I’ve spoken many times on the inevitable disappointments of those who seek shelter in comforting words found on dry paper. Whether or not reason can invade their reverie, the fact remains: the constitution says exactly what a cloistered panel of jurists can agree that it says. Nothing more, nothing less. And given the lengthening strides of America’s executive, that interpretative chore has been efficiently streamlined to the musings of only one man. As Louie XIV is alleged to have reasoned: I am the state.
The effect extends noticeably beyond secular institutions. For I understand Christians also have a revered charter, including a raft of edicts and injunctions that flow therefrom. These also falling under the interpretive purview of those residing on Earth rather than heaven. And by their obvious estimation, the creator of the universe has re-prioritized to better align his agenda with man’s more keen modern insights. He is a deity willing to learn from his mistakes.
And so surely the time must be brief before clergy adopt an improved Decalogue more meaningful to a diverse, tolerant, and inclusive society. I think we all know what God would have wanted the new First Commandment to be, had he the benefit of foresight. Though no one is perfect. So the devout must focus where we now realize it to be righteous: moving africans into Europe.
Spain’s Conference of Bishops has slammed a government proposal which would allow for the instant deportation of migrants who clamber over border fences into the country’s north African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.
The secretary of the bishops’ commission on migration has joined hands with several other Catholic organizations including the charity Caritas to denounce the proposed change.
The Spanish government in October announced that it would include a legal amendment in its planned new Citizen Security Law authorizing police to expel migrants who climb the fence around Melilla and Ceuta, without giving their asylum claims a hearing — a move slammed by opposition parties.
But the Catholic groups on Monday expressed their “energetic rejection” of the plan saying in a statement that any such changes would effectively make borders “a human rights-free zone”.
They said the new law would only increase people’s suffering and would not provide solutions for the people “who abandoned their countries of origin, to, after an arduous journey, arrival at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla”.
The UN’s refugee agency has also criticized Spanish government plans saying the country call break international law by doing so.
Spain has since responded by announcing it will create “centres of attention for asylum seekers” at border posts in the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
The Interior Ministry said that the plan to build special asylum posts, to be put into action in the coming months, “will strengthen the system of international protection and meet more fully the requirements of the Common European Asylum System”.
A spokesperson for the UN said in late October that around two thirds of those trying to cross the seven-metre (23-foot), triple-layer border fence into Melilla were from countries torn by war, violence and persecution, including Syria, Central Africa Republic and Mali.
In 2013, around 4,200 people entered the enclaves illegally by land and sea, he said.
“So far this year, over 5,000 people have arrived, including 2,000 people fleeing the conflict in Syria, of whom 70 percent are women and children,” he added.
One can understand God’s evolving position on this matter. The bishops are only asking Spain to accept those fleeing “war, violence, and persecution.” And since all of those are temporary events (particularly in Africa) it’s simply a humane gesture to accommodate a few straggling refugees. Probably no more than half a billion Africans would relocate if given the chance. Taking them in is a moral obligation: see new commandment #4.
And so the church makes its position clear: God has changed his mind, why can’t Spain?