Editor’s Note: Selection of refugees has been under the purview of the UN Refugee High Commissioner who happens to be Islamic. So guess how many Christians out of 2151 refugees?
The national debate over whether the US should be admitting more Syrian refugees has been escalating in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Now, more than half of the nation’s governors have declared that they will not be letting Syrian refugees into their respective states.
2151 Syrian refugees have thus far been admitted to the United States– 2098 of them are Muslims, while only 53 are Christians.
Christians have received particularly heavy persecution from ISIS, including mass beheadings of women and even small children.
The main problem is that most of the refugees being considered for U.S. resettlement are referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
According to CNS News, Christians usually avoid U.N. refugee camps because they are often persecuted there, too.
Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of Barnabas Fund, a charity which helps rescue Christians from Syria, said that Christians fleeing ISIS “seldom go to the main refugee camps in neighboring countries because they are marginalized, abused, and at serious risk of violence in these Muslim-majority shelters.”
This September, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. Homeland Security Committee, introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Congress to take an up-or-down vote on Syrian immigration and also prioritize the settlement of “persecuted” religious minorities.
George Carey, the former leader of the world’s Anglicans, has also written an op-ed arguing that the British government’s plan to allow in thousands of more Syrians from refugee camps “inadvertently discriminates against the very Christian communities most victimized by the inhuman butchers of the so-called Islamic State.”
He also decried the level of Muslim immigration to Europe and wrote: “Isn’t it high-time instead for the oil-rich Gulf States to open their doors to the many Muslims who are fleeing conflict? Surely if they are concerned for fellow Muslims who prefer to live in Muslim-majority countries, then they have a moral responsibility to intervene.”
Barack Obama has spoken out against giving preferential admission to the Syrian religious minorities who are most persecuted, such as Christians. On Monday, he stated: “We don’t have religious tests to our compassion. We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”
However, reports indicate that two or maybe three of the gunmen who hit Paris were in fact part of the refugee program.
What do you think of the fact that 2098 of the Syrian refugees admitted to the US have been Muslim, while only 53 have been Christian? And what do you think of Obama’s refusal to give preferential admission to those religious minorities most hit by ISIS persecution such as Christians?