If the Paris attacks sparked U.S. officials to reexamine their refugee policy, you wouldn’t know it. According to CNSNews’s numbers, the Obama administration is still letting in hundreds of Syrian refugees — just not the ones who identify as Christians. Since the November 13 terrorist tragedy in France, the U.S. has opened its doors to 236 Sunni Muslims and one (one!) Christian.
Despite making up roughly 10 percent of the Syrian population, Christians are still being blocked from the U.S. in disproportionate numbers. Of course, even more interesting is that Sunni Muslims are one of the few religious groups ISIS tolerates — increasing the odds that a radical could slip in among them. Although not all are bad characters, the San Bernardino shooters were Sunni Muslims. And while we don’t advocate closing the doors to refugees, we do believe in properly vetting the men and women resettling among us — as Republican leaders proposed.
Christians, on the other hand, pose zero risk to American security but always seem to get the short of end of the stick in an administration whose policies are never beneficial to the faith our country was founded on. Of course, the president is never eager to put a spotlight on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East because he doesn’t want to be portrayed as siding with Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. Draw from that what conclusions you may.
In the meantime, there are plenty of ways we can help the hurting without exposing ourselves to another terror attack. The U.S. can offer humanitarian support to those in refugee camps abroad. We can work with the international community to expand the safe zones so those who want to stay in their countries and begin rebuilding their lives can do so. And most importantly, we can provide military support to help defeat ISIS, so that people don’t have to seek asylum in the first place.
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