Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

What would Saint Thomas Aquinas say about the Refugee Crisis?

We as Christians are debating among ourselves aboutwhether or not we have a moral duty to receive refugees fleeing Muslim nations.

This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire articleuntil the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writingincendiary comments. This might be one of theclearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics ofThomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. –Godspeed,Taylor Marshall

As Christians we remember Our Lord’s parable about the Good Samaritan recounting how the outwardly religious clerics (the priest and the levite) passed the injured man in the road, but howthe Samaritan proved to “be his neighbor” and care for him. Christ rebukes the outwardly religious hypocrites and commends the good Samaritan.

When it comes to the refugee crises, none of us wants to be the hypocrite who turns his steps to the opposite side of road to avoid caring for an injured victim.

Meanwhile, if you are Catholic, you’ve been listening to the book of Maccabees this week in the daily Mass readings. These biblical lessons approvingly recount how Mattathias along withhis Maccabean sons and companions rightfully used physical violence against their political oppressors the Seleucid Greeks who wereactively using force to undermine the conscience and convictions of the People of God.

So which are we?

Are we the caring Samaritans or the crusading Maccabeans?

Let’s first suspend all emotional appeals, and set down afew logical and calm points of agreement to get us all on the same page:

When we move throughthe logical points above, we begin to discovera few logical conclusions:

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