Beloved Arkansas Pastors and other fellow Christians, the following is a speech delivered by Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network. This speech was delivered at the following place and time designated immediately below. Sam hits another home run with this speech. I encourage you to read it.
Speech at the PA State Capitol
December 14, 2015
The Hon. Sam Rohrer
Today we gather here to express legitimate and studied concerns about the unjustifiable urgings from Barack Obama – even being joined by a few pastors and religious leaders – to continue lobbying the American public for in essence an unlimited open door for ‘embedded jihadists’ and refugees never intending to assimilate into our culture. Too many people in positions of leadership, refuse to acknowledge that we are at war! Or should I say, have had war declared against us, our way of life, our Constitution, and our historic relationship to the concept of a ‘holy experiment’ by a people embracing a totalitarian ideology. Denying the reality that our nation is already full of terrorists, these deniers of reality double down in bringing in hundreds of thousands more highly suspect people who embrace this ideology of totalitarianism from countries that harbor and train the very terrorists who destroy life, property, and commit the highest of crimes against humanity.
This morning, we’ve heard many great speakers share their views about why our elected officials in the federal and state government should not permit into our country vast populations of people who embrace an opposing ideological and political system and who call for the death and destruction of our nation and way of life. I’d like to concentrate for the next few minutes on dispelling a few of the ‘compelling arguments’ repeatedly cited by Barack Obama and some religious leaders for bringing in massive quantities of so called ‘refugees’. I will put these into two categories: 1) Constitutional or civil, and 2) Moral.
False Civil Arguments:
First: The proponents of nearly unrestrained Muslim immigration also deny limiting entrance to Muslim espousing would-be immigrants cite the same reason – “we have an historic ‘American’ role to play with opening our arms to ‘refugees’”. But this ‘refugee’ description is bogus. To call these predominantly selected Muslim adherents “refugees” who ostensibly long for religious freedom is not accurate. While these ‘refugees’ may wish to flee their respective nations because of the destruction of life and the economy by people embracing their faith or may wish to flee because they are persecuted if they wish to leave their faith by they’re own admission, they are wanting to come to the United States or Europe to worship no other god other Allah or their prophet Muhammed.
In addition, the facts support the claim that the predominant make up of these ‘refugees’ going into Europe and here in the US are primarily military age young men who embrace jihadism, world domination and sharia law. Their admittance would only enlarge the already massive numbers of already placed Muslim adherents who by overwhelming margins confirm their support of sharia and jihad and are therefore sworn enemies of our Constitutional republic and who repudiate our view of self-government under God. Ironically, those in government bent on bringing in these so called refugees are also as adamant that they not help the truly persecuted Christian or non-Muslim being brutally attacked in the Middle East and Northern Africa because of their faith.
Second: These government and religious leaders have even gone as far as to say that to not bring in unlimited numbers of people- who admittedly can’t be confidently vetted – is so un-American it violates the very essence of the Statue of Liberty which says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” This claim is also bogus, untrue and a ruse. While that familiar phrase was an accurate description of a prevailing attitude toward those who were oppressed and downtrodden, that phrase had ensconced within it a very foundational assumption – and requirement. That underlying premise was that those who would come here would come with the expectation and agreement that they would assimilate into our culture, obey and defend our Constitution and our laws, work hard and not become a liability to the taxpayer, learn to speak English, and would identify with historic Judeo-Christian principles underlying our nation. Those who would refused to do so were not welcomed into our nation. Yet the very discussion today not only denies this historical fact but also the very reality that these predominantly modern Muslim ‘poor and downtrodden’ are not coming with the intent to assimilate into our culture but to change our culture. The clear force of their politically based totalitarian ideology is to tear down our culture, destroy the Constitution and replace our system of law with sharia law, and replace the ‘holy experiment of self-government under God’ with totalitarianism and world domination. To compare today’s discussion around today’s ‘refugees’ with the historic American tradition and the Statue of Liberty’s ‘give me your poor’ is intellectually and historically dishonest.
Third: These government and religious ‘leaders’ say that public policy must be driven by ‘compassion’, that is the proper compelling government action to bring in the Muslim adherent and ‘would be immigrant’ regardless of what they believe or from which nation they might hail. They imply if not outright say that to deny or restrict people holding to certain ideologies has no lawful or statutory precedent. Yet to hold this concept is to deny the most fundamental understanding of their duty and Constitutional obligation and facts of history.
First, they willingly refuse to acknowledge, that the primal duty and purpose of government is not worldwide humanitarianism or bringing in millions of people who will be dependent on the hard working taxpayers and citizens of this nation. The primary duty is to enact justice – praise those who uphold and obey our laws and to punish those who break our laws. Within this is the obligation to use the power of government to protect our citizens, our nation, our Constitution and our way of life, not to undermine it. It is this foremost obligation that proponents of unrestrained immigration have ignored and shall I say violated in an attempt to accomplish some political strategy or ulterior motive. Until the safety of the American people, the defense of their oath of office to uphold and defend the constitution of the United states and our various states is affirmed and clear, or just out of respect to the American people if nothing else – a temporary moratorium should in fact be imposed on all people coming from Terrorist protecting and producing nations.
Secondly, they willfully deny history and the facts. In the early days of our nation, we were literally at war with the Middle eastern Muslim world for many years. The fight against Islamic ideology is not new. The distinction is that in our early years our civil and religious leaders recognized it for what it was and dealt with it as the threat that it was. In more recent years, former administrations and Congresses in times of conflict and engagement with enemies of this nation codified into law limiting and restricting immigration.
One of the great tragedies of our time is that we no longer know (nor are most of our young people taught) the truth of the past. Such is the case with all too soon forgotten legislation from our recent history. Consider the “Immigration And Nationality Act of 1952.” Passed on June 27 of that year, and for the purpose of preventing communists from entering the country, the actual text of the act is beyond applicable to today’s dangerous Islamic immigration and refugee situation! The text of section 313 states:
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 405(b), no person shall hereafter be naturalized as a citizen of the United States-
— who advocates or teaches, or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, opposition to all organized government; or 3) who, although not within any of the other provisions of this section, advocates … the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship, or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship, either through its own utterances or through any written or printed publications issued or published by or with the permission or consent of or under authority of such organizations or paid for by the funds of such organization; or
— who advocates or teaches or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches (A) the overthrow by force or violence or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or of officers or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or
— who writes or publishes or causes to be written or published, or who knowingly circulates, distributes, prints, or displays, or knowingly causes to be circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed or who knowingly has in his possession for the purpose of circulation, publication, distribution, or display, any written or printed matter, advocating or teaching opposition to all organized government, or advocating (A) the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government, because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or (E) the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship; or
— who is a member of or affiliated with any organization, that writes, circulates, distributes, prints, publishes, or displays, or causes to be written, circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed, or that has in its possession for the purpose of circulation, distribution, publication, issue, or display, any written or printed matter of the character described in subparagraph (5).
I’ve emphasized (in bold) the most appropriate portions! In 1952, there was, obviously, no problem with excluding dangerous persons (and jihadists posing as refugees or immigrants definitely fits this description) from entrance into the United States! Nor, was the “Christian” community – just a generation ago – up in arms over the exclusion of said dangerous individuals from the United States!
False Moral and Biblical Arguments:
The moral component being cited by some religious leaders to justify a nearly unrestrained open door policy as promoted by Barack Obama is that of the biblical admonition to welcome the stranger and sojourner. They then couple this with the biblical command to care for the poor, the widow and orphan, to turn the other cheek, to love your enemies and some go as far as saying that we might even be able to ‘entertain angels unaware’! While in some ways this concept is admirable and true is falls entirely short in this situation. We as Americans are known for our compassion for the poor and we have perhaps set the highest standard in all history of civilizations in giving of our bounty for others. That is in fact what Christmas is all about.
However, some pastors and religious leaders are wrongly applying the command to the Church and to individuals to governmental public policy. That is not only unbiblical denying the clear teaching of Scripture but dangerous threatening the very foundation of our system of civil government that permits the Church and individuals to freely do fulfill what God has commanded. Should the Church be concerned about helping to meet the needs of the poor? The answer is unequivocally yes. But this command only applies to these two jurisdictions – Church and individuals – here in our own nation, our own communities, or our own neighbors.
Can we help overseas? That answer is a resounding yes as well. Such organizations like Samaritans Purse is right now in Greece and many places meeting the needs of the poor being displace by this enlarging war in the Middle East. This is exactly what should be done.
But, Jehovah God – the Author of moral Truth and Jesus Christ the Embodiment of Truth – never told any nation that they needed to open their arms unconditionally to the ‘stranger’. God never commanded any nation or His nation of Israel to invite in the sworn enemies of God or those committed to the destruction of their system of moral and civil law. There is simply no moral obligation for government to do what is currently being done or advocated. In fact it is not only a violation of our civil law it is a violation of moral law to bring in those who in time of war embrace the fundamental tenets of the very enemy who have sworn to kill us or to bring in people from countries who are training and harboring these enemies of freedom!
In the end, this matter has a simple solution. Government and government officials– do your lawful and moral duty to enact justice and protect God honoring and law abiding citizens of this nation. Church leaders and individuals – do your duty to extend compassion and kindness to all strangers, foreigners, the poor, the widow and the homeless whether they be next door or around the world. If these simple lines of jurisdiction are followed, this current controversy would be eliminated. I pray to God that all in positions of authority would heed and lead. Our very freedom depends on it!