Someone named Gilles d'Aymery from Swans.com writes, "Assailed by the bad news and with the mid-term elections approaching the Reps have been mumbling louder and louder, picking fights with the Prez and distancing themselves from his policies. The latest fight they chose was with the Latino population, those hard-working migrants from Mexico and Central America that Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily) calls 'human parasites' and the xenophobe at CNN, Lou Dobbs, calls 'illegal invaders.'"
Now, to the untrained eye, it might appear that I actually referred to "hard-working migrants from Mexico and Central America" as "human parasites."
Never said it. Never wrote it. Never thought it.
It's amazing to me that people still feel like they have to put words in my mouth or twist what I say despite the fact that I write more than 1,000 words a day. I mean that ought to be enough for me to hang myself without any help from outsiders.
But apparently it's not. Because day after day, week after week, there are countless professional, semi-professional and amateur efforts (like the one above) to smear me and distort my clear, cogent and concise writings.
In fact, the only time I have ever strung together the words "human parasites" was in a column of April 11 in which I wrote: "Every day now, it seems, hundreds of thousands of ungrateful human parasites rally in American cities condemning their host country's lack of hospitality."
Clearly I was referring to those rallying in America's cities, not those entering the U.S. illegally to feed their families. How there could be any confusion about that, I do not know – unless, of course, your purpose is to enflame, agitate and stir passions rather than accurately reflect my words.
Bad enough misquoting me, but when you misinterpret the Bible, you're dealing with God's Word.
That's what Ben Protho tried to do in an e-mail he wrote to me Thursday defending William Kristol's indefensible and ludicrous remarks about how illegal aliens never hurt anyone.
"I share your concern about the impact of rising immigration on the security and well-being of our country," Protho writes. "However, I hope you will be very cautious about recommending precipitous action that could compound the problems. Let's not forget the biblical admonition contained in Leviticus 19:34, 'The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.'"
Actually, a more precise translation would be: "But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God."
Protho goes on to say: "As an 80-year old native, veteran of two wars and retired professional engineer who has lived as an alien, I believe the time has come to start thinking in terms of globalization instead of rounding-up and expelling settled families. As a Bible-believing Christian, it seems reasonable to me that globalization can be expected as the condition in which 'Christ will rule the nations.' Therefore, it is inevitable."
At least here is a man who tells you what he believes and why he believes it – no matter how shameful – without disguise. I can't say as much for Kristol.
Here's how I interpret that passage of the Bible: The same laws that apply to you and me should apply to the alien. If you or I break the law, we are punished. Likewise, if the alien breaks the law, he should be punished. If my American citizen neighbor breaks a just law, I expect him to be punished. Likewise, if my alien neighbor breaks a law, I expect him to be accountable.
I do love and respect those who come to the U.S. in a desperate effort to feed their families. I don't know how many times I have said it. They should be treated fairly. They should certainly not be lured into this country to be exploited by big businesses and politicians. They should not be lured into this country at risk of the elements. They should not be lured into this country so they can be preyed upon by professional criminals and human traffickers.
How anyone could view our current treatment of these pitiable foreigners as "Christian" and "humane" is beyond my comprehension.
But this fellow gives himself away.
He doesn't believe in U.S. sovereignty. He wants global government. Why? Because he thinks Jesus needs us to establish His Kingdom here on earth with the help of the European Union and the United Nations. I have news for you. That is not the Kingdom of Heaven. That is the Kingdom of Darkness.