1 title: A Letter To Senator Rubio 2 author: Daniel Moch 3 copyright: 2018, Daniel Moch 4 date: 2018-06-18 06:01:18 UTC-04:00 5 category: politics 6 description: Children should never be separated from their parents 7 8 Senator Rubio, 9 10 As a registered Republican, a citizen of the state of Florida, and an 11 evangelical Christian, I have watched with a mix of anger and horror as 12 our President has subverted the core values this party has stood for and 13 abused high office what appears to be his own selfish gain. Over the 14 past several weeks that mix of emotions has been replaced by heartbreak 15 as his administration has enacted, and then defended, a set of policies 16 that have directly resulted in the separation of children from their 17 parents. As both a seminary graduate and an ordained church elder, it 18 brings additional pain to see that that the Bible, the same Scripture 19 this party has used to defend "family values," has been perverted to 20 defend practices that are the antithesis of that phrase. 21 22 I take the time to write you because I believe you to be a man of 23 character, and one who has been willing to take a stand on issues—even 24 unpopular issues—that you think are important. I can think of no more 25 important cause than protecting "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40), 26 and so I write now to call on you to support any act of Congress that 27 outlaws the routine separation of children from their parents at the 28 border, or anywhere. These people may not be American citizens, and they 29 may even be crossing the border illegally. That is no excuse for the 30 inhumanity with which they have been met. 31 32 I draw your attention in particular to the HELP Separated Children Act 33 and the Keep Families Together Act. It's my estimation that either one 34 of these bills is worthy of your support. I ask you to consider them 35 carefully and ask yourself if they might be worth defending even if it 36 means breaking ranks with our party. To be clear, not only would I 37 accept such a decision on your part, but I would support it. Your early 38 support would show the kind of leadership our party sorely needs: moral 39 leadership. 40 41 Members of our party routinely speak as if America is in crisis. If that 42 is true, I believe we are the ones largely to blame. Senator, you are in 43 a far better position than I to do something about that, and I call on 44 you to start here. Protect the dignity and value of every human life. 45 Protect the value of family wholeness. You can put a stop to this 46 inhumanity. Please do.