Should Christian Syrian refugees be given priority over Muslims?

Is Obama Sacrificing Christian Syrian refugees in favor of Muslim refugees fleeing to America?


WASHINGTON, November 19, 2015 – The United States is failing to admit persecuted Christians from Syria into the country. Washington is, however, admitting Syrian Muslims. According to CNS News, thus far only 53 Syrian Christian refugees have been allowed into America while over 2,090 plus Muslims have been allowed in. The disparity is shocking, when one considers that Christians in Syria and Iraq have been primary eradication targets of ISIS.

Christian and Republican leaders are now calling for officials to give preference to Christian Syrians. Is this discriminatory?

President Obama, never a defender of Christianity under attack in the Middle East, is calling foul. CNS News reported that the president who went on a June 2009 apology tour of Muslim nations attested, “that calls from some quarters for the U.S. to admit only Christian refugees from Syria were “shameful.”

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Obama has become a master of the bait and switch when it comes to creating a fictionalized narrative when it fits his policy initiatives. Remember Obamacare pronouncements of “You can keep your doctor if you want to” or when he said over 20 times “I don’t have the legal authority” to use executive action to change immigration laws?

Now, Obama wants to use a presidential guilt trip on Americans by claiming the nation has a long history of not using religion as a determining factor when letting in refugees fleeing oppression. Again, the president must have been using one of his history books from his early years of schooling in Indonesia.

Here is the real deal.

According to Fox News, Ira Mehlman, spokesman for Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) states, “Clearly, there have been policies that said we will consider certain people from certain religions.” He pointed to several examples, where Ethiopian and Russian Jews, Catholics from Vietnam and Armenian Christians were moved to the head of the line in previous years exclusively based upon their faith. As a result others were moved to the back of the line.

So just examine the numbers and see if anyone could logically claim the president has more of an affinity for protecting Muslim refugees than he does for Christians fleeing ISIS religious oppression. The president has never taken a stand in condemning the viciousness of ISIS’ attack on Christians, including the Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded in Libya by ISIS operatives. Christian towns and villages where thousands have been savagely raped, murdered and women enslaved are merely unfortunate criminal actions to him.

Now the president has decided to again lead from behind by attempting to carve out an indefensible moral ground by stating, When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution — that’s shameful,” reported Fox News.

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Obama should look in the mirror and examine his own behavior. Presidential moral authority begins in the Oval Office. It is in that office where he has issued executive orders to disassemble Christian symbolism and Christian practices in schools, in the military and even at Christian universities. Therefore his moral outrage is a façade.

So when the president stated further, “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he is being disingenuous. In reality, it is Obama who is not compassionate. He is letting America and the world know that protecting Christians is not a priority even as they flee ISIS and other Islamic extremists. He will refuse to witness or permit their access to America ahead of Muslims. That is who he is.

The question of whether Christian Syrian refugees should receive priority over Syrian Muslims is easy to answer. In a nation that has as its foundation Judeo Christian principles, values and beliefs, Congress and the nation should stand up and force Obama’s hand, because that, Mr. President is who we are.

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Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.