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The problem with so many Christian leaders today is not that they're Christians: it's that they're morons. Or imbeciles, if you prefer. Homo stupidicus. In an article for Christianity Today, Dr. Russell Moore penned the Mother of All Idiotic Ideas entitled “Let the Afghan Refugees Come Unto Me.” (Read it here.) Encouraging the mass airlifting of illiterate Muslim tribesmen from the Pashtun region into America is not the very height of folly and self-destruction, you understand, it’s exactly what the Good Book tells us to do!
As evangelical Christians, we should resolve, even before our new neighbors arrive, to ignore those who would ask us to fear these refugees.
Historically, those wishing to ostracize refugees take a number of different tactics. They sometimes speak of them in language of “uncleanness”—using metaphors such as rodents or insects—or they might suggest that the asylum seekers are themselves vectors of disease. They sometimes, though less often, speak as bluntly as some are now of refugees as an “invasion” of those who are coming to “replace us” (with “us” almost always referring to white and nominally Christian Americans). But perhaps most often, they speak of refugees as a threat.
Just as we saw with Syrian refugees and Kurdish refugees in years past, we will soon hear the insistent cries of those arguing that Afghan refugees are terrorists, or at least that they might be, since they are “unvetted” and we know nothing about them. These claims aren’t true.
Indeed, why in the world would any good Christian fear the mass importation of Afghans into their country? It’s not like they practice an old cultural tradition which involves adult men forcibly raping young boys dressed up as girls, right? It’s not like the wave of Afghan refugees who got into Europe a few years ago created a crime wave of gang rapes of European women conducted in broad daylight, right? It’s not like six EU countries are currently seeking a total ban on Afghans migrating, right? That’s not just silly, that’s impossible — right?
You never heard about it, I’m sure. Over in Afghanistan, our soldiers were instructed to simply look the other way. (The ones who didn’t were reprimanded or relieved of their command.) The practice is so disgusting that even the Taliban apparently wants to outlaw it (and good for them). And that’s just how the Afghans treat their own children after selling them off. They don’t mind treating complete strangers the same way too. In Germany, they’re known for taking off their clothes at the public pools and exposing themselves to everyone else. In Austria, they’re known for drugging and raping and killing 13 year old girls. In fact, gang rape is a common practice of Afghan refugees in Europe:
These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up—no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.
How can one explain such behavior? How is it possible that an entire ethnic group emigrated to a foreign country and then behaved like savages? The explanation for such barbarism is exactly what you think it would be if, unlike Dr. Moore, you’ve ever read even a single book of history on Islam:
On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, [an Afghan legal court translator] believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports. Their laws don’t matter, their culture is uninteresting and, ultimately, their civilization is going to fall anyway to the horde of which one is the spearhead. No need to assimilate, or work hard, or try to build a decent life here for yourself—these Europeans are too soft to seriously punish you for a transgression, and their days are numbered.
So there you have it. They’re Muslims, and you’re an infidel — so they can do as they please. And don’t tell me that we’re “vetting” the good ones from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and ISIS-K and all that nonsense. (The Muslims have more splinter groups than Duran Duran.) You were told by Dr. Moore that you were being a good Christian by allowing these people into your country but, really, you were opening the front door to Attila the Hun. You want to believe that I’m exaggerating of course. (Go ahead and Google “Afghane Vergewaltigung” if you doubt me.) You want to believe that it’s only a few bad apples, but it’s not. It’s the whole barrel. And it’s not just the young men. For the Afghan people as a whole, 99% of them want sharia to be imposed worldwide (according to Pew Research).
I know all of this because I found it online in an hour. Why didn’t Dr. Moore bother to use the Internet himself? Was he asleep for the last five years as the migrant crisis in Europe brought us all these bitter lessons? What does he make of so many Islamic terror attacks against the West conducted by immigrants in the last decade? These are basic questions that any sane person would ask Dr. Moore once he submitted this brazenly stupid piece for publication — unless research is now the Devil over at Christianity Today.
It doesn’t require a doctorate in theology to see that Dr. Moore is not "teaching" Christianity. He's teaching suicidal ignorance. He’s advocating for the collapse of Christian nations. (That’s what happens when too many Muslims relocate to your country as Syrians and Armenians and Ethiopians can tell you.) We have more than 12 centuries of Christian pastors and leaders to guide us on the wisdom of resettling large numbers of Muslims into Christian countries. Not one of them would encourage us to do it. Only Dr. Russell Moore is dumb enough to suggest it. But then perhaps I’m being too charitable. Perhaps he knows exactly what he’s about.
Of course, Dr. Moore is such a prominent Christian pastor that he can put this matter to rest by putting his own ideas to the test. He should put some “skin in the game” — as the gamblers say. Dr. Moore believes that "There are times when we are called to a genuinely dangerous love of our neighbors." I couldn’t agree more. That's why he should lead by example and relocate his family to Afghanistan. What could be more instructive than really showing the Christian community how genuinely dangerous his love for his neighbors happens to be? Now I know what you're thinking: isn't that suicidal lunacy? Not at all. As Dr. Moore himself said: "The fear of refugees is meant to keep us in a state of emergency that sees everyone and everything not immediately familiar to us as a threat." You see: you’re just imagining that Afghans are dangerous because real cultural and religious differences don’t exist. It’s all a figment of your imagination.
I’m sure that Dr. Moore will be just fine in Kabul.