Sunday July 1, 2018
Values of past eroding all too quickly.
Lately I have been reflecting on the current treatment of refugees by the U.S. government and was reminded of an incident from my youth.
At the end of the Hungarian Revolt of 1956, about 200,000 refugees fled the Soviet Union's repression in their home country. At that time my hometown welcomed many of those refugees, and my parents housed and supported one young man for several months. For a 6-year-old, it was a powerful life lesson about compassion, empathy and justice.
When I think about how this nation is treating refugees from Honduras, El Salvador, Syria and other places, I have to wonder what has happened to American society and its elected leaders. Holding refugees in confinement and splitting families are contrary to our nation's history and character. I consider splitting families to be inhumane. Where has our nation's compassion and empathy gone? What life lesson are we giving to today's 6-year-olds? As a nation, we should all feel ashamed.
Philip E. Bohne
Our nation is losing compassion, empathy