By Natalie Miller – [email protected]
In light of current events, it is more important than ever to stay true to the beliefs and values that have been such essential pieces to our individual puzzles of growth over the years.
As a Catholic, Benedictine and faith-centered university, it should be in the forefront of our minds to consider the recent actions of our new political administration and then contrast them with the teachings we have been raised on.
In the book of Leviticus, chapter 19, verses 33 and 34, God teaches us, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God,” (New International Version).
It seems that while God is instructing us to welcome others with open arms, some in this country have their heart set on doing just the opposite.
And because of what? Fear. Jesus himself was one who sought outcasts, healed the sick and welcomed those seeking refuge.
So, who are we, as His disciples, to not do the same? Yes, there is a separation between Church and State. But, this is an issue of morality versus inhumanity.
Refugees are people. Muslims are people.
Not only this, but they are people who are being turned away at the borders of this country, our borders, because of the color of their skin, the language they speak and the religion they practice.
Refugees, you are loved. You are welcome in my America. You are welcome on this campus. And I, as an individual who readily exercises her privilege, will do everything in my power to stand with you, to fight for you and to make sure your voice is heard.
CSB/SJU students, find your coalition. Find the people who will walk hand in hand with you in protest. No matter what you believe or what views you cherish, stand up, speak out and never back down.
This is the opinion of Natalie Miller, CSB sophomore