The following is an “Advocacy Action Alert” from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. -
“A message of thanks to Uruguay for opening its doors to Guantanamo detainees
On Sunday, December 7, six detainees who had been held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay were resettled as refugees in Uruguay. These Syrian, Tunisian, and Palestinian men were detained but never charged. Their release has taken multiple years, but due to the kindness of the Uruguayan government, they are finally in a safe place.
In taking seriously the moral imperative to welcome the stranger -- something that the United States has been unwilling to do with Guantanamo detainees who pose no threat to national security nor to the communities to which they would be resettled -- the Uruguayan government has displayed leadership and is a positive example to the U.S. and the rest of the international community.
Uruguay’s actions are to be commended. Lutherans, whose collective commitment to welcoming the stranger is evident in both our teaching and practice, are especially grateful to the Uruguayan government for opening its doors to these individuals.
We continue to pray for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the resettlement of detainees who have the right for release. We also give praise to all countries that decide to show courage and leadership as Uruguay has done.” (see here)
Somehow I doubt these ELCA leaders would act on their (warped) commitment “to welcome the stranger” by giving these suspected terrorists shelter in their own homes.