dimanche, août 16, 2015

Did Jesus really say «blessed are the queue-jumping knifemen?»

Peter Hitchens peut être très saignant :

Did Jesus really say «blessed are the queue-jumping knifemen?»

Vous savez à quel point m'irrite l'attitude gnagnan, mollassonne et bisounours et, pire que tout, suicidaire de certains chrétiens jusqu'au plus haut sommet de la hiérarchie. Visiblement, je ne suis pas le seul.

On a le droit de ne pas être chrétien, mais, quand on est chrétien, si on pouvait éviter d'être con comme un balai ....

C'est, bien sûr, moi qui souligne :

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Christians ought to be thinking about such things [l'immigration et les immigrés, notamment à Calais].

But thinking is what these prelates and preachers are not doing. Is it as simple as they claim ? I am far from sure. The founder of the Christian church was not actually a guerrilla fighter or a Russell Brand-type demagogue. He had nothing against people obeying laws or fulfilling their obligations. I’d say, rather the opposite.

He was himself a genuine refugee, hiding in Egypt from the real, murderous wrath of Herod. But when the danger was past, his family didn’t settle in Egypt but returned home. Nowhere in the Beatitudes did Jesus say ‘Blessed are the queue-jumpers’, trying to gain an advantage at the expense of others. This is what the people at Calais are. They are not prepared to apply for asylum or seek visas and work permits in the normal way. Their actions make people in this country less willing to grant any asylum, or to welcome any migration. They force their way into lorries and trains, or break down a lawfully constructed fence, sometimes clutching drawn knives as they do so. Many destroy their passports so that the truth about their origins and claims can never be proved. Why precisely is it Christian to endorse this behaviour ?

As the Left-wing media have rightly been pointing out, only quite a small share of the migrants arriving in Europe from Africa and elsewhere actually end up at Calais. They are already out of danger (if they were ever in it) and have chosen to be there.

As for the parable of the Good Samaritan, the hero of the story didn’t tell other people to be compassionate and generous. He did it himself. I am full of admiration for any individual who offers to take such migrants into his own home indefinitely, and to bear the charges (as the Good Samaritan did) of their housing, food and medical treatment.

But I have none at all for the pulpit Samaritan who tells others in our overcrowded country that they must suffer for the sake of his own peace of mind.
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