The Weekly Round-Up
The Weekly Round-Up
Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at a Christian author who is asking the American church to broaden their view and impact of human dignity, an Australian push to remove children from a detention center, a reduction in resettlement of Iraqis who helped the U.S. and a new refugee policy in the Middle East. As Christians, we believe that all people are created in the image of God, and while Christians rightfully fight tooth and nail to preserve the right to life for the unborn, our view of who deserves life and human dignity can always expand. How would their advocacy change if the same passion were applied to displaced persons fleeing violence and persecution all over the world? The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.
In the book The Dignity Revolution, Daniel Darling writes, “every human being—no matter who they are, no matter where they are, no matter what they have done or have had done to them—possesses dignity, because every human is made in the image of God. By God’s grace, our churches would change, and our communities would change.” In the book, Darling challenges Christian to apply their pro-life beliefs and advocacy more broadly.
The Refugee Council of Australia is leading the charge to remove refugee children from a detention center in Nauru, an island in the South Pacific. They started a petition addressed to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking for the removal of 119 children from the detention center. Australian courts have already ordered the removal of several children with complex medical issues.
In 2015, more than 7,000 Iraqis resettled in the U.S. through a special refugee program for Iraqis who helped the U.S. military and other American organizations during the war there. As of last week, that number was only 48 for the same program this year. Pentagon officials are voicing their displeasure, saying that the low numbers will discourage future foreign nationals from assisting the U.S. military during future conflicts.
As they try and look for a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Trump Administration slashed funding for Palestinian refugees this year and moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. At a rally in West Virginia, he said that he has a “deal of the century” to settle the conflict, and that it is time for the Palestinians to “get something very good.” Critics say disruption is needed, but that removing funding is “vindictive and punitive toward the Palestinian refugees.”