In the margin of a public speaker’s manuscript was the notation: “Weak point. Shout.”

Such is the rhetoric of those who place emotion over logic and make policy through gangs rather than parliaments. In Athens some 2,400 years ago, Aristophanes described a demagogue as having “a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, cross-grained nature and the language of the marketplace.”

While 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian, only one-half of 1 percent of the Syrian Christians were granted asylum.

That marketplace today includes the biased media and the universities that have become day care centers.

The recent action of our government’s executive branch to protect our borders and enforce national security is based on constitutional obligations (Art. I sec 10 and Art. IV sec 4). It is a practical protection of the tranquility of order explained by Saint Augustine when he saw the tranquillitas ordinis of Roman civilization threatened.

Saint Thomas Aquinas sanctioned border control (S. Th. I-II, Q. 105, Art. 3). No mobs shouted in the marketplace two years ago when the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act restricted visa waivers for Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.

The present ban continues that, and only for a stipulated 90 days, save for Syria. There is no “Muslim ban,” as should be obvious from the fact that the restrictions do not apply to other countries with Muslim majorities, such as Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Turkey.

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These are facts ignored by demagogues who speak of tears running down the face of the Statue of Liberty. At issue is not immigration, but illegal immigration. It is certainly manipulative of reason to justify uncontrolled immigration by citing previous generations of immigrants to our shores, all of whom went through the legal process, mostly in the halls of Ellis Island. And it is close to blasphemy to invoke the Holy Family as antinomian refugees, for they went to Bethlehem in obedience to a civil decree requiring tax registration, and they violated no statutes when they sought protection in Egypt.

Then there was Saint Paul, who worked within the legal system, and invoked his Roman citizenship through privileges granted to his native Tarsus in 66 B.C. (Acts 16:35-38; 22:25-29; 25:11-12). He followed ordered procedure, probably with the status of civis Romanus non optimo jure — a legal citizen, but not allowed to act as a magistrate.

It is obvious the indignant demonstrators against the new executive orders are funded in no little part by wealthy interests who would provoke agitation. These same people have not shown any concern for the neglected Christians seeking refuge from persecution in the Middle East.

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In 2016 there was a 675-percent increase in the number of Syrian refugees over the previous year, but while 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian, only one-half of 1 percent of the Syrian Christians were granted asylum. It is thankworthy that our changed government now wants to redress that. The logic of that policy must not be shouted down by those who screech rather than reason.

Fr. George William Rutler is a Catholic priest and the pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan. This article originally appeared in his parish church bulletin and is used by permission.