Getting To Grips With My Restrictionist Past
James Fulford has published an article on VDare criticising the approach of many Christian churches towards immigration.
It cannot be said often enough, but the reconciliation and forgiveness afforded me by VDare's management after the sustained campaign of personal abuse to which I subjected them has been as fine an example of Christianity in action as I have experienced.
However, now that my own focus has changed, it's necessary to revisit the views I used to express.
I now believe that many of the views I held were wrong. The asylum-seeker is always entitled to refuge. They should not be forced to wear tags. They should be able to look for work. I now believe that to turn the able-bodied into mendicants is un-Christian, for it destroys their hope. Similarly, the person who seeks to improve his own circumstances should not be easily turned away. To determine who is and is not a suitable candidate to be allowed to enter a society requires the utmost discernment. However, the catalogue of disasters to which the societies of the West have been subject on account of unrestrained immigration show that this has been lacking. This has been a shocking failure of government without parallel in nearly two millenia.
One of the consequences of rendering unto Caesar is the entitlement to the protection of Caesar's laws - the very same kind of protection against arbitrary injustice that St. Paul sought when he exercised his rights as a Roman citizen. The state is obliged to protect those already present in a society before determining whether or not anyone else should be admitted. Call back yesterday, bid time return - I would not now start a series entitled 'Foriegn Criminals of the Day', but I ran it; I must account for it. It may have had some value in outlining the dangers some immigrants posed to the public; maybe a good example of doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.
The real danger involved in immigration policy is the same danger that afflicts those who live under all governments which treat those who govern them like cattle. Her Majesty's ministers seem to expect that her subjects owe a collective duty to the apparatus of her government in order to keep a chimera called 'the economy' in a healthy position; we do not, that's their job. Immigration policy has been used as a valve to relieve economic pressure, specifically amongst the wage rates of those furthest away from the ministers' table. This has been an insult to justice, and one for which those responsible should repent, for they may be called to account for it.
As Christians, we are conjoined to share our bread, and feed and clothe our neighbours - I might be wrong, and as usual am more than willing to stand correction, but I am not aware of any injunction of Scripture that demands that those who have little to begin with should have that taken away from them for the benefit of Caesar.