refugee status is a process. Many have already come into the U.S. They should still come into the U.S. but the process itself needs to be vetted and reconfirmed as effective. It’s appropriate to validate this under the circumstances. In most cases the U.S. is not an enemy at all we are an objective party, but with the Middle East scenario we need to improve our process, but still welcome them.

Paul W.
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Wes, I agree completely, which is why I did not vote. Welcoming immigrants and exercising caution are not mutually exclusive. I, too, do not understand the intent behind this poll.

Wes Andrews
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ANYONE who would support efforts to keep Syrian refugees from coming to the U.S. lack compassion.

ANYONE who would support welcome with open arms, doesn’t really understand the process, because that is NOT the process. Everyone is welcome AFTER they go through extensive screening for health, criminal background, etc.

Charles Harrison
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Mark, we are well grounded on Earth, thank you. This is a poll about refugees and the churches response. Please see our other commentaries about the UMC responses. We feel it is valuable to poll how our general UMC readership thinks we should respond. We have also published responses to the Paris attacks. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Charles Harrison
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Wes, this media entity is called The United Methodist Reporter. Yes we tend to publish things that relate to The United Methodist Church. Do you have a UMC connection to share? We would welcome it.

Charles Harrison
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Mark, I was responding to your choice of words about “print” and I have explained why. I did not say it had anything to do with your points. I clearly spelled out why the commentaries and the poll were United Methodist. Are you a United Methodist? Because you seem to be having trouble with the concept. The articles are about refugees and not about the Paris tragedy. As soon as we have a commentary or story that is UMC related about the Paris tragedy, we will publish it. The reason it is not even an observation, let alone legitimate, is… Read more »
Charles Harrison
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Mark, first off we don’t actually “print” a newspaper anymore, just to be clear we are 100% digital. Second, you are correct, we do not have a UMC related news article or a commentary related to the victims in France. These news article are abundant in the secular press. However, if you know of a UMC related story, we can draw attention to it under our Recently Read banner. If we do find a UMC related article, rest assured we will link to it.

Charles Harrison
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Mark, 2.5 years later, you would be surprised how many people are still contacting us every week about what we print in the “paper” that doesn’t exist or that they haven’t gotten their paper in awhile, and it goes on. I was not trying to be “juvenile” but maybe it helps in the future if you don’t assume the worst of other people. Thank you. We have published commentaries by a United Methodist Clergy person and a United Methodist Bishop who were directly talking about a United Methodist response to the refugees issue. Both are actually leading United Methodists responses… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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So the victims have to be Methodist to get linked by UMR?

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