Radio commentator Glenn Beck is vowing to smuggle persecuted Christian Syrians into the United States – even if it lands him in jail.
In an emotional interview with The Daily Caller's
Ginni Thomas, Beck insisted,
"You don't need permission to do the right thing, I will gladly grace a jail for saving people's lives.
"When we can see a boy laying face down in the sand, and we don't accept them into our country, we don't have a light that we are holding by that door anymore," he said, wiping tears from his eyes. Beck's reference is to the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty.
"Stop asking for permission! Stop thinking we need permission," he urged. "[I] asked if my audience could raise $10 million before Christmas to bring the Christians in from Syria. We will vet them ourselves. I have former CIA people that are going over, and they're vetting everybody right now. We can save more people by Christmas than Oskar Schindler saved, OK?"
Beck says his "Nazarene Fund" has a goal of raising $10 million by Christmas to take in Syrians fleeing the death and violence of Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
"The State Department won't let them in? Really?" he asked. "Because I know some bridges over a river in Texas [where] that doesn't seem to matter."
"I refuse to be the church that stood and said, 'Sing louder when the trains with Jews go by'," he added, referring to the Jewish holocaust by the Nazis.
President Barack Obama says the United States will admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees
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