The Mahatma X Files: Nativist Hatred in Goodwell
This reminds me a lot of the ignorant “Minuteman Watch” signs posted in my neighborhood a few months back. To me these kinds of signs are an attempt to terrify undocumented migrants and make them even more paranoid than they understandably already are.
If Oklahoma supposedly is such a “Christian” state (yeah right) and is part of the Bible belt and all, then why is it we are so quickly forgetting the scriptures of our own tradition…
Here are two of my favorite scriptures on the subject of so-called “illegal” immigrants…
From Bible.Oremus.org: (emphasis added is my own)
Deuteronomy 10:17-19 (NRSV)
17For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, 18who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. 19You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Psalm 146:9 (NRSV)
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
Despite what the hate literature taped to dumpsters in Goodwell says, God cares about the plight of “stranger in our land.”
God is on their side and not on the side of the haters.