mike wrote:In a way, you're making a Just War argument, just on a different issue (immigration). Anabaptists haven't participated in the Just War debate, they just opt out of war altogether. Typically they haven't protested war, they have simply refused to participate. Is it really in keeping with the Anabaptist ethic to get up in arms (heh) about the government's immigration policy? Protest marches, constant Internet attacks on the President, etc?
Very much enjoying this discussion, Mike. Here, I disagree with you - this is an unjust war argument.
Suppose our president wanted to randomly launch nuclear bombs at our allies. Would you protest that? I would. Not as an endorsement of war, but as a statement that some things are beyond the pale by any reasonable moral standard. I am not claiming these are moral equivalents, but sometimes the extremes help identify if there's a time to step in and say something.
A lot of non-plain Mennonites did work with Martin Luther King, and I would have joined them. I didn't start working with refugees as a political statement, but it sure makes political happenings personal for me. I don't want people to think my friends are Muslim terrorists because of political fearmongering. How do we combat hatred and fear without publicly disagreeing with some politicians? I guess I find it harder to define clear boundaries between the human and the political than you do.
And in this doublespeak world, we at least need to do a reality check from time to time in order to remember that our politicians don't define what is true.