This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Joe Wilson's War on Immigrants

There are two ethical issues in play regarding Congressman Joe Wilson's regretable outburst last night, where he shouted "You lie!" at the President of the United States.

First is the outburst, which violates decorum and custom. This is a violation of social ethics, but not moral ethics. It is pitiful enough and he has apologized for it.

The second issue is the violation of the ethic of hospitality that is ancient and fairly universal, although it is explict in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Molesting the alien (and what are the Militia's doing if they are not doing that) was considered sinful in ancient Israel and a reason for several exiles as punishment. Jesus also said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." The whole anti-immigrant meme in the Republican Party (which Congressman Wilson said he still believes in) is in violation of scripture and will cost them at the ballot box as reasonable people recoil at it and as immigrants gain status and then citizenship. This is before the Lord deals with such as these in the hereafter.


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