The problem with so many Christian leaders today is not that they’re Christians: it’s that they’re morons. Or imbeciles, if you prefer. Homo stupidicus. In an article for Christianity Today, Dr. Russell Moore penned the Mother of All Idiotic Ideas entitled “Let the Afghan Refugees Come Unto Me.” (Read it here.) Encouraging the mass airlifting of illiterate Muslim tribesmen from the Pashtun region into America is not the very height of folly and self-destruction, you understand, it’s exactly what the Good Book tells us to do!
As evangelical Christians, we should resolve, even before our new neighbors arrive, to ignore those who would ask us to fear these refugees.
Historically, those wishing to ostracize refugees take a number of different tactics. They sometimes speak of them in language of “uncleanness”—using metaphors such as rodents or insects—or they might suggest that the asylum seekers are themselves vectors of disease. They sometimes, though less often, speak as bluntly as some are now of refugees as an “invasion” of those who are coming to “replace us” (with “us” almost always referring to white and nominally Christian Americans). But perhaps most often, they speak of refugees as a threat.
Just as we saw with Syrian refugees and Kurdish refugees in years past, we will soon hear the insistent cries of those arguing that Afghan refugees are terrorists, or at least that they might be, since they are “unvetted” and we know nothing about them. These claims aren’t true.
Indeed, why in the world would any good Christian fear the mass importation of Afghans into their country? It’s not like they practice an old cultural tradition which involves adult men forcibly raping young boys dressed up as girls, right? It’s not like the wave of Afghan refugees who got into Europe a few years ago created a crime wave of gang rapes of European women conducted in broad daylight, right? It’s not like six EU countries are currently seeking a total ban on Afghans migrating, right? That’s not just silly, that’s impossible — right?
You never heard about it, I’m sure. Over in Afghanistan, our soldiers were instructed to simply look the other way. (The ones who didn’t were reprimanded or relieved of their command.) The practice is so disgusting that even the Taliban apparently wants to outlaw it (and good for them). And that’s just how the Afghans treat their own children after selling them off. They don’t mind treating complete strangers the same way too. In Germany, they’re known for taking off their clothes at the public pools and exposing themselves to everyone else. In Austria, they’re known for drugging and raping and killing 13 year old girls. In fact, gang rape is a common practice of Afghan refugees in Europe:
These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up—no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.
How can one explain such behavior? How is it pos….