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A Christian Response to Xenophobia


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A Christian Response to Xenophobia

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    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
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A Christian Response to Xenophobia

  1. 1. A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE to By Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. "You shall neither mistreat a stranger, nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21
  3. 3. Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of foreign people.
  4. 4. Murderous Mobs Two Ethiopians were petrol bombed and a 14 year old boy murdered in a wave of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in KwaMashu and Umlazi in KwaZulu over the last 2 weeks.
  5. 5. Open Borders The Southern African Migration Project (SAMP), reported that one of the un-anticipated by-products of the ANC government's "open border" policy has been a growth in intolerance towards foreigners.
  6. 6. Violence against foreign citizens and refugees has become increasingly common.
  7. 7. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has expressed concerns over the safety of refugees in South Africa,
  8. 8. especially after the graphic pictures of South Africans burning Zimbabwean refugees in brutal necklace murders made front-page news worldwide in 2008 when 100,000 people were displaced and at least 50 brutally murdered.
  9. 9. when 100,000 people were displaced and at least 50 brutally murdered.
  10. 10. Unfriendly A study based on a citizen survey across the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), found South Africans expressing the harshest anti-foreigner sentiment out of all proportion to any other countries in the region.
  11. 11. The rainbow nation now has a reputation for Xenophobia.
  12. 12. Victimised The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), found that 87% of police officers in the Johannesburg area believed that most undocumented immigrants are involved in crime.
  13. 13. Many refugees, particularly Zimbabweans, report being victimised, threatened, assaulted and robbed by South African officials.
  14. 14. Go Home! Human Rights Watch reports immigrants from Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have been targeted for physical assault under a campaign known as Buyelekhaya ("Go back home").
  15. 15. which blamed foreigners for unemployment. Some of the incidents they reported from 2008 include:
  16. 16. Scapegoats A Mozambican and two Senegalese were thrown out of a moving train by a group returning from a rally in Alexandra township that blamed foreigners for unemployment.
  17. 17. No Zimbabweans! Residents in Zandspruit demanded that all Zimbabweans leave their area and then forcibly evicted them and burned down their homes.
  18. 18. “Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.” Psalm 55:11
  19. 19. No Immigrants! In Olievenhoutbosch, Zimbabweans were attacked and killed and their belongings set alight amidst demands by the locals that police remove all immigrants from the area.
  20. 20. "These foreigners disrespect our culture, they don’t speak our language, they take our women and they take our jobs!"
  21. 21. Somali Businessmen Targeted Over 47 Somali refugees were murdered in two months as part of a campaign to drive Somali traders out of townships in the Western Cape.
  22. 22. "These foreign people come to South Africa with nothing, but tomorrow he has cash, third day he owns a shop and fourth day he has a car. Where do these foreign people get this money from?"
  23. 23. Jobs for Us – Not for You! Local people attacked immigrants from Malawi, Zimbabwe , Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and Mozambique. "Because the foreigners are taking away our jobs!"
  24. 24. Statistics South Africa Quarterly Labour Force Survey reports that officially 4.6 million South Africans are unemployed, 25% of the workforce.
  25. 25. However, realistically they stated that 36.7% are actually unemployed in South Africa.
  26. 26. Fleeing Oppression Zimbabweans point out that the reason why over half of the population of Zimbabwe have fled their country
  27. 27. is because of the oppression of Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF regime, which is supported by the South African ANC government.
  28. 28. "The solution is to stop supporting the tyrant Mugabe who is destroying our country and we will return to our homes and farms in Zimbabwe."
  29. 29. Economic Suicide of Zimbabwe In 2005, Mugabe launched Operation Murambatsvina ("Drive out the filth"), which destroyed the homes of over 1.5 million Zimbabweans.
  30. 30. This was in retaliation to these areas voting against the ruling party in the elections.
  31. 31. Zimbabwe has committed national suicide by destroying the commercial farms, which had not only fed the country, but provided the largest amount of foreign exchange, employed over a million people and provided homes for more than 2.5 million Zimbabweans.
  32. 32. Instability Fuels Xenophobia The unprecedented influx of Zimbabweans running away from the collapse of their country has placed greater strain on South Africa, which has received most of these displaced people.
  33. 33. Instability in Zimbabwe has led to greater social pressures and tensions in South Africa.
  34. 34. Positive Influence A major solution to the fierce competition for jobs and services in South Africa would be to help re-establish stability and freedom North of the border.
  35. 35. In this age of globalisation, the ripple effects of instability in one country affects its neighbours.
  36. 36. Dictatorships Produce Refugees The violence, insecurity of property and oppression in the Congo, Angola and other parts of Africa,
  37. 37. fuels the flood of refugees and immigrants pouring into South Africa and places ever-increasing strain on the limited infrastructure, resources and job market.
  38. 38. "They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity…" 2 Peter 2:19
  39. 39. Evolutionism Breeds Racism
  40. 40. However, those who hold to Darwin’s theory of evolution, have no objective basis with which to counter racism.
  41. 41. In fact, Darwinian evolutionism has inspired a whole host of racist ideologies and movements, especially communism.
  42. 42. The actual title of Darwin’s famous evolutionary book is: “On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”
  43. 43. Evolution Leads to Revolution
  44. 44. Karl Marx wanted to dedicate Das Kapital to Charles Darwin and wrote “Darwin’s book is very important and serves me as a basis in the natural sciences for the historical class struggle.” “Violence is the midwife”
  45. 45. as Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin so succinctly put it: “evolution leads to revolution!”
  46. 46. Darwin and Marx were Racists
  47. 47. Both Darwin and Marx expressed racist views. It is ironic that so many Russians and Africans have held Marxist and evolutionary beliefs because Darwin taught that the “advanced races” should “exterminate” the primitive races in order to speed up evolutionary progress!
  48. 48. Karl Marx himself despised the Slavs and Blacks, writing that they were “frozen at pre-civilisation levels” and would never make any contribution to history! (Karl Marx – the Racist, 1978; Understanding The Times, David Noebel, 1991; Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand).
  49. 49. Discrimination and Antagonism
  50. 50. The Oxford English Dictionary defines racism as: “…discriminati on against or antagonism towards other races.”
  51. 51. Hypocritical Racists
  52. 52. Yet many who speak out vitriolicaly against racism, are themselves racist, displaying intense antagonism towards people of other races and advocating policies which discriminate on the basis of race.
  53. 53. Character or Colour?
  54. 54. These are many of the same people who would idolise Martin Luther King(Jnr), but who are not willing to live by his maxim: that people should be judged by the content of their character, not by the colour of their skin.
  55. 55. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness… who are wise in their own eyes… who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent…they have rejected the Law of the Lord Almighty…” Isaiah 5:20-24
  56. 56. Murderous Manipulations
  57. 57. Frustrated people are easily manipulated by mesmerizing slogans sold by murderous hate mongers. One of the easiest ideas to sell anyone is that he is better than someone else.
  58. 58. The holocaust in Rwanda where mobs of Hutus slaughtered over 800,000 Tutsi Christians, is just one example of the destructive power of tribalism in Africa in recent years. More people were killed with machetes in six weeks in Rwanda, than have been killed by nuclear weapons in all of history.
  59. 59. Media Marketing of Hate
  60. 60. In the month and weeks leading up to the holocaust in Rwanda the state radio RTLM denigrated all Tutsis as “foreigners”: “Hamitic invaders”, “cockroaches”, “racist supremacists”; who needed to be “returned to Ethiopia”
  61. 61. by having their bodies thrown into the Nyabarongo River.
  62. 62. Wild rumours were recklessly spread by RTLM accusing the Tutsis of sinister plots. The MRND government bluntly asserted: “every Batutsi is dishonest” and “the Bahutu should stop having mercy on the Batutsi.”
  63. 63. The state media editorialised that the Bible instructs you to kill snakes and “all Tutsis are snakes!”
  64. 64. Newspeak in Rwanda
  65. 65. This fanatical extremism was not on the fringes of society, but was propagated by top leaders of the MRND government and by the Anglican and Roman Catholic hierarchies.
  66. 66. Popular poet and songwriter, Simon Bikindi composed songs which provoked Hutus to hate their Tutsi neighbours. Extremists toured the country to incite racial hatred against the Tutsi. New terms were popularized: “clearing the bush” which originally had referred to clearing land for cultivation, came to mean killing Tutsi’s.
  67. 67. “Interahamwe”, which used to mean communal work parties now came to mean mobs who would hunt out and kill the Tutsi. Even the term “work” itself now came to mean the task of killing!
  68. 68. State Sponsored Hate
  69. 69. In my book, Holocaust In Rwanda, I quote some examples of this extremist ideology propagated by senior government officials.
  70. 70. Here are the words of MRND Vice President Dr. Leon Mugesera: “the Tutsi are inyenzis (cockroaches)… what are we waiting for to decimate these families…? They have no right to live…
  71. 71. eliminate these people…destroy them. No matter what you do, do not let them get away.” After the holocaust Leon Mugesera fled to Canada.
  72. 72. Inflammatory Reporting
  73. 73. In the run up to the genocide Radio Television Libre Des Milles Collines (RTLM) broadcast inflammatory stories and twisted all news to have an anti-Tutsi angle: “they are cockroaches from cockroaches who speak for cockroaches”; “the Tutsis need to be killed”; “hunt out the Tutsi…”; “who will fill the half empty graves?”; “take your spears, clubs, guns, swords, stones, everything, sharpen them, hack them, those enemies, those cockroaches…” ; “like a mad dog you have to beat it up, and up and up…”
  74. 74. Mobilising Mass Murder
  75. 75. By totally dominating the mass media, the Hutu extremists were able to mould minds and fill them with hatred and a lust for blood. The MRND ruling party planned and promoted the systematic annihilation of the Tutsi minority from as early as 1990.
  76. 76. The pattern of the killings reveals that the massacres were meticulously organised in advance. Most of the victims were slaughtered inside church buildings, hospitals, and schools. I walked knee deep in corpses in the church at Ntarama.
  77. 77. At the Kigali Hospital over 7,000 corpses had to be removed before the hospital could be reopened.
  78. 78. Hatred
  79. 79. Racism has been described as “the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”
  80. 80. H.G. Wells noted that racism “justifies and holds together more baseness, cruelty and abomination than any other sort of error in the world.”
  81. 81. Double Standards
  82. 82. It is disturbing how many African leaders, while ostensibly opposing racism, support one of the most vitriolic racists on the continent today: Robert Mugabe.
  83. 83. Despite Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, being guilty of some of the most vicious racism, with a disastrous policy of state sponsored terrorism,
  84. 84. the stealing and looting of farms and businesses, the murder of farmers and opposition members, terrorizing of Supreme Court justices,
  85. 85. the ANC government of South Africa have steadfastly refused to criticise Mugabe. bombing of opposition newspaper offices, imprisoning of critics and reckless promotion of racial hatred against whites,
  86. 86. National Suicide in Zimbabwe
  87. 87. The crisis in Zimbabwe is severe. The worst inflation in the history of the world.
  88. 88. People are dying of starvation in a man-made famine, orchestrated by the ZANU-PF government of Mugabe. Over 5,000 productive white commercial farms have been seized by government organised mobs.
  89. 89. Vast herds of cattle and wildlife have been slaughtered. Crops and stores burned.
  90. 90. Farmhouses looted. Many people beaten or murdered. One of the most productive agricultural economies in Africa has been systematically destroyed, because of fanatical racial hatred.
  91. 91. Not only did these farms feed the entire nation, but they also exported food providing the highest percentage of foreign exchange earnings for the country. These commercial farms were also the highest employers of labour in the country and provided homes for up to 4 million farm workers and their dependants.
  92. 92. Racial Scapegoats
  93. 93. When the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, needed a scapegoat for his failed socialism, he played the race card, declaring: “farmers are enemies of the state!... We have degrees in violence!... those farmers who resist will die!”
  94. 94. Supporting a Racist Dictatorship in Zimbabwe
  95. 95. Yet, despite blatant fraud in elections, and tens of thousands of human rights abuses documented,
  96. 96. many ANC leaders in South Africa have evidenced an obscene infatuation with and warmth towards the violent dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. “Whoever says to the guilty, you are innocent – peoples will curse them and nations denounce them.” Proverbs 24:24
  97. 97. Racism and Hypocrisy
  98. 98. It is evident that this blind support for Mugabe is inspired, in large part, by racial prejudice. Despite Mugabe engineering one of the most “spectacular economic collapses of history” with his national suicide of Zimbabwe,
  99. 99. all too many political leaders support him – irrespective of the lawlessness and savagery afflicting the population of Zimbabwe. Despite half the population of Zimbabwe having voted with their feet by fleeing the country, many in the African Union have evidenced both racism and hypocrisy in enthusiastically applauding Mugabe.
  100. 100. This racism and hypocrisy was particularly evident at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. While Mugabe supporters were slaughtering endangered wildlife and destroying huge forests and game reserves in Zimbabwe, Mugabe was being applauded with standing ovations as a key note speaker!
  101. 101. “How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished.” Jeremiah 12:4
  102. 102. Oppression
  103. 103. Under Mugabe’s racist regime tens of thousands of Matabele tribesmen were massacred even judges have been assaulted by mobs in their chambers in court, journalists and editors have been arrested and tortured, pastors have been arrested for praying for peace and justice, and the only independent daily newspaper and radio station in Zimbabwe were blown up.
  104. 104. Supporting What They Claim to Oppose
  105. 105. How can anybody in the ANC ever again speak against the racial discrimination of “apartheid South Africa” when they have instituted their own racial discrimination through Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment, job reservations and racial quotas in South Africa?
  106. 106. And when they are so enthusiastically supportive of Robert Mugabe’s vicious racism in Zimbabwe?
  107. 107. And when they enthusiastically support Julius Malema’s crude racism and hate speech? And when they happily sing “Kill the Boer! Kill the farmer!”
  108. 108. even while over 3,000 white commercial farmers have been murdered – in the most torturous and brutal ways?
  109. 109. And when thousands of Zimbabwe refugees in South Africa have been attacked, then homes burned and many killed, in Xenophobic attacks?
  110. 110. In many ways we now have worse race relations today with Affirmative Action than we even had in the past with apartheid. Many white people consistently opposed the discrimination of apartheid and spoke up for blacks that were victims of injustice.
  111. 111. However, there have been comparatively few black people who have spoken up against the brutal murder of over 3000
  112. 112. and the massive injustices being perpetrated against the white minority in the name of Affirmative Action today.
  113. 113. To many people it would seem that Affirmative Action in SA is nothing other than a cover for corruption on an unprecedented scale. Everywhere else in the world Affirmative Action is on behalf of the minority. Only in South Africa is Affirmative Action against the minority and for the majority!
  114. 114. In the face of the racism, xenophobia and hate speech evidenced in Robert Mugabe’s national suicide in Zimbabwe and the ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s “Kill the Boer!” slogan and songs, what is the Biblical response?
  115. 115. Recognising Reality
  116. 116. We need to recognise that crime and violence, corruption and malice are symptoms of our society’s rebellion against the Laws of God.
  117. 117. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
  118. 118. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
  119. 119. Exposing Evil
  120. 120. The scourge of animism, tribalism, the Islamic slave trade, genocidal clan warfare and the legacy of Marxist hatred needs to be exposed.
  121. 121. “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
  122. 122. “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I was still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
  123. 123. The Only Solution Only Biblical Christianity offers a rational basis for opposing racism and xenophobia, and for pursuing justice.
  124. 124. Creation Leads to Respect for Life
  125. 125. The Biblical doctrine of Creation where people are made in the image of God (Acts 17:26);
  126. 126. and of Redemption undermine racism, xenophobia and hate speech. Regeneration gives a person a new life with new desires.
  127. 127. "You shall not follow a crowd to do evil." Exodus 23:2
  128. 128. As the Apostle Peter declared: "We must obey God rather than men!" (Acts 5:29).
  129. 129. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Psalm 111:10
  130. 130. "Therefore do not be partakers with them." Ephesians 5:7
  131. 131. “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is the Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14
  132. 132. Equality before the law is a Biblical principle:
  133. 133. “The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.
  134. 134. You and the alien shall be the same before the Lord. The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you." Numbers 15:15-16
  135. 135. "Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor, or favouritism to the rich, but judge your neighbour fairly." Leviticus 19:15
  136. 136. The Greatest Commandment
  137. 137. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… love your neighbour as yourself." Mark 12:30-31
  138. 138. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to observe the Golden Rule: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” Luke 6:31 The Golden Rule
  139. 139. Jesus even taught His followers to: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you…” Luke 6:27-28 Love Your Enemies
  140. 140. The Biblical solutions to racism, xenophobia and hate speech are found in the Doctrine of Creation, The Greatest Commandment, The Golden Rule, The Parable of the Good Samaritan and The Great Commission.
  141. 141. After rising from the dead, and before ascending into Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ gave His followers the Great Commission: “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission
  142. 142. Because of these and other Scriptural commands, Christians like St Patrick, Boniface, William Wilberforce, John Newton, William Carey, David Livingstone, Mary Slessor, Lord Shaftsbury, General Charles Gordon, and so many others, worked tirelessly to end the slave trade, stop child labour and set the captives free. Amongst all the religions of the world, only Christianity brought an end to the slave trade. Christian Love in Action
  143. 143. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
  144. 144. All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of Reconciliation:
  145. 145. That God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ… and He has committed to us the message of Reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
  146. 146. "For He Himself is our peace who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility." Ephesians 2:14
  147. 147. Christians are commanded to love the foreigners and aliens in our midst, to love our neighbour, to be good Samaritans and do to others what we would want them to do to us. Love In Action
  148. 148. Who is My Neighbour? When Jesus was challenged by a potentially xenophobic question: Who is my neighbour? Our Lord specifically chose a Samaritan, who was a foreigner, despised by the Jews of his day, as an example (Luke 10:29-37).
  149. 149. The people of Israel were commanded to treat foreigners with kindness, because they themselves were once foreigners in Egypt (Exodus 22:21).
  150. 150. When King Herod sought to kill the infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph fled with Him to Egypt.
  151. 151. Christian Response The Christian response to Xenophobia is to love our neighbour as ourselves, to do to them as we would want to be done unto ourselves.
  152. 152. Not only opening our church doors to minister to foreigners in our community, but working to help them establish freedom and justice in their own lands, so that they will be able to return to their homes with hope for the future.
  153. 153. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… love your neighbour as yourself." Mark 12:30-31
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