Amid Hysteria, A Call to Hospitality

After President Obama urged the United States to welcome some 10,000 refugees from Syria, more than 20 governors refused to welcome refugees in their states.
For example the governor of Virginia, David Bowers, appealed to the precedent of President Franklin Roosevelt who, Bowers said, “felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serous as that from our enemies then.”
If we do not curb such reckless pronouncements from public figures, frightened and angry people will become violent in the war on terrorism. I can attest personally to the costs of such fear and hatred. (Read more from United Methodist Bishop Roy Sano, at http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/amid-hysteria-a-call-for-hospitality.)

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