Friday, March 30, 2007

Disgusting

Apparently a good way to get rid of people we don’t want in our country is to treat them as animals so they don’t want to stay anymore...

Check out the news story. Here’s an extract:

The JCHR highlighted one case of a destitute Rwandan asylum-seeker who suffered bowel cancer and had a colostomy bag, but was refused treatment by a hospital and could not register with a doctor.

Meanwhile, a woman had been forced to live rough for three months - sitting at crowded bus stops all night because she was terrified of being alone - but on winning her asylum appeal had been ruled entitled to immediate support.

The committee also reported how the parents of a three-week-old baby had been housed in a "filthy, bug-infested room" in Leicester.

I hate this kind of display of all that’s worst about the disgusting pride and callous disregard for fellow human beings that “privileged” Western nations such as ours often exhibit.

As the Church of Jesus we love all, welcome all – because we belong to a people drawn from “every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9). “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1) – we all live on God’s Earth because of His grace, none of us deserving, none having more or less “rights” than any other. How dare we turn our backs on the destitute and the refugee – no, worse than that – how dare we treat them as less than us, less than human.

It makes my blood boil and provokes me to live for God’s kingdom of the poor with all my heart.

2 comments:

DarrenDeliberate said...
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DarrenDeliberate said...

Well said.

Another increasing frustration I find is seeing Good-hearted hard working people who want to contribute to society in this country being denied because of their 'accident of birth' (not born here) when people who are born here are unwilling to do anything whilst expecting the state the give them everything. This at time when the popular press foster a culture of Xenophobia, influence the population who rarely stop to think for themselves and often adopt the messages they are so often bombarded with in the media.