Luke's Gospel: Jeb and Marco Should Stop Pandering About Syrians
Uncle Luke says both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are wrong about Syrian refugees.
Last week, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke up for Syrian refugees fleeing their country, which has been ravaged by civil war and the Islamic State. He's keeping it 100. During an interview on MSNBC, the Democrat said, "I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don't isolate young white men on this issue."
That could cost him politically in the Christian, red state of Texas.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, a growing number of politicians, mostly Republicans, including presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have come out against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. They're pandering, plain and simple. Bush and Rubio had nothing to say after Robert Lewis Dear went on a shooting rampage that killed three people and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
A deranged white supremacist is more likely than a Syrian refugee to kill innocent people. Indeed, within a day of Rawlings' remarks, three masked white men shot and seriously injured five protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Minneapolis. According to news reports, the suspects — who were arrested — had been plotting for weeks to incite violence.
I'll take it one step further: Syrian refugees who have made the perilous journey to survive don't pose a threat to African-Americans like me. However, I'm definitely afraid of being shot by a remorseless black thug in Liberty City or Miami Gardens.
Last Tuesday, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey, his cousin Antwan Reeves, and his cousin's two children drove to a relative's house in Miami Gardens. When they arrived, someone in another vehicle pulled up alongside them and fired 30 rounds into their car. Bailey and Reeves were hit, but thankfully their injuries weren't life-threatening and the kids weren't hurt. Nonetheless, it was an act of terror.
Americans already commit more terror than any radical group from the Middle East.
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