The Pope and the Immigration Debate in Europe and the United States

Stanley Kober

Monday, September 07, 2015

The Pope's plea to help refugees has prompted a sharp rebuttal:
 
With immigration playing such a prominent role in the American presidential campaign, the question of American responsibility in helping the refugees--which means, ultimately, providing a haven for many of them--is bound to be a subject of passionate debate, especially since it so closely resembles an incident that occurred in 1939
 
And in Europe, it is also raising the question of what it means to be European:

Will we have a similar debate?  What does it mean to be American?
 
And if we are distinguishing civilizations, should we not also ask a more fundamental question?
 
What does it mean to be civilized?