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Rios: Treat Refugee Children Like Lepers

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.

Comments

  1. raven says

    If the jesus of the bible ever existed and came back, fundie xians would hate him!!! If the police weren’t looking, they might well crucify him again. (Or in these enlightened times, probably just shoot him.)

    Sandy Rio’s god/jesus is just her sockpuppet.

  2. raven says

    More than a few commentators have noticed the blatant hypocrisy of fundies hating on kids fleeing from dysfunctional societies to escape terrible conditions.

    One cartoon I saw, shows an old lady glaring at jesus with the kids and saying, “who knew jesus was a flaming liberal?”

    US xianity is hollow. The fundie perversion is just right wing politics with a few crosses stuck on for show. I’ve said this dozens of times. While it is repetitive, it doesn’t stop being true.

  3. Kevin Kehres says

    Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish the mythology of Jesus were real.

    These people condemn themselves to the fires of hell.

    But since there is no hell, and the stories about Jesus are just that — stories — the only thing we have is sad, pathetic, amoral bigots.

  4. Trebuchet says

    Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish Ed would proofread his posts so he wouldn’t refer to Sandy Rios as “he” in one paragraph and “she” in the next. (“She” is correct.)

  5. matty1 says

    Many people say fundies don’t read the Bible, I’m starting to think they do. They read it then very carefully do the opposite of what Jesus would. Were I a non-fundamentalist Christian I think I would be using words like heresy to describe these guys.

  6. says

    Sandy has an awfully foreign last name. Hispanic, even. Suspicious. She’s on the list for the leper colony. You can never be too safe. She might have brought in some disease. You know how the Latinos are.

  7. matty1 says

    Well if it comes to that, just where in the world does a last name like Operandi come from?

  8. raven says

    wikipedia:

    In the United States, Hansen’s disease is tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with a total of 92 cases being reported in 2002.[5] Although the number of cases worldwide continues to fall, pockets of high prevalence continue in certain areas such as Brazil, South Asia (India, Nepal), some parts of Africa (Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique) and the western Pacific.

    There are only about 100 cases of leprosy in the USA every year. And it isn’t a common disease in central America either.

    Many or most of these cases are in people immigrating from high prevalence areas.

    Armadillos Transmit Leprosy to Humans, Study Confirms …
    www. nytimes. com/2011/04/28/health/28leprosy.html

    Apr 27, 2011 – About a third of leprosy cases each year in the United States are a result of contact with infected armadillos.

    The real danger for actually getting leprosy in the USA is from…armadillos.

    Ironically, armadillos live in…fundieland. Well, whatever. Anyone who wants to be absolutely certain of not getting leprosy should avoid armadillos and anyone who might have come in contact with armadillos i.e. anyone from Texas and the southeast.

    PS You can’t completely blame the armadillos. Evidence is that the armadillos caught it from…humans. That is what happens when you let a bunch of disease ridden jumped up monkeys overrun your habitat.

  9. Al Dente says

    Look, those kids are brown. Everyone knows that nordic Jesus was only referring to white, northern European kids when he was talking about “suffer the children” and that sort of thing. If those kids had names like Johnson or Muller then they’d be acceptable as refugees. Instead they from so far south that they have to be illegal immigrants to Mexico before they’re illegal immigrants to the US&A.

  10. leskimopie says

    @5
    Ed didn’t mess anything up, in the first paragraph ‘he’ refers to Jesus.

  11. raven says

    “How do we know about lice and disease before they get on public transportation?”

    Clearly Sandy Rios is a nonthinker.

    Beachwood City Schools : Head Lice
    www. beachwoodschools. org/HeadLice.aspx

    Some 6-12 million children get lice each year in the US, which makes it more … We can do much to prevent spread of lice by educating our children about the …

    Lice aren’t considered a disease.

    They are annoying though. The main vector is school children. With 6-12 million school kids infested each year, another 50,000 kids from central America isn’t going to be noticeable. So Ms. Rios has something else to be paranoid about. Kids, watch out for them!!!

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    You know, like the Bible commands these people to do dozens of times over.

    Ed, you know that that’s part of the Old Covenant. Doesn’t apply any more.

  13. Erp says

    They detested it when a high level Episcopalian, Gay Clark Jennings, pointed out that according to Matthew Jesus as a child had to flee to a different country (Roman Egypt [Judea wasn’t yet officially part of the Roman Empire]) to escape violence.

    http://www.religionnews.com/2014/07/11/commentary-christians-worship-child-fled-violence-home-country/

    Some conservative Christians do support letting the children stay
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/amyjuliabecker/2014/july/how-children-change-immigration-debate.html

    The comments section to both are of interest.

  14. magistramarla says

    I keep saying that I wish that I wasn’t so disabled that I can’t keep up with a child.
    I would be first in line to adopt one or two of the children who don’t have relatives here in the US to claim them.
    Why can’t families who want more children adopt some of them?

  15. says

    matty1 “Well if it comes to that, just where in the world does a last name like Operandi come from?”
    It’s American. Born in the USA. From PatrickHenryOperandi (famous for saying “Give me liberty, or a nice ham on rye with spicy mustard and a slice of cheese.”)

     
    raven “The real danger for actually getting leprosy in the USA is from…armadillos.”
    Armadillos aren’t American. They’re Hispanic tanks, part of the invasion.

  16. says

    “Why can’t families who want more children adopt some of them?”

    The same people that are so keen on calling undifferentiated masses of cells, “People” and decrying the secularization of MurKKKa are gonna throw every roadblock in the way of would be adoptive parents, cuz, teh Mexicootiez!

  17. Phillip IV says

    I think of biblical times, the lepers were separated — right or wrong — they were separated

    Great, now she doesn’t even need to quote the Bible for authority anymore, a vague reference to “biblical times” is argument enough. And their example is to be followed independent of whether it’s right or wrong, she states that explicitly.

    So, in essence: “We should always follow the example of Iron Age cultures, disregarding all ethical considerations.” Modern conservatism in a nutshell.

  18. says

    Sandy Rios is a perfect example of our nation’s overabundance of fake Christians. They keep talking about a loving, kindly Savior, but they show their true colors when actual charity is called for.

    Hmm. Perhaps they’re not fake at all. They’ve combed through the contradictions in the New Testament and cherry-picked verses so that they can conveniently switch from loving-kindness Jesus to bring-a-sword Jesus. Their Republican Jesus doesn’t give a good goddamn for refugee children. Rios and company probably also misunderstand the part where Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Hey, Jesus said kids had to suffer, right?

  19. laurentweppe says

    Sandy Rio’s god/jesus is just her sockpuppet.

    US xianity is hollow. The fundie perversion is just right wing politics with a few crosses stuck on for show. I’ve said this dozens of times.

    Many people say fundies don’t read the Bible, I’m starting to think they do. They read it then very carefully do the opposite of what Jesus would.

    You know what? If someone came up with a crazy conspiracy theory claiming that evil randologist atheists had taken over american conservative christianity to implement their “Fuck the Hoi Polloi, they’re nothing but bipedal cattle anyway” master plan, it would actually be quite difficult to disprove it.

    ***

    Were I a non-fundamentalist Christian I think I would be using words like heresy to describe these guys.

    Some non-fundamentalist Christians are already doing it

    ***

    Ironically, armadillos live in…fundieland

    But they originated from South America! QED! And the humans who transmitted them leprosy where probably Spaniards: see? It all connect! Bring down the anti-american spaniarmadillo conspiracy!

  20. laurentweppe says

    Aaaaaaaaaand, I screwed up my tags…

    Ok, once again:

    Sandy Rio’s god/jesus is just her sockpuppet.

    US xianity is hollow. The fundie perversion is just right wing politics with a few crosses stuck on for show. I’ve said this dozens of times.

    Many people say fundies don’t read the Bible, I’m starting to think they do. They read it then very carefully do the opposite of what Jesus would.

    You know what? If someone came up with a crazy conspiracy theory claiming that evil randologist atheists had taken over american conservative christianity to implement their “Fuck the Hoi Polloi, they’re nothing but bipedal cattle anyway” master plan, it would actually be quite difficult to disprove it.

    ***

    Were I a non-fundamentalist Christian I think I would be using words like heresy to describe these guys.

    Some non-fundamentalist Christians are already doing it

    ***

    Ironically, armadillos live in…fundieland

    But they originated from South America! QED! And the humans who transmitted them leprosy where probably Spaniards: see? It all connect! Bring down the anti-american spaniarmadillo conspiracy!

  21. anubisprime says

    Do these sunbeams ever in any way whatsoever, really compare what they say from the stinking pit of their ignorant bigotry with what jeebus is supposed to have said?
    Do they not clarify what scripture they quote with so called theologians, as to context and meaning?

    Do they actually understand the point of Christianity?, assuming of course it has a point beyond scamming dollars from the terminally thick.

    Do they trade in their humanity for a few cheers from the truly brain dead…are they really that shallow…it is seemingly so!

    What a tragic waste of being a human!…to be a failed one and proud of it, I just don’t get it!

  22. says

    And just why do these disease-ridden ragamuffins flee to America? Many of them showed up here to escape drug gangs back home, gangs who tell them to join up or die.

    Gangs created and spread by that favorite of the punish-the-sinner righties, the WAR ON DRUGS™.

    I would be first in line to adopt one or two of the children who don’t have relatives here in the US

    For the life of me, I just can’t understand the venom aimed at these poor kids, absolutely terrified children whose suffering is directly caused by this country’s destructive policies. What the fuck is wrong with the likes of Sandy Rios and the rest of these xenophobes? You want to send children back to the hell-hole? For what? To be murdered? One less brown person in the world?

    Go take a 3 week vacation in El Salvador, maybe you can find someplace to buy a crumb of compassion for the pit you call your soul.

    I’d hate to have a soul.

  23. Matrim says

    @2, colnago80>

    Actually, it is my understanding that Leprosy wasn’t all that contagious.

    When you’re talking about really old sources (the Bible being the big one), leprosy didn’t mean “Hansen’s disease,” it meant any of a number of skin ailments that had unpleasant appearances. The word “leprosy” was a translation picked to approximate the meaning.

  24. grumpyoldfart says

    Raven @ #1 says:

    If the jesus of the bible ever existed and came back, fundie xians would hate him!!! If the police weren’t looking, they might well crucify him again. (Or in these enlightened times, probably just shoot him.)

    If the Catholics get hold of him first, they’ll raffle him.

  25. stever says

    What King James’s board of scholars rendered as “leprosy” may not have been Hansen’s disease, but something far more contageous. Smallpox, secondary syphilis (the origional “pox”) and yaws are possibilities.

  26. Kevin Kehres says

    @28 __Well, it hardly mattered, because the source for all disease was the same…DEMONS!!

    The demons causing leprosy were the same as those causing yaws. Just a slightly different manifestation of the same entity.

  27. wpjoe says

    Perhaps Ms. Rios has forgotten that in the stories, JC is the one who doesn’t treat lepers like everyone else does – he talks to them, touches them, and heals them. As Ed says, if these kids have any medical conditions, we should get them medical treatment.

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