On January 4, 2016, actress Susan Sarandon shared on the program “The View” about her experience with Syrian refugees in Greece. She described their plight, and ended her talk with this question: “Down the line, we’re going to look at this crisis and we’re going to say ‘where were we?'” You can find it here.
As I write these lines, the debate about whether to support or oppose President Obama’s plan to receive ten thousand refugees in the USA is raging, while in the predominantly Muslim country of Mali (my field of work for the past 23 years) jihadists have killed an unspecified number of people and taken over 100 people hostage in a Bamako hotel today. This latest development is only heightening the tensions about the Syrian refugee issue.
November 13, 2015 – 4:30 pm Pacific Time. Terrorist attacks are still ongoing in Paris, France, as I write this… One CNN reporter says, “We cannot discern any iconic target in these attacks…” I am baffled at how the West is still slow in grasping the signs and symbolisms that characterize such attacks, or what jihadists are all about or what it is they’re targeting.
It is the conviction of President Obama that the interests of America and its allies are best served by engaging, rather than isolating controversial regimes and nations such as North Korea, Cuba, Burma, and, currently, Iran. Those who support him would say that his proposed deal with Iran is the only option that will avert war. Those who disagree would say that his proposed deal ultimately speeds Iran on the road to becoming a nuclear power.
The raging debate over the proposed deal with Iran misses or downplays historical and religious realities that I would like to put before you. I want to focus on what is not being discussed by the pundits (often because of “political correctness”):
It’s all over the news: Christians discriminating and refusing services to homosexuals/lesbians. One of the more recent controversies involves a religious pediatrician who allegedly refuses to treat the baby of a lesbian couple in Michigan. You can read about it in the Washington Post.