Using Quotes From the Bible to Justify Executive Actions

“On My Mind: With a due respects, President Obama needs to be more careful when it comes to using quotes from the Bible to justify executive actions. In the course of announcing an executive order that will effectively legalize 5 million people who came to or are in this country illegally (no one disputes that, to my knowledge), the president quoted Exodus 23:9, which says “Also you shall not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (NKJV). The problem with using this verse in this context is that no one is “oppressing” illegal aliens. Republicans are not anti-immigration, as you might have read in the mainstream media or heard on CNN or MSNBC. Republicans are anti- illegal immigration, just as we all should be, just as we should be opposed to the mass breaking of any of our laws. The Founders established a unique form of government, one that featured rule of law (as opposed to the ruler’s whim or rule of who-you-know). When rule of law is overturned in any way, that overturning threatens our democracy. It is not “oppressive” to require that people obey the law and, with respect to the law in question, to refuse to grant citizenship privileges to those that have. In this context, Exodus 23:9 forbids discrimination on the basis of skin color, ethnicity, religion, and so on. Our immigration laws, as they stand (or stood), are not discriminatory. They provide a clear and legal path to citizenship for people who want to become American citizens. Ironically, as demonstrated by Sgt. Tahmooressi’s imprisonment in a Mexican jail for making a driving error, the very country that most of these illegals are coming from can be very oppressive when it comes to “strangers.” If an American enters Mexico illegally and purposefully, he or she, when apprehended, will be jailed. Mexico enforces it’s laws (if in a draconian manner), then expects America to not enforce hers. Furthermore, it is a documented fact that a significant number of the people coming across our southern border are from the Middle East. They are Muslims who fly into Venezuala, learn to speak Spanish, and are then transported to northern Mexico where they slip across the border with folks who hail from Mexico and other Central American nations. There is only one reason why Muslims would want to conceal their entry into the United States. That alone is reason enough to secure our borders.” – John Rosemond

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