The brutal, coordinated terrorist attack on Paris on November 13—Friday the 13th—cast a great pall of darkness over Europe’s already macabre refugee crisis. The compassion that rose up in the hearts of many Europeans and Americans after the grisly drowning death of a Syrian boy in the Mediterranean Sea faded into the growing darkness as the deaths of more than 100 innocent people took center stage. It is becoming a drama from which there seems to be no exit.
But the cure for darkness has always been light, and as our week of mourning for European deaths comes to an end, we should dedicate ourselves again to bringing light, truth, and reason against the darkness.
Truth #1: The refugees are overwhelmingly victims of forces beyond their control. They are Iraqi and Syrian Christians and Yezidis who have been driven from their homes by militant Islamist fanatics. They are also Muslims who have fled from chaos and danger and helplessness, hurtling toward Europe.
Truth #2: Some of the “refugees” are opportunists who have taken advantage of the rush toward Europe because they saw a chance to get in while the systems are overwhelmed. Despite this, they are still seekers of opportunity and may succeed in parlaying opportunity into a better life in a better place than they came from.
Truth #3: Among the true refugees, an alarming number of aggressive, young, Islamist males have used the crisis to come to Europe and America with specific intent to harm us. They are hate-filled jihadists who must not be allowed to enter free nations to wreak their illegitimate vengeance blasphemously in the name of God.
Truth #4: The Christian faith heritage of the West, along with the dictates of ethical reasoning, demand that fellow human beings deserve our compassion and charity.