Land of the free, home of the brave

A country was attacked this past week by terroriests who killed over a hundred citizens enjoying their life in a free country. These terrorists are from a war torn nation fighting for it's own freedom. People are fleeing that war torn country because they don't want to choose between terrorists or a totalitarian demagogue. People are fleeing by the tens of thousands to a land of the red, white and blue. They share the skin color, the background, and the religion of the terrorists, but they hate the terrorists.

What did the attacked country do?

It fought back against the terrorist bases and announced they will still take in 30,000 refugees from the land of the terrorists. France's national motto is "Liberty, equality, and fraternity." France is living up to their national aspiration.

One of my country's national mottos is "land of the free, home of the brave." However, political candidates believe out country should increase it's internal surveillance of it's own people, and are afraid to let 10,000 refugees into it's much larger land and population. Is security our highest value? Do we really want to be the "land of the suspicious, home of the cowards"? How can we seriously consider a political candidate who wants to shred our Bill of Rights, removing the guarantee of freedom of religion, wanting to close down mosques? How can we even listen to an American politician who wants people to be officially labeled by their religion?

Hate unites. Love divides. Ironic isn't it?

Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword." Matthew 10:34 He obviously was not speaking literally although his followers have taken him very literally. But he did foresee division because of his good news of God's love, our equality before him, and our brotherhood/sisterhood under him. People hate that message; unless they love it.

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