Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


The latest chapter in a story that goes back to the Book of Daniel:

Near Tucson, Ariz., Maryada Vallet travels the desert in a pickup, stopping to not only feed undocumented border crossers, but to wash their blistered feet. It's a gesture from biblical accounts.

Such volunteer work, warns World Relief staff attorney Amy Bliss, could lead to federal prosecution if the House bill were to become law.

"Anyone who believes" in the biblical story of the gentile who stopped to help a wounded man, Vallet says, "should be outraged that ... the government is making it a crime to be a good Samaritan."

Roman Catholics, too, are concerned about the pending legislation. Some bishops have denounced it.

Earlier this month Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony went even further. At Ash Wednesday services, he called on Roman Catholics to embrace immigrants regardless of legal status.

Christians shouldn't be afraid of jail time for doing what is right; it happened to all the apostles. If the House passes their wicked "law", it shouldn't affect the behavior of Christians towards immigrants.

The stakes are high in the struggle for the right to migrate: America's soul.


  • Bravo. Though of course, I would say "right laws" as opposed to "God's laws," seeing as I don't believe in God but I do believe in absolute right and wrong. The important thing is that the will of authority is merely a proximal justification, and when it falls seriously afoul of true morals our actions and authority's laws must part.

    By Blogger Nato, at 7:51 PM  

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