June 26, 2018
Franciscans Strongly Opposed to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Muslim Ban
The Franciscan Action Network is strongly opposed to the ruling today at the Supreme Court of the continued ban from six Muslim-majority countries. As Franciscans we're taught to welcome the stranger and care for the oppressed and we disagree with the administration’s continued expression of hate for a great many minorities. Our nation was founded by immigrants on the premise of religious freedom and many of these refugees are escaping war and persecution in their home countries.
“The principle of freedom of religion is a tradition and ideal that formed the foundation of our country,” said FAN executive director, Patrick Carolan. “This ban goes against everything that we stand for as Franciscan Catholic Christians, and against what Jesus and Francis of Assisi taught and lived. It is morally wrong to single out one group of people based on their faith. We are weaker as a country when we let fear and lack of understanding come between us.”
In 2019, Franciscans all over the world will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Malik al-Kamel, the Sultan of Egypt. This meeting is special because it happened during the time of great conflict known as the 5th crusades. St. Francis took great risk in crossing battlelines to carry a message of peace from the Christian faith. The Sultan took great risk in not simply killing Francis, but accepting him in to his court and listening to his message. Francis and the sultan respectfully shared their faith with each other. Both men are a great example of the peaceful discourse and dialogue we need today.
The Franciscan Action Network will continue to advocate on behalf of Muslim and all immigrants in our work. We call on our government leaders to open their hearts to the story of St. Francis and the sultan and work toward equal rights and protection for all people.