This is such a disturbing story, it’s hard to even know where to begin.
Let’s start with the facts we all know.
- The BBC tells us that about 10% of all Syrians are Christian.
- President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and pretty much anyone paying attention to the chaos in the Middle East tell us that the most persecuted group in the world today are Christians living in the Muslim world (particularly in ISIS dominated Syria).
- The media has long been complaining about Donald Trump’s idea that perhaps we should put a temporary halt on importing Muslim refugees until we can properly vet them.
Now let’s analyze one fact that is apparently not common knowledge.
- Of the almost 11,000 Syrians that the Obama administration has brought into the country this year… less than ½ of 1% have been Christian.
How is this possible? If Christians are the group being most persecuted by the forces of violence in Syria, shouldn’t they be the ones pressing the hardest to leave the war-torn nation? If, as the Obama administration has finally admitted, ISIS is enacting a pogrom of genocide against Christians, shouldn’t they be the people that the administration is most interested in saving from the terror? Instead, it seems that Elliot Abrams is right: the Obama administration has enacted a ban on receiving Christian refugees, and the media has remained silent.
Sure, in that we do not and could not legally ban Christian refugees any more than we could or should bar Muslim refugees. But when you have been running a refugee program for years, and you have accepted 10,612 Sunni refugees and 56 Christians, and it is obvious why and obvious how to fix it, and nothing is done to fix it, well, the results speak more loudly than speeches, laws, intentions, or excuses. In effect we make it almost impossible for Christian refugees to get here.
So I’ll stick with that title. And I agree with Nina Shea: “This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice.”
The Reverend Franklin Graham decried the injustice of the Obama administration’s policy in a recent post to his social media.
Did you know that 10,801 Syrian refugees were admitted to the U.S. in the last year? And reports state that only 56 of them are Christians—yes, 56! “It’s disappointingly disproportional,” attorney Matthew Clark told reporters. He said, “The Obama administration has not prioritized Christians and it appears they have actually deprioritized them, put them back of the line and made them an afterthought.” Tragically, it’s estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million Christians have fled Syria, while many have been targeted and slaughtered by the Islamic State. Join me in praying for the Christians who are trying against all odds to survive in the region of the world where Christianity was born.
We must call on the Obama administration (and the media) to handle the humanitarian disaster in the Muslim world fairly. If they are scandalized by the idea of a temporary ban on Muslim refugees, then they should be even more aggrieved by the reality that Christian refugees have actually been banned by our government.