Speaking of Republicans … I do seem to do that a lot lately, don’t I? They just give us so much fuel for the fires! Republican Senator Rick Scott from Florida crosses my radar at least once a week, but I’ve largely learned to ignore him just as I have so many others. He does, however, manage to make my antennae twitch when he goes all-out riding the bigot train as he did recently.
Last week, Scott was doing a radio interview (seems to me some members of Congress spend more time on the media circuit than they spend in the Capitol) when the host, Martha Zoller, brought up the topic of immigration. Now, you might think that Scott, being an ultra-conservative Republican in this, the 21st century, would be completely against immigration, but you’d be wrong. Oh no … Scott has a proposal:
“Why don’t we have a legal immigration system for the people that want to come and live our dream, that want to live, that believe in our Judeo-Christian values? Alright? Why don’t we want more? If we’re going to have more immigration, alright, let’s do that.”
Wow … I dunno, maybe some people would be happy living in a nation that only welcomes Christians, but … I personally value diversity. Our closest friends are a family of immigrants from Iraq who came to the U.S. seven years ago and almost immediately we began learning from each other, became best friends, and still today remain so. Last year after my 11 days in the hospital, they cooked dinner for us every night for over a month! I cherish what I have learned from them and our exchange of cultures. I have tried and loved some Arabic foods, have picked up a few words of Arabic, though with my failing memory my attempts to say something in Arabic usually end in resounding laughter! No, their skin is not lily-white, and no, they are not Christians, they are of the Muslim faith, but … so what??? They are wonderful people and my life is richer for knowing them! And yet Mr. Rick Scott would shun them?
The United States was founded in part on freedom of religion. That gives me the right to be a non-believer, that gives Rick Scott the right to be a Christian, and it gives my neighbors the right to be Muslim. If this country tilts toward Rick Scott’s vision, then we are no longer the United States of America that was established by the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. And if we allow this abominable sort of discrimination, then we are depriving ourselves of a myriad of opportunities to learn more about the world, to open our minds and our hearts. I have zero desire to live in a country of bigoted, narrow-minded people who think everyone must conform to their ways, their beliefs.
One last thing … I came across this a few days ago and found it so apt