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DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

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DAVID DALLAS, MBJ columnist

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi.

Bryant said “no,” but made an even more important point to these leaders in the process: President Obama is out to destroy our state.

Bryant wrote an open-letter to President Obama back in July making it clear that, as governor, he planned to protect Mississippi from the president’s failed immigration policies. And that his office would be monitoring “rumors about the transport and housing” of immigrants. His letter also accused the Obama Administration of conducting such actions “under the cloak of secrecy.” It’s a fascinating letter that all Mississippians should take the time to read.

Our governor is a man of conviction and just may be proven right. Many of these immigrant children have somehow been given “legal” status and the Obama Administration is now using our churches to transport and house them.

In a recent radio interview about his decision to keep these refugee children out of our state, Bryant asked, “Can human trafficking be part of this? Is someone taking advantage of these children?”

Bryant’s clever and rhetorical questions would suggest these children are being used for political purposes, if not worse, by President Obama. They could be victims of some larger, more sinister trafficking effort with Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist church groups serving as a front. Thank God the Baptists are still clean.

In the same interview, Bryant went on to share his worries about the safety of these children and sounded awfully sincere in his desire to learn the health care conditions that exist with these children. Of course, he doesn’t want to know well enough to actually permit the children to enter the state so we could all find out.

The press, of course, has only been reporting Bryant’s intransigence in regard to his conversation with Mississippi church leaders. No doubt the church leaders gave the standard “these-are-simply-innocent-children” plea. In response, Bryant and his team probably laid out a clear and thorough presentation outlining how Obama is anti-Mississippi if not the outright anti-Christ. And these children, merely pawns in his socialist gambit.

Bryant believes if he can just keep Obama’s immigrant-trafficking operation at bay, along with Obama-care and other Obama-ills, the State of Mississippi may finally have a chance to pull itself up by its boot straps. Then, we will become the No. 1 state in the plethora of categories where we remain woefully behind, if not on the very bottom.

Bryant, like Haley Barbour before him, has worked with other Republican governors, who also fear the Obama Boogie-Man. Democrats, Tea Party, and independent political types may be more than a little disenchanted with Obama and his lack-luster-let-me-take-another-mulligan Presidency, but nobody can see the real evil that Obama represents like a Republican governor.

These governors have written countless open-letters to Obama. They insist that Obama seeks to take over our water supply, prevent state’s from choosing which home-approved monopoly will provide their energy, and continue to over tax industry and corporations that provide employment. Such issues will have an impact on jobs and resources, and one can at least understand these battles with Obama, whether you agree with them politically or not.

However, for Bryant to come across quite publicly as being insensitive to the plight of “legal” refugees, particularly children, is unconscionable. Particularly, when done in such a condescending manner to those, who according to scripture, are charged to care for the orphan and the widow.

Bryant, no doubt a Biblical Literalist, may have pointed out the particular verse in the Book of James which actually reads: “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Perhaps Bryant told the Zealots that he would gladly visit refugee children and maybe a few distressed widows after he finishes his term as governor. In the meantime, he will fight on to keep Mississippi unstained by the world and our nation’s Muslim-sympathizing president.

The verse in James echoes the Jewish text in Deuteronomy about how God “executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for immigrants by giving them food and clothing.” The passage goes on to urge all of us to “show love for the immigrant.”

Bryant likely interprets this passages differently than today’s more liberal-minded clergy working for Camp Obama. The governor has a more nuanced view of how God executes justice for these immigrant children: tough love. Tough.

» David Dallas is a political writer. He worked for former U.S. Sen. John Stennis and authored Barking Dawgs and A Gentleman from Mississippi.

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