Posted by: Yvonne Meek | January 31, 2017

On the EO RE: Immigration–Beware the Deceptive Straw Man and Keep Calm

A sound and reasonable response to an emotionally loaded question …


Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Is it heartless and hateful to enact reasonable immigration restrictions? Is it so black-and-white? Or is there a “straw man” lurking somewhere?


A friend of mine, also a blogger, whose work I admire for the normally scholarly care she takes in citing her sources in context, posted an uncharacteristically non-scholarly commentary on President Trump’s recent Executive Order (EO) regarding immigration.

Her summary lacked her usual care in citing (and considering) original sources, and can be summed up, I think, in her emotion-based argument, quoted here, supported by a hypothetical “hard case”:

“Fellow Americans, did any of us want or envision that the new administration would mean that the nice Middle-Eastern man in our neighborhood, whom we know by name, would find himself unable to come home to his kids?”

Elsewhere in her post, she equated establishing the rule of law at the border for…

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  1. Thank you, Yvonne. I appreciate your stopping by my blog, as always, and your re-blogging my “heart” for the issue.

    These are intense days in our nation, yet I believe the Scriptures have much wisdom, warning, and encouragement for believers working in the midst of the strife and praying in their “prayer closets”.

    Blessing and cheers to you, today.

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