He could be facing time in prison, but he claims not to care. That’s the latest from radio and former TV host Glenn Beck, who has vowed to bring Syrian Christian refugees into the U.S. on his own if the government won’t. “Stop asking for permission! Stop thinking we need permission,” Beck told the Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas in an interview published Sept. 12.
Apart from the gross illegalities of a private citizen heading up his own private department of immigration, what are the possible downsides for the nation? For one, there is the sobering reality that countless Muslims are converting (or claiming to convert) to Christianity in order to receive asylum. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked Sept. 9 about the background of the refugees. His response: “We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees.”
But Beck claims to have that base covered:
We will vet [the refugees] ourselves. I have former CIA people that are going over, and they’re vetting everybody right now. We can save more people by Christmas than Oskar Schindler saved, OK?
Oskar Schindler, for those unfamiliar with the reference, was a German spy credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. “I refuse to be the church that stood and said, ‘Sing louder when the trains with Jews go by.’ Our churches have gone dead inside,” Beck told Thomas, adding:
I will so gladly grace a jail for the justice cause of saving people’s lives. I don’t need your permission at all to do the right thing! That’s who we need to be now! Forget about Washington!
To finance his rescue operation, Beck has asked his listeners to help him raise $10 million before Christmas.
The humanitarian crisis Beck is speaking to is certainly real. And some of his appeal to his listeners resides in statements that point up the apparent double standard at work here in the U.S. As Beck notes:
The State Department won’t let them in? Really? Because I know some bridges over a river in Texas [where] that doesn’t seem to matter.