Through some procedural sleight-of-hand, our city council voted last week to kill the inclusive ordinance. This pesky ordinance: “We don’t need it,” said one council member. “There’s no reason for us to get excited about it.”
Tell that to the terrified people who, every week in the dead of night, cross over the border into Canada. Or the families — some right here in our own communities — that live in fear that one day someone will come to their home, or a place of work, or, God forbid, a church, and take away their mother, father, aunt or uncle.
Many years ago, fear created a law that forced thousands of innocent Japanese citizens out of their homes and into relocation camps. I believe that same fear is now pushing people and communities into committing acts that, 50 years from now, some future president is going to have to publicly apologize for.
Although there is a great deal of political hue and cry about this, in the end, it is not a political issue. It is a human issue, and a moral one.