Brave Enough

“On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany… On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Most were German citizens, some were from eastern Europe, and a few were officially “stateless.”… Following the US government’s refusal to permit the passengers to disembark, the St. Louis sailed back to Europe on June 6, 1939… Of the 288 passengers admitted by Great Britain, all survived World War II save one… Of the 620 passengers who returned to the continent [532] were trapped when Germany conquered Western Europe. Just over half, 278 survived the Holocaust. 254 died…” Voyage of the St. Louis

Shamefully, I have watched many of my Christian friends join the chorus on Facebook of those who would shut our borders against the suffering of refugees in the Middle East. Suffering in great measure due to the indiscriminate arming of Syrian rebels and others in the region by the US and other nations.

I have been appalled by our state’s senior senator, who supported these arms transfers and military escalation, and I am appalled by today’s pronouncement by Arizona’s Governor Ducey that he is opposing placement of these poor people in our state.

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