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Syrian refugees: DFW clergy weigh in on what Jesus would do

The debate on Syrian refugees crosses many lines, as seen in the posters displayed by Tom Compton of Arizona, who recently showed his support of allowing refugees.
The debate on Syrian refugees crosses many lines, as seen in the posters displayed by Tom Compton of Arizona, who recently showed his support of allowing refugees. AP

The terrorist attacks in Paris continue to spark debate about the plight of Syrian refugees, a polarizing issue that crosses both theological and political lines.

With many governors, other politicians and religious leaders taking the stance that we should not allow Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States because of fears about terrorism, others say their actions fly in the face of Christianity, which urges followers to love thy neighbor and welcome strangers.

“One of the most important teachings from Jesus was the teaching about the stranger and offering hospitality to the stranger,” said Melanie L. Harris, associate professor of religion and ethics at TCU.

The safety of our nation, however, should also be considered, many people contend.

A sampling of what North Texas religious leaders say, including how they think Jesus would treat Syrian refugees:

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

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