I saw this meme with a picture of Jeff Foxworthy saying, “If you think it’s a good idea to bring in refugees who hate your country, your religion, and your culture…you might be a moron!” This meme made me feel the need to address this mindset and discuss Syrian refugees again. First, there is absolutely zero evidence that Jeff Foxworthy ever made this statement, and I doubt he did esspecially since he didn’t say what has been attributed to him about Muslims. Now, as a lover of history, let’s allow some facts to help shape our opinions.
First, there are many Muslims in Syria. That is true, but are you aware that Syria is one of the most ancient seats of Christianity. Much of the foundation of Christianity was laid in what is modern day Syria and the surounding area. They have loved Christ for a millennia and a half before America was discovered.
The Syriac Orthodox Church has been active from the earliest stages of Christianity. There is evidence that several books of the bible were written in and around modern day Syria such as Matthew and Luke. The Apostle Paul gave his life to Jesus in Syria. Also, there are other early significant Christian writings from the Syrian area such as the Didache, Gospel of Thomas, and the Diatessaron. In fact, the Diatessaron is quite possibly the earliest translation of the Gospels (that were written in Greek) into the common language of the people, Syriac, in the 2nd century. To put that into some context, the Western Church strangled William Tyndale to death and then burned his body for translating the bible into English, the language of his people, in the 16th century because they did not want commoners to be reading the bible.