By shutting out refugees who pass rigorous entry vetting, we would hijack the values of the Statute of Liberty and the heritage of every non-indigenous American.
This type of reactionary response is McCarthy-like fear, distancing and retribution against blameless individuals. Yes, of course we need to think well about where our nation is vulnerable to terrorists; however, we need to be clearly rational and look at the facts rather than base our decisions on emotions of fear and rage.
We dare not allow ourselves to function out of upset emotions and lose our humanity or we become like the terrorists. We must be clear and sharp-thinking and outwit their strategies of terror, not be pushed into monstrous actions which can be twisted to further alienate disenfranchised young people.
Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated and used by either politicians or inhumane, violent jihadists. We educate not for passing tests and getting grades but to develop the ability to think critically, to make decisions based on reason and augment our humanity toward one another; this is what makes us civilized.
A famous Republican’s speech in 1858 that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” still needs to be heeded today.
We need to pull together, not apart, or we will face “the course of ultimate extinction,” which is just what terrorists want.
Let us be one nation, with liberty and justice for all, whether we say God or Allah. Ours is a country of religious freedom.
Jackie Bonomo, Lemont