FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2010 file photo, Cher poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

Cher tweets anti-refugee sentiments

E tu, Cher?
It has happened. Cher has joined the seemingly endless army of fear mongers in refusing to welcome Syrian refugees due to fears of a terrorist threat.
The Tweet:

Cher refugee tweet

Translation: Visa waiver not safe for America. We are at war with people who want to come to America to kill Americans. Why make it easy? Also if people go to ISIS to [become terrorists?], let them stay with Isis.

Cher’s stance is based solely in fear, never mind the fact that settling in the United States as a refugee is a convoluted and tedious process, or the fact that perhaps we should be worried about domestic terrorism. It’s frustrating to see someone join the dark side, so to speak, when she has a history of anti-racist, pro-gay, pro-choice sentiments. This just goes to show how insidious fear really is, especially when painted in a seemingly logical manner. Daesh is in Syria, so we should keep those coming from Syria out of the country. The reality is much more complex, especially when considering that refugees are fleeing the same terror from which we are trying to protect ourselves.

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