Locker room conversation after sports training last week: “Would you take one of them in?” referring to refugees. “You bet. Then I’d shoot them, quarter them and sell their organs.” These are good Swiss citizens, middle-class businessmen.
Conversation after a board meeting last week: “Why do these journalists have to flood us with all these pictures of little kids and drowning boys! I’m sick of it all.” “Yeah, and they’re all carrying smart phones and wearing good clothes.” These are small town, middle class women that care for the elderly. They are not hard hearted, not for their own.
Am I on the wrong page?
Have I got this all wrong? Is it true that the refugees are just people trying to infiltrate our country with their religion, meaning our hard fought for freedoms especially as women are in grave danger? Or they’re not desperate at all, but just wanting the good life we’ve worked very hard to achieve, and they want to get easily?
Tell me, am I wrong to think the majority of the people scrambling to get to the European borders are fleeing war or extremely oppressive regimes and fear for their lives? That we have an obligation to help the weak and oppressed?