Since he took office, President Trump has talked about the “horrible” way that Christians have treated by the refugee program under former President Barack Obama. Now, research shows that Trump has reversed the Obama administration’s discrimination against Christian refugees.
According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, since the day Trump took office until June 30, “9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim.”
From April through June 2017, Iraq was “the only Muslim-majority nation among the top six origin countries” for incoming refugees. The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. from January 21, 2017 through June 30, 2017 was 1779. Comparing the number of refugee admissions from Syria for the entire month of January with the entire month of February 2017, the number dropped by nearly half. By June 2017, the number of refugees admitted from Syria was about 26 percent of the already low number of 673 admitted in February.
Pew Research Center reported that in fiscal year 2016 – Barack Obama’s last full fiscal year as president – “the U.S. admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002.” Overall, the number of Muslims admitted as refugees was higher than the number of Christians who were admitted.
The data shows that of the 12,486 refugees from Syria admitted to the United States during that same fiscal year by the Obama administration, about 99 percent were Muslim and less than 1 percent were Christian. Estimates of the Christians’ proportion of the total population of Syria have ranged from 5 to 10 percent since the onset of the Syrian civil war. Muslims made up 87% of Syria’s total population.
Last March, former Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State had been committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other minorities in the Middle East. Regardless of that information, the Obama administration actually discriminated against Christians by admitting proportionately less of them into the U.S.
In fact, since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, approximately 96% of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States by the Obama administration were Sunni Muslims, which flies in the face of reason, considering that ISIS and al Qaeda jihadists are also Sunni Muslims. The ideology of Wahhabism, which is directly linked to terrorism, is of Sunni Muslim origin.
Obama took every opportunity to lecture Christians on the heinous acts which were committed in the name of Christ throughout history while he followed a deliberate anti-Christian refugee policy. For example, during a National Prayer Breakfast in 2015, Obama said: “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
What he didn’t say was that the Crusades were a response to Muslim invasions that had resulted in the capture of two-thirds of the old Christian world and that Christian churches took a leadership role in the fights against slavery and segregation.
Obama naturally criticized the suggestion that persecuted Christians had been given preference for admission as refugees. He said, “When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted… that’s shameful. That’s not American, it’s not who we are.”
However, it was Obama’s refugee policy which was both “shameful” and “not American,” because it discriminated against Christians and other non-Muslim minority religious groups who needed refugee status protection the most, while Sunni Muslims were given preference, despite their ties to terrorism.
According to a report in Frontpage Mag, “The policy ignored the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which defined the crime of genocide as including ‘acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a religious group.’ (Emphasis added) Obama’s refugee policy also ignored the fact that ‘refugee’ is defined in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as including ‘someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted’ because of that person’s ‘religion.'”
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