While Mayor Mike Levsen shows good sense on refugees and immigration, he also draws out the ugly side of Aberdeen culture. Here’s a yahoo letter in today’s Aberdeen American News:
Just reading in today’s paper about this Tim Jurgens fellow and our mayor really concerns me (“Aberdeen could become home for displaced people,” April 20).
Don’t you suppose the citizens of Aberdeen ought to be concerned about resettling Syrians here? Darn right, after seeing what has happened with them trying to change local customs and traditions in all of Europe. Just look at their demands. Who is going to apologize to these concerned local citizens when they start making demands we don’t want to meet, i.e. no more pork served in our schools, no more displaying the cross and on and on? Who pays Jurgens and how much for doing this?
Our mayor now calls anyone against these relocation efforts a racist or we’re ignorant. You got your head in the sand if you don’t think a lot of folks in this community aren’t getting quite mad about what you and Jurgens are trying to do. Stop it [Dale Dauman, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2016.04.22].
- “This Tim Jurgens fellow” cited in Wednesday’s AAN article on the possibility of making Aberdeen a primary refugee resettlement site is the state refugee coordinator for Lutheran Social Services. He is paid by good Christians to carry out the Christian ethos of loving one’s neighbors and carry out other key planks of God’s platform.
- Are Syrian refugees really forcing Europeans not to eat pork at school and not display crosses? Don’t worry, Dale: no one’s going to take away our McRib sandwiches.
- Mayor Levsen is right: I haven’t encountered opposition to resettling refugees in the U.S. that is not rooted in either racism or ignorance.