I've noticed a recent trend on social media that is especially ridiculous even for social media standards. It goes something like this: "People who oppose abortion (or sometimes specifically, 'Christians who oppose abortion...') and who also express concerns or opposition to accepting Syrian refugees are stupid and / or hypocritical." This is, of course, as I noted, ridiculous and, in fact, in many cases hypocritical itself.The logic (albeit, flawed) in this thesis is that if you really cared for the innocent people in the world, as you suggest by your opposition to abortion, you would undoubtedly and unquestioningly support the unbridled acceptance of refugees from around the world into our country. The problems with this thesis and perspective and attitude are numerous, but I list a few here:
1. Getting on your high horse and proclaiming to the world that our government should help a certain people group is not the same as actually helping said people group
2. There is overwhelming proof that ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organizations have infiltrated the ranks of the refugees
3. These are not your everyday criminals - caution is warranted
Here's the reality: the terrorists we are confronted with in ISIS are not your average, everyday criminals. In general, they cannot be rehabilitated or integrated into Western culture and thinking. They don't want to talk. They don't want to negotiate. They don't want to establish a treaty or an agreement. They feel that they have a mandate on their lives to kill, mame, torture or convert every single person possible. They want to kill you and they want to kill me. And their so far sustained success is proof enough that these aren't just nut-cases, but they are very capable nut-cases. Surely this warrants strong caution and robust procedures and review systems that have been proven before taking the chance of letting these people into our country, at least at this point in time. Surely.
4. Innocent unborn children are fundamentally different from terrorists bent on the destruction of our civilization and way of life
5. There are other ways of helping the refugees that actually make a lot more sense than simply relocating them throughout the world in communities that are completely unlike their homes
There is simply no rational, logical argument that can suggest that being cautious and concerned about the unbridled acceptance of refugees into our country given the current political climate in the Middle East is hateful or bigoted or hypocritical or unloving. It is, in fact, wise. As I noted in some of the points above, there are real, objective reasons that we should be cautious about who we admit into our country. The role of American government is, first and foremost, to protect the people in this country. I simply do not see a rational basis for pigeon-holing what it means to "help" someone by insisting that the only way to help is to allow tens of thousands of unknown people into our country, while at the same time allowing for another to come in and murder people. This simply is not the only answer to this problem.
If you truly want to help, there are actual ways of doing this besides just tweeting about it or posting it on Facebook. The following is just a smattering of a few good organizations that are making a real impact by helping people in Syria and other war-torn regions of the world:
Karam Foundation (www.karamfoundation.org): The Karam Foundation is helping of people in Syria on the ground (i.e. not from afar on their facebook page). They are innovating ways of distributing aid in ways that maximize the portion of that aid that actually gets to the people who need it. They provide donors a means and opportunity to sponsor an actual Syrian family in need. They are building schools, and seeking to improve systems and develop organizations within the country that can help educated and support the local population.
Hand-in-Hand for Syria (www.handinhandforsyria.org.uk): Hand-in-Hand for Syria is dedicated to helping people in Syria to stay in Syria. They provide medical supplies and relief. They provide food and water. They provide educational opportunities and support to those who need it.
International Medical Corps (internationalmedicalcorps.org): This organization primarily provides medical care for injured or malnourished individuals in war-zones around the world, including in Syria.
Voice of the Martyrs (www.persecution.com): Voice of the Martyrs is an excellent organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world, including in Syria.
Again, this is just a few - there are many more that can be found by simple Google searches. If you find one that you are not familiar with and want to learn more, check out Guidestar.org and look them up - most American non-profits will show up on this site and you can get a basic check on them before supporting them.
Again, if you feel moved to help someone, then help them - you are doing nothing by insulting those who look at it slightly differently from you. In the meantime, if and when the refugees do come to our country, we should love them and welcome them the best we can.