By Luke Grayson
Father’s Day has always been a bittersweet time for me, though it’s gotten better now that I have children.
Father’s Day has always been a reminder that I don’t have a dad.
Father’s Day is supposed to be a day where kids get to celebrate their dads, moms get to celebrate their partners and dads get to celebrate that their children.
Across the country, there are thousands — if not millions — of children being ripped away from their parents because they dared to seek asylum in our country.
These children are being treated as prisoners, animals. They are being taken from their moms and dads, thrown into cages, refused human contact, tortured. These children (and their parents) are being thrown into a modern day Auschwitz. Many of these children could die because of this treatment, those who survive will have a lifetime of trauma and PTSD. These families ran from hell in their homelands, only to be thrown in a hell worse than what they were hoping to escape.
These fathers were without their children this Father’s Day, and these children without their fathers. And this is all because one man decided to hate them because of where they come from.
“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
For a country that likes to say certain things are ungodly and go against the Bible, we sure do a lot of things that go against this Scripture from Matthew. We do a lot of things, led by the government, that are unimaginable. We do a lot of things fueled by hate, instead of love.
Our government claims separation of church and state, then leads the legislation with parts of the Bible they cherry pick out; calling us abominations and unclean, telling us we are going to hell because we love someone, screaming at people to go back to where we came from.
We have to start showing God’s love.
We have to do something to help these families.
We have to do something to stop this hell.
These children deserve life, life that isn’t like this.
No child, no person should ever have to endure what these children are.
Luke Grayson-Skinner is a 20-something, disabled, queer and nonbinary trans person who has been in Spokane since 2012 and is an advocate for the LGBT and transgender communities, foster youth and those experiencing homelessness. Luke is also a slam (performance) poet and visual artist who experiments with acrylic paint, spray paint, graphite and other mediums, who created a spray paint mural at the Spokane County Fair in 2022. Luke doesn’t currently know quite what faith-base they “belong in,” but grew up in an Evangelical church that they left when they moved to Spokane and has attended an open and affirming UCC church off and on for the last 8 years. He will be relocating to Oklahoma next summer to be closer to his family. Luke uses they/them and he/him pronouns.