Any intellectually honest people who care about immigration should be far more upset with President Obama’s immigration policies than President Trump’s
Syrian Christians constitute 10% of the Arabs in Syria, yet during the Obama administration, they constituted from .5% to 1% of the refugees permitted to escape into America from Syria. It is patently obvious that Christians face far greater persecution in Syria and other Arab countries than Muslims, so the statistic described above demonstrates clear discrimination against Christians by the Obama administration, based 100% on religion and 0% on counter-terrorism. If anything, Christians are less likely than Muslims to be members of ISIS or Muslim fundamentalists or terrorists.
Note the contrast with the policies of the Trump administration, where the ban on immigrants from certain ISIS-infested countries makes no mention of religion and does not take religion into account. It is clearly based on an attempt to prevent potential or actual terrorists from infiltrating our country. The hypocrites of the left also conveniently fail to note that the 7 Arab countries singled out for the ban are precisely the identical Arab countries singled out for extra careful security measures by the Obama administration, so on top of everything else, the leftists and others who focus on the 7 Arab countries singled out by Trump are hypocritical in their outrage.
The Unites States State Department even under Obama found that Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or the surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus. Yet what did Obama do about it? How many Democratic politicians and Hollywood actors and actresses complained about this?
An estimated 322 Christians are killed because of their faith each month. What is the estimate of Democratic politicians and Hollywood actors and actresses complaining about this?
A Pew Research Center Poll found that more than 75% of the world’s population centers are areas with severe religious restrictions, many of them Christian. What percentage of Democratic politicians and Hollywood actors and actresses are complaining about this?
The fact that Christians are singled out more than Muslims is obvious. The question is why more Christians, let alone more people of all religions as well as atheists haven’t spoken up about the discrimination.
An estimated 2/3 of Christian Arabs left the “Palestinian” areas between 1949 and 1967, when these areas were exclusively under the control of Arab Muslims, but their numbers have grown subsequent to that time when these areas became partly under Israeli control.
The contrast is even greater in Israel proper. There were an estimated 34,000 Christians in the area now encompassed by Israel in 1949; now there are an estimated 150,000, constituting approximately 9% of the Israeli Arab population, and 2% of the total Israeli population.
Under Jordanian rule, Christians were forbidden to purchase land and houses, and many were persecuted, tortured, and murdered because of their religion.
The Palestinian Authority notoriously denies Jewish historical ties to Jerusalem, but they not as notoriously, but equally despicably, deny Christian ties to Jerusalem as well.
Bethlehem and Nazareth used to be populated by Christians in the majority. After Jordanian control and now Palestinian Authority control, they are in the minority.
Three quarters of the Christians who used to live in Bethlehem now live abroad. Many of Jerusalem’s Christians now live in Australia. Chile alone has become the home to 30,000 Christians who used to live in Israel and Jordan.
In 2002, a la Hamas in Gaza, Muslims took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and fired at Israeli soldiers from it, knowing that Israel tries to avoid firing at religious holy places and civilians.
In the recent fighting, 100,000 Christians fled from Mosul , and for the first time in almost 2,000 years, virtually none are left. How many of the anti-Trump protestors are protesting? How many did Obama let into America?
In Nigeria, thousands of Christians were denied schooling, clean water, heath care, and ultimately their very lives.
Saudi Arabia tortures and murders Muslims who convert to Christianity as a matter of course, and is not exactly a haven to Christians unfortunate enough to have been born there.
The atrocities against Christians may be worst in Syria, but they continue in one way or another in many parts of the world. Yet, coming back to our opening paragraph, the Obama Administration only permitted ½ to 1% of the Syrian refugees who were Christian to enter the United States, vs. 99 to 99.5% Muslims, which is a far more direct and outrageous implementation of discrimination based on religion than anything proposed or implemented by the Trump Administration.
Where was the outrage against the Obama Administration? Where is the outrage against the people protesting against Trump?
Mr. Rich is a self-described liberal with common sense and an open mind.Commenting Policy
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