Friday, November 20, 2015

On Syrian refugees, Episcopal bishop asks Michigan to be a 'good neighbor

From Eastern Michigan-

A Michigan Episcopal bishop is urging others to join him in a call for the state to act as "a good neighbor" to Syrian refugees.

Bishop Todd Ousley of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan released a statement in support of welcoming Syrian refugees, days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he would pause efforts to attract refugees from the Middle Eastern country.

"Not only is (Snyder's) attempt to block acceptance of refugees beyond the authority of his office, it is a fear-based reaction to a very complex set of political and humanitarian concerns," Ousley said. "As Christians in the Episcopal tradition, our love of God compels us to love our neighbor and Jesus teaches us that acts of mercy demonstrate our own neighborliness."

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