John Tyson is a Mennonite pastor. He lives in Waukee. -promoted by Laura Belin
I am the pastor of a church in Des Moines that played a major role in Governor Robert Ray’s resettlement of Tai Dam refugees in Iowa in the 1970s. Although some Iowans voiced familiar concerns that new arrivals would take away jobs, Ray persisted regardless of political risk.
To justify his humanitarian welcome of refugee families, he put a stake in moral ground: “I didn’t think we could just sit here idly and say, ‘Let those people die’. We wouldn’t want the rest of the world to say that about us if we were in the same situation…Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”
This is moral language in defense of policy – and from the vantage point of 2021, it is jarring to see it coming from a Republican.Continue Reading...