Wednesday, April 19, 2006

No human is illegal

Borrowing this directly from Don Jim. Some more thoughts from him (with great links to follow).
A number of you have been upset by the graphic in the last post, with the motto, "No human is illegal." To get at what I mean by that, and what I presume the artist means by that, ask yourself what we mean when we say that something is illegal. Then ask yourself what it means to apply that adjective to a human being.
[As an aside: I wish the Government of Mexico would shut up at times. I mean, yes, of course it needs to considers the needs of its nationals in the US. But what hypocrisy! Look at how they treat undocmented immigrants ... clean up your own backyard! (Incidentally, when Googling this, I found this stuff quoted mainly in right wing blogs and websites, all of which had the implication -- "they're horrible themselves, we should do this to the illegals here. Which, of course, just confirms for me that a lot of this is just people wanting to be nasty. I would think the implication is the exact opposite: yes, shut up, hypocrites. But be proud that we don't behave like that!]

:: update:: Go read Bishop Baker's Good Friday homily which focuses on immigration :: (thanks to St. Eliz in the comments below for pointing this out!)


St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

You may have already seen this from Annunciations. If not, Bp. Baker's Good Friday Homily invited SC Catholics to heed the "summons from the cross of Christ this Good Friday ..., inviting us to respond to the plight of those who suffer great hardship, like the stranger in our midst."

After reminding us of our call to be Christ's "instruments of bringing healing and recovery, hospitality and new life to those who come to us in their suffering and need," Bp. Baker concluded "It is also impossible to hear Christ tells us 'I love you,' unless we love our neighbor as Jesus has loved us from that cross."

Gashwin said...

Good for him! I hadn't seen his Good Friday Homily --- however, he touched on this in his homily during the Chrism Mass in words that had very clear overtones. I was going to blog on it, but forgot.

And it seems to bely what his spokesman mentioned a little while back.

Or maybe not. He can say all this and not take the extra step of saying anything directly about the legislation at hand ...