The Christian Post invited all the presidential candidates to answer the same set of 10 questions. Here are Marianne Williamson’s answers:
CP: What are your religious beliefs and how do they relate to your decision to run for president?
Williamson: As a Jew, I was raised with the belief that God has given us this instruction: “tikkun olam,” or “repair the world.” An ancient rabbinical teaching that has always guided my actions is this: “You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you permitted to abandon it.” God would not just have us feel love; He would have us demonstrate love, and by doing so bring justice to all beings.
CP: What should be done about the large number of migrants from Central and South America arriving at our southern border seeking asylum?
Williamson: I oppose Trump’s recent slashing of the refugee cap to an all-time low of 18,000 people, cutting the number almost in half of last year’s cap of 30,000. I agree with the president of Church World Service, Reverend McCullough, who said, “With one final blow, the Trump administration has snuffed out Lady Liberty’s torch and ended our nation’s legacy of compassion and welcome.”
Seeking asylum is not a crime but a statutory right.
There is a backlog of almost one million cases in our immigration courts, many of them seeking asylum. We should add more personnel to process asylum requests more quickly.
We should treat the people seeking asylum with respect.
We should stop separating families. The Federal government has a moral responsibility to keep families together. For those who have been torn apart by the current administration, we must take immediate action to reunite children with their families.
And we should address the situations in their homes that cause people to flee, by increasing security and economic opportunity that enable them to stay in their homes in Central and South America.
CP: Under what conditions should current unauthorized immigrants in the United States be allowed to make restitution and apply for legal status or citizenship?
Williamson: I would provide a timely, ethical, transparent and straightforward path to citizenship for all law-abiding, productive immigrants living in the United States.
I fully support DACA. Our dreamers represent the best about our future. I would also work to expand protections and naturalization to all undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, regardless of their current age. They came here through no fault of their own, and many are, in fact, unaware that they are undocumented.
CP: What actions should presidents take to aid and protect those who are persecuted for their faith around the world?
Williamson: I am a strong advocate of human rights for all, including protecting people from persecution due to their faith. I am deeply disturbed about religious persecution such as Christians attacked in India and the Mideast. Presidents should use the bully pulpit of the presidency to speak out about and condemn prosecution of people due to their faith. Respect for human rights should be considered when deciding international agreements such as trade.
CP: What should be done about America’s legacy of slavery and racial discrimination, and recent racial unrest?
Williamson: America’s fundamental race problem is a moral issue.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Napp Nazworth