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World Refugee Day is June 20

World Refugee Day is June 20

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has released a video message for World Refugee Day, highlighting the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

World Refugee Day 2018 | Episcopal Church

“Our work with and for refugees began when we began to follow Jesus, to follow His way and His teachings. It is because we are followers of Jesus, because we follow the way of love, because we follow the way of compassion, because we follow the way of human decency and kindness that we must be passionately committed to helping the refugees and displaced persons of this day,” Curry offers in his video message.

Last night, Bishop Curry appeared again on MSNBC, alongside Fr James Martin of America Magazine on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, discussing the government policy of separating children and families at the border, and attempts to justify it using the bible.

“Separating children from their parents is not loving your neighbor,” Curry said. When asked about Attorney General Sessions’ use of Romans 13 to justify this policy, he responded, “It’s immoral, and it’s wrong, and it’s a misuse of religion.”


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B. D. Howes

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” Abraham Lincoln

Controlling law is the result of litigation up to, and including, the Supreme Court. The Flores Consent Decree was signed in 1997 when Bill Clinton was president and Janet Reno was Attorney General. We’ve had three administrations and both major parties have had control of congress since.

This problem has been kicked like a discarded can down the road for decades by the same leaders except for one. I commend the current administration for doing what the executive branch is supposed to do – enforce the laws. Now it’s (past) time for Congress to do what they are supposed to do.

Philip B. Spivey

Oh, dear God: Are our children to be placed at the sacrificial altar of craven laws while we wait for (this) Congress? !

Hoping you don’t have any undocumented family members with children; hoping nobody in your parish mysteriously disappears one Sunday; hoping your local coffee shop, where the staff have your coffee and toasted muffin waiting each morning—just the way you like it— don’t disappear one day. But most of all, I hope that you never have to witness an ICE raid on one of your neighboring families.

Yes, I pray that none of this ever touches you!

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