At the February 7th meeting of the Presbytery of San Francisco, representatives from the Leadership Council of the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church voted in favor of a resolution to “affirm our covenantal commitment to offering welcome to all.” The resolution passed, and we offer it here with a slight modification:
Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27, 2017 has suspended visas or restricted entry for Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim Refugees) entering into the United States, which serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war
And whereas, this suspension contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee,
And whereas, Jesus himself, with his family, began life as a refugee,
Be it resolved, the Presbytery of San Francisco, of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting on this 7th day of February decries any policy that discriminates against refugees and asylees by nationality, race, or religion, as immoral, and un-American and our understanding of the Biblical great ends of the Church
And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.
Please see the original resolution here: http://www.presbyteryofsf.org/2017/02/refugee-resolution-passed-by-sf-presbytery/
The modification changed the words “contrary to US tradition” to “un-American.” The reason for this change is to acknowledge past actions taken by the US Government, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Internment, and the National Origin Quota System (Immigration Act of 1924), among others.