Fox’s Shep Smith gets it right in regards to how America should treat Syrian refugees

Right wingers are busily stoking fear and hate against all Muslims in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks on Paris, France, at the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists. Fox News is, as expected, leading these efforts.

However, one Fox host has broken ranks as he does so routinely. Rather than play along with the narrative, Shepard Smith offered a message of sanity, peace, and compassion.

He said:

Our coverage of the attack on Paris, the investigation and hunt for suspects will continue. Our collective heart, of course, is with the victims and the people of France, and it seems to me, we the people have a responsibility now to protect that which we hold dear.

In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach? Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the creator, or will we welcome huddled masses, yearning to breathe free? Will we take extreme measures to fundamentally alter who and what we are?

Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality, is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere.

Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream. Today we mourn but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are. Guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of MediaMatters:

Shep Smith blasts extremists refusing refugeessWhen it comes to Syrian refugees and America, Shep Smith gets it exactly right.

Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, November 16, 2015

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