Call on the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops to Condemn Child Separation
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Thousands of children have been separated from their families as they flee war, disease, famine, poverty, crime and all manner of other injustices and strife by the United States government as a "deterrent" for undocumented immigrants. These people: men, women and children from many nations, are some of the most desperate and helpless people in the world who have come to our borders seeking a safe haven from the violence and perils of their homeland, having left all they knew and carried all they have upon their backs, to come to a new, strange land of opportunity that they may start again and, through hard work, establish a new, better life for themselves and their family.
Instead, we have greeted them with inhumane detention, and the separation of young children, even infants, from their parents, utilizing cruelty as a weapon against those who have nothing, rather than welcoming them as migrants and refugees fleeing hostility. Therefore:
Whereas the United Nations as declared this action of our government illegal, and whereas many other faith groups in our nation, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has condemned this act as antithetical to the Gospel;
Whereas the Law of Moses commanded the Israelites: "The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Lev. 19;34) and "You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." (Ex. 22:21);
Whereas Our Lord Himself commanded, "“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 19:14);
This petition hereby calls upon the Canonical Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the United States, and all Holy Synods of the Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, to condemn the separation of children from their families at the border.
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