US asylum shift targets Spanish speakers, Latin Americans (copy)

A migrant who did not give his name looks on with his children as they wait to hear if their number is called to apply for asylum in the United States, at the border in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Yes, there is a war on Christianity.

The puzzling thing is the people waging it are hypocrites on the far right who proclaim themselves good Christians while deliberately hurting innocent people and voting for lawmakers who go against everything Jesus taught.

They vote for and condone politicians who complain about welfare recipients and dependent children. At the same time, they’re against Planned Parenthood, which provides birth control for the poor as well as affordable pre- and postnatal care for those expecting and having children.

They say they value life, but cut funding for food stamp programs and many, like Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers, refuse to take federal money to expand Medicaid for the poor.

In contrast, the Bible is full of verses that admonish those who do not feed and clothe the poor. Mary sings about the Lord in Luke 1:53: He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. Psalm 146:7 reads, If we are to be godly people, then, we must also seek to feed the hungry.

Jesus, of course, fed the multitudes and didn’t first require a drug test or written proof of the recipients’ poverty.

Jesus also loved and welcomed all children and the oppressed. I wonder what He’d do about the Latin American refugees — almost all of whom are Catholic — fleeing starvation, oppression and violence in their own countries and risking their lives to come here.

I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t build a wall to keep them out, or put their children in fenced areas, or separate the children from their parents. He would strongly denounce the new Health and Human Services announcement that it will no longer fund English lessons, recreation or legal aid for children detained at the border.

Yet the so-called Christian Donald Trump supporters haven’t protested these cruelties or tried to stop them.

They conveniently ignore what Jesus said in Matthew 18:6-7: If anyone causes one of these little ones — those who believe in me — to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

Woe to them indeed.

The Christians-in-name-only also support Republican tax cuts for the rich. By 2027, the latest Republican tax cut will give over 83% of the benefits to the ones who need it the least — the richest people in our country. I also haven’t seen them complain about greedy televangelists who fleece their followers of their hard-earned money and then buy gigantic mansions, private jets and yachts for themselves.

Jesus had something to say about people like that, too in Matthew 21:12: And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, ‘It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.’

Jesus was emphatic about the evils of greed and selfishness, but never said a word about people in the LGBTQ community, although they have always existed. I wonder what he would say about the numerous actions Trump and his administration have taken, or are planning to take, against people in that community; people who, by the way, don’t hurt anyone yet are persecuted by those on the far right.

One Trump plan eliminates civil rights requirements that bar discrimination by hospitals and insurance companies against transgender patients. It would protect health care workers who refuse to provide care to transsexuals or to refer patients to a provider that would help them. Another plan will cut federal funding for an HIV and AIDS research program at the University of California. A detailed report of the many attacks on the LGBTQ community can be found on the GLAAD website at glaad.org/tap/donald-trump.

When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he blessed the poor, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers, the persecuted and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. So, what would Jesus say about hypocrites who claim allegiance to him while supporting a rich president who cheated his workers out of money he owed them, admitted he assaulted women and ogled teenage girls in their dressing rooms, cheated on three wives, and gladly persecutes refugees and little children?

Jesus gave his opinion of people like that in Mark 7:6: Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’

Pat Nash has lived in the Baraboo area, off and on, for more than 35 years. Contact her at


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