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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-13-07 03:23 PM
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27. If, in fact, you are welcoming them to the area
and looking for ways to make this a win-win situation for everyone, then that's great.

That's not what I understood from previous messages ... I was picking up on a sense that people don't want them in our neck of the woods, and that they wanted to convince others to oppose their arrival. If I understood that wrong, well, that's one case I'll be glad to have been wrong, because frankly I didn't like thinking that sort of attitude was how they were going to be greeted. It's not how I'd want to be greeted if I were a refugee. The whole blame the victim thing is not my cup of tea - and these are the victims, not us.

I did say in this thread that women aren't equal to men in Christianity, and added in the same sentence that such is the case in society as a whole. The difference between that and what I saw spoken in this thread against Muslims is that I wasn't implying that Christians - or society as a whole - shouldn't be allowed in my neighborhood because of that. Once a person starts using it as rationale for why they don't want to let someone live near them, it's kind of heading into discrimination territory. If you want to critique or discuss Islamic culture, there's a forum for that - you could do it in the religion/theology group, or the muslim/islamic group. If you want to discuss refugees moving to Michigan and how to make that transition work for them, that's a separate issue from critiquing their religion. I would have been appalled if the Katrina evacuees had been prevented from moving to a specific area because the people there didn't like that they were baptist, methodists, whatever. Same thing. Whether you feel as a feminist that one religion is better or worse than another is an unrelated issue to whether we need to afford refugee status to people whose homes we destroyed.

I would feel less like these threads were a prejudiced preemptive witch-hunt against them if the focus was more on finding ways to help and less on "this is going to harm us, and here's why."
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