RIPON COLLEGE SOPHOMORE Christian Ryan speaks at a post-election panel last November. Listening to him are Dean of Faculty Ed Wingenbach and Meg Carne, special assistant to the president.			                                 Ian Stepleton photo
RIPON COLLEGE SOPHOMORE Christian Ryan speaks at a post-election panel last November. Listening to him are Dean of Faculty Ed Wingenbach and Meg Carne, special assistant to the president. Ian Stepleton photo

     Rare is the political comment that enjoys any bi-partisan support in this bi-polar America.

     ... a Ripon College Young Republican’s Facebook post last weekend drew plaudits from his liberal and conservative friends.

     ... The guest editorial below was posted on Facebook Sunday at 3:11 a.m. by Christian Ryan.

     He is a Ripon College sophomore from Raymond, Wis., which is half the size of Ripon and located in Racine County about 20 miles north of the Illinois border. In addition to the College Republicans, Ryan is a member of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter on campus, Campus Christian Fellowship and Sigma Chi fraternity.

     He cites another rule book, the Bible, as inspiration for his words below.                                                             — Tim Lyke 

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    I am a Christian. I am an American. I am a Republican — in that order.

     Being active on campus with campus ministry, college Republicans and certain other groups, I often have to compare and prioritize my theological and political stances. Unfortunately, my world leads me away from my God far too often in this regard.

     Not this time.

     Trump’s unilateral ban on refugees from seven nations — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and the Sudan — has been temporarily halted by New York Judge Ann Donnelly, according to the BBC. ...

     the fact still remains that our president just tried to ban us from helping people in this world. This ban, if kept in place, is a near-criminal shame, on Trump, on the party and on America. It is wrong to stand idly by while wars and famine and disease ravage the world, if we have the power to help. The United States has that power. ...

     What I cannot understand is why America would ever turn away all refugees from a given country, especially when there are brutal wars going on in all the countries that this ban covers. It is so cliché, but what happened to “Give me your poor, your hungry, etc.”? Especially when the people fleeing are often — but not by any stretch of the imagination always — those who are sympathetic to American values and culture.

     The inhuman disregard for life (both its quality and its quantity), when all the president would need to do would be to let the current system just keep running, is appalling.

     The current system is poor enough; the United States could, and should, allow many more refugees into this country annually. Evil doesn’t need any more assistance to get its job done — the evil in men’s souls is already perverse enough to start the wars in all these countries, and to paraphrase Burke, the only thing Satan needs is for good countries to stand idly by and do nothing in order for him to triumph.

    ... Enough outrage, especially from Trump’s “backers” on this issue — Christians, Republicans, etc. — could be enough to change our president’s mind in the future. For now it is in the hands of the courts. I am thankful for that at least.

— Christian Ryan

     To read the entire editorial, see the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.