So, some US states (like my former home, Michigan) are now planning on banning Syrian refugees because of the bombing in Paris. This is just ridiculous.

I saw a meme floating about somewhere that said something along the lines of "A Muslim, a Jew a Christian and an Atheist walk into a coffee shop... and they talk, laugh, drink and become friends." The punchline being that this is what happens when people just aren't assholes to each other.

My opinion on this entire situation is closer to that of the Dalai Lama's who told people to stop praying for Paris. “We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments... Furthermore, the problems that we are facing today are the result of superficial differences over religious faiths and nationalities.We are one people.”

Recoiling in fear and closing innocent people off from compassion is not going to solve any issues, make the world a better place, or make us better human beings.