Our moral responsibility to refugees goes beyond resettlement
The Huffington Post - 12/07/2015
Politicians, concerned citizens, and the media have been hotly debating whether or not we have a moral responsibility to resettle refugees fleeing the Syrian war and if so, how many we ought to resettle. Charity groups, religious leaders and morally conscious celebrities are among the many people who are encouraging the US and other states to resettle more refugees. Equally vocal, however, are those who oppose large, and often even small scale, resettlement measures. Governors across the United States, for example, are trying to block Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.
But what if we are engaged in the wrong debate about our moral obligations–one that distracts from a much harder set of ethical and political questions?