Sandy Rios of the American Family Association knows just what Jesus would do with those 52,000 child refugees at our border: He’d quarantine them like lepers. I’m sure that’s exactly what he meant by “whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me also.”
Rios suggested that the child refugees should be quarantined like lepers used to be. “I think of biblical times, the lepers were separated — right or wrong — they were separated,” she said. “It was understood that leprosy was so contagious. So there’s nothing wrong with wanting to separate your children. We used to quarantine people when they had diseases.”
“We’re such a healthy people that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to be diseased and die from those diseases in huge numbers,” she said, “but we’re going to learn, I think, again.”
She went on to lament that the children are being transported in the “same planes that you and I fly in.”
“How do we know about lice and disease before they get on public transportation?” she added.
Leaving aside the fact that she’s passing on this vastly exaggerated idea of a threat to health that has always been used by those who want to mistreat immigrants, you know what I think any decent and compassionate person would do with a bunch of children who might be sick? I know this sounds crazy, but I think we should get them medical care. I think we should get them whatever treatment they might need. They quarantined lepers because there was no cure, but now we can cure it. I also think we should make sure they’re fed and clothed and have a place to sleep. You know, like the Bible commands these people to do dozens of times over.