To the editor:
In light of the breathtakingly inhumane — even cruel — attempts by Florida governor Ron DeSantis and Texas governor Greg Abbott to “own the libs” by transporting migrants to northern cities — in effect, treating them as chattel, lying to them about what awaits them, and according to some legal observers, virtually kidnapping them while moving them across state lines.
One wonders whether those elected Republican officials, who profess to adhere to the Christian faith, have ever read the following admonitions in the Bible:
“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21-22)
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.” (Leviticus 19:33)
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
“Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow.” (Jeremiah 22:3)
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)
“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none. And whoever has food is to do likewise.” (Luke 3:11)
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)
The golden rule, which is the basis of most religions, tells us, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Do Gov. DeSantis and Gov. Abbott believe that rule does not apply to them?
Miriam Levine Helbok