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WHY WE SHOULD WELCOME SYRIAN REFUGEES

Members of Midcoast Friends Meeting urge Americans to welcome Syrian refugees into our country, communities, and homes.

We have been impressed by the caring, humanitarian response, and courage of countries willing to take in nearly 1,000,000 refugees this year. One quarter of these refugees fled the misery of camps in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey where 4,000,000 still languish.

We need to respond with the same care, courage, and commitment.

Two months ago Americans were shocked by the photo of a drowned two-year-old boy on a beach in Turkey. Today compassion has given way to sweeping fears that terrorists will be embedded among refugees coming to the U.S.  Remember that apart from one terrorist in the Paris attacks those killers were French and Belgian citizens.  Their terrorism was born in depressed and disaffected urban communities in Paris and Brussels and fueled by ethnic and sectarian inequities.

We know that fear will lead to serious moral and political failures and dangerous mis…