To The Editor:

It feels surreal, as our country approaches the 242nd anniversary of its freedom, to be celebrating the fact that our government is no longer pulling crying toddlers and infants away from their parents along the Southern border.

All because a federal judge ordered the children be returned to their parents. And the government seems unable to return all the children to their parents, even breaking federal deadlines.

Equally strange has been the sluggish response of some evangelical leaders, whose notion of biblical mercy is one that shines less brightly on immigrants. The Rev. Franklin Graham, for example, only last week acknowledged that the U.S. policy of separating migrant families was “disgraceful.” And I might add it might be kidnapping.

The Rev. Graham’s word should have thundered two months ago from his pulpit. And other words, too: heartbreaking, inhumane, cold-blooded, shameful, un-Christian, un-American, immoral, indefensible.

All the same things we’ve heard from people of all faiths who don’t claim to be on God’s personal speed-dial, yet who have no difficulty recognizing cruelty when they see it.