Almost a year has passed since Charisma Magazine published the op-ed “Why I am Absolutely Islamophobic”, which argued that the United States should sterilise, deport and/or kill 100% of its Muslim deportation. The deportation part was literally labeled “D.A.M.N.”, Deport All Muslims Now – and this was written by a Christian, mind you! The article was eventually removed by Charisma after people protested against their promotion of genocide, but it’s still accessible here.
Christian support for the “D.A.M.N.” policy hasn’t ended though; recently Franklin Graham, the son of world evangelist Billy Graham, wrote on Facebook that he want to deport all Muslims due to the risk of Islamic terrorism:
“Four innocent Marines killed and three others wounded in Chattanooga yesterday including a policeman and another Marine–all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed to immigrate to this country from Kuwait. We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled… Let your Congressman know that we’ve got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates. Pray for the men and women who serve this nation in uniform, that God would protect them.”
As the title of this blog post suggests, I think that the extreme idea if deporting all Muslim immigrants (which a “stop all immigration of Muslims” means in practice) is stupid, evil and non-Christian. Let’s start with the evil part:
Most if those who have been killed by ISIS are Muslims. Most of those fleeing from the wars and terrors in the Middle East are Muslims. Deporting all Muslim immigrants includes deporting those who fled from terrorism and death to terrorism and death. That’s just plain evil.
Furthermore, deporting all Muslim immigrants means that we deport terrorists. And while many Americans may think it’s nice to get rid of them, here’s a reveal: people don’t disappear just because they’re outside the United States. In fact, if you deport ISIS militants to ISIS land, they’re just going to go on killing innocent people. If you want to stop ISIS, sending militants to them is a horribly stupid idea that will just help ISIS.
The combined policy of deporting both Muslim victims and Muslim terrorists to the same countries is thus stupid and evil at the same time. Graham compares his policy recommendation to World War Two when the US didn’t allow German immigration. Now guess what happens if a country both deports German Jews and Nazis to Nazi Germany? The Nazis will kill the Jews. It doesn’t stop the Nazis one bit – it just helps them to commit genocide.
Finally, the policy is totally non-Christian. Franklin is the son of an excellent evangelist and as such, he should realise that deporting non-Christians to other countries isn’t what Jesus said that we should do in the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20). Sure, the US may seem to have become a “Christian nation” if all the Muslims, atheists and new agers are deported to other countries, but our mission is not to Christianise a particular country but to evangelise the world. And deporting non-Christians to countries which missionaries hardly can access is a horrible evangelistic strategy. It’s just stupid and evil.
It’s ridiculous that one even has to point this out. We need much more evangelism, open air crusades, street healing, public testimonies and Christian media in the Western world. Not deportation.