Pastor Mike Murphy of ShireLive Christian Church, Sutherland
Cardinal George Pell
Jesus asked us to love our neighbour as we do ourselves (Mt 22:39), to see Christ in the humble, the weak, the stranger: “… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me …”. (Mt 25:35) Jesus demonstrated his acceptance of foreign people by helping people like the Samaritan woman (John 4:3-42), the Roman Centurion (Mt 8:5-13) and the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:25-30) in the Bible stories.
I just sent a note to Pastor Mike Murphy of Shirelive Christian Church which is where Scott Morrison, Shadow Minister For Cultivating Xenophobia, worships.
The note said:
Dear Pr. Mike,
I am writing to request that you counsel Scott Morrison to stop inciting racism.
Scott Morrisson regularly encourages Australians to view asylum seekers as illegal arrivals but, as you know, seeking asylum is not illegal.
Such characterisation incites racism by provoking fear and suspicion of asylum seekers.
Mr. Morrison says that ‘Christian faith remains the driving force for [his] family, beliefs and values.’, consequently his traducement of asylum seekers reflect badly on the gospel. I was wondering if you could counsel Mr. Morrisson to stop inciting racist fear and suspicion of asylum seekers.
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Pope Benedict marked World Refugee Day, which was observed on Monday, with an appeal Sunday to political leaders to “guarantee a welcome and dignified living conditions” for refugees.
Dear Cardinal Pell,
I am writing to request that you counsel Tony Abbott to cease using the term
“illegals” when referring to asylum-seekers who arrive by boat.
Tony Abbott considers you one of the “three wise men” in his life along with John Howard and Noel Pearson. Obviously you have influence
with him on issues of morality and conscience.
As you know, it is not illegal to seek asylum when entering Australia
by boat. So Abbott’s use of the term ‘illegals’ is incorrect and dishonest.
Plainly, it does not behove those who aspire to be Prime Minister to be dishonest.
But more importantly, Abbott’s use of the term ‘illegals’ is dehumanizing
and consequently gives succour to xenophobia and racism. Nothing could
be less appropriate for a Prime Ministerial aspirant.
Abbott’s use of the term ‘illegals’ is intended to dehumanize refugees of war
and denote them as criminals. This operates in tandem with Scott Morrison’s
descriptions of asylum seekers as ‘illegal arrivals’ to which Morrisson adds ‘diseased’, unethical and manipulative (document destroyers), all of which Abbott endorses.
How would Jesus describe asylum seekers ?
How would Pope Benedict ?
How would you ?
In any event, plainly Abbott is being dishonest is describing asylum seekers as ‘illegals’.
Could you please counsel him to cease from such dishonesty ?
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Article 31(1) of the UN Convention On Refugees:
The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their
territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to
the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence
Dear Mr. Morrison,
I am a Pentecostal Christian and attend a church identical in theology, worship style and outlook to yours. I note that you claim that ‘Christian faith remains the driving force for [your] family, beliefs and values’
I am writing to request you cease your characterization of asylum-seekers as illegals.
Such characterization nurtures and inflames xenophobic tendencies in our community.
This is grotesquely inappropriate for those aspiring to national leadership such as yourself
and reflects badly on the gospel.
You attempt to justify your characterization of asylum seekers as illegals through reference to Article 31 of the Refugee convention. In doing so you reverse the intention of Article 31 by emphasising the illegal mode of entry whereas the purpose of Article 31 is to state that the illegal mode of entry is irrelevant to assessing asylum claims.
You knowingly reverse the intention and spirit of Article 31.
You do this in order to dehumanize asylum seekers by characterize them as illegals, meaning ‘criminals’. You do not care if this characterization inflames xenophobic sentiment. In fact, I suspect this is your intention.
In view of the above I request that you cease your deceitful misuse of Article 31
and cease to characterize asylum seekers as illegals.
How would Jesus describe an asylum seeker who was a refugee of war.?
How would Jesus recommend we treat them ?
Does this agree with your characterization and attitudes ?
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I want a better Australia.
I want our political leaders to stop lying.
I am sickened that Morrison and Abbott so wilfully stir up xenophobia. I cannot believe that they lower themselves to this but they do. I hope that their Pastoral leaders when given evidence of obvious moral collapse in Abbott and Morrison will have the courage to speak up. I hope that Morrison has some shred of conscience left. As for Abbott I doubt he is much influenced by the gospel any more but that at least he would pay attention to Pell.