Monday, November 16, 2015

the editorial | an open letter to governor beshear

Dear Gov. Beshear,

As far as I am aware, you have currently held your tongue on the issue of accepting or refusing Syrian refugees in light of this past Friday's attack on Paris.

Gov. Beshear, from the bottom of my heart, I implore you to continue to accept these refugees.

Giving into fear, prejudice, and hatred is exactly what those who commit these senseless acts of violence want us to do. Fear is a natural response, but only by responding with courage and kindness can we overcome those who would terrorize us.

The senseless acts of violence that we've seen in Paris are just like what these refugees are fleeing to begin with. Are we comfortable condemning an entire population of mostly innocent people—many of whom have lost loved ones and simply want to live their lives in peace—for the actions of a radicalized few? Isn't it more courageous—more, dare I say, American—to choose instead the path of courage and kindness?

I, for one, am not comfortable refusing aid to those who sorely need it. I cannot let fear overshadow hope; I cannot let cowardice triumph over courage.

You have the opportunity now to stand up and let the world know what Kentuckians are made of. I pray that you use it wisely.


Ellen Findley

Edit: I have included here an article from BBC News that includes a video about a refugee family in our state. Enjoy.