During a trip to the Kara Tepe Syrian refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, actress Susan Sarandon tried the tired talking point that Syrian refugees are like the Virgin Mary and Joseph sojourning from Nazareth. Sarandon was describing her encounter with a 16-year-old refugee girl who had recently given birth.
“I smile and approach her, but without a translator our conversation is basic and friendly,” Sarandon wrote in an op-ed for the Huffington Post. “She takes the bundle next to her and opens it up to me. Inside is a perfect, rosy newborn.”
Sarandon then wondered:
How did this young girl, just having given birth, manage that trip at sea? How did she do all that walking? Where did she give birth? Wasn’t Mary just a kid too when she and Joseph took to the road… So far, there is no manger for this Syrian baby — no room at the inn.
Interesting thoughts coming from one of the most avowedly pro-abortion advocates in Hollywood.
Sarandon came to Lesbos to assist in welcoming Syrian refugees to the island and to do some research on the Syrian crisis itself, insisting:
I have come… to listen and learn the stories of refugees who are fleeing from war and persecution. I also came to honor my grandparents who were immigrants.
She also told the Greek news agency, ANA-MPA:
The international community must see what is happening in this corner of the world…"It must realize the size of the problem and understand it. These people should stop being 'somebody else' and must become the refugees that we must stand by.
Teaming up with RYOT, a “virtual reality news company,” and the Huffington Post, Sarandon will be hosting a reporting series titled The Crossing which chronicles her journey and the Syrian refugee crisis as it occurs.