Thursday, December 10, 2015

No Room at the Inn for Christians

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If President Obama ignores the counsel of his own counselors---and it's certain he will, 10,000 Syrian refugees will flow into America in the coming weeks.

Although there is a strong possibility that some---some, not most, will be terrorists disguised as refugees, there is even a greater possibility that none will be Christians.

There is no room at the inn for Christian Syrian refugees--Abraham Miller, Professor emeritus of political science at University of Cincinnati explains why.

In January, Professor Miller reminded America, "At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europe's Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. 'Tell Me Where Can I Go' was a popular Yiddish song of the time."

He said, "Decades later, the Christians of the Middle East face the same problem, and the Obama administration is keeping the door shut."

Following last Christmas, he wrote, "No matter how moved Americans were this past Christmas season by the plight of their fellow Christ Followers in Syria and Iraq, no matter how horrific the visuals of beheadings, enslavement, and mass murder, the Christians fleeing death do not engender the compassion of the president."

He observed, "Obama no more wants the Middle East's Christian refugees than Roosevelt wanted Europe's Jewish refugees."

He notes that President Obama has repeatedly skirted, revised and ignored the law when he wanted to advance his own personal political and moral agenda, but now hides behind a definition of refugees as people persecuted "by their own government."

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Council, explained this week that Christian refugees are being denied access to America, "Because the Department of State is adhering with all the rigidity of a Soviet era bureaucracy to the rule that only people at risk from massacres launched by the regime qualify for refugee status."

"The Christians are being raped, tortured, and murdered by militias, not by the Syrian government. This technicality," he says "condemns them to continue to be victims without hope."

Staver says, "President Obama's Imperial Presidency picks and chooses which laws to which he will adhere, which ones to oppose, and to which ones to stretch. Now, he has decreed that there is no room for Christians in America---only Muslims."

Recently, the Center for Security Policy polled 600 Muslims living in the United States.

  • A majority, 51% agreed, "Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah."
  • Nearly 25% of Muslims polled believed, "It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam, by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammad."
  • Nearly one fifth---20%--- said that the use of violence in the United States is justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in this country."

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Sean Hannity this week that the president is playing "Russian Roulette" by bringing in 10,000 Muslim refugees, because "we don't have the ability to monitor them."

Rep. McCaul has introduced a bill that would "pause" or halt immigration from Muslim countries until we can get our act together in vetting the refugees.

Much like Donald Trump is suggesting.

President Jimmy Carter temporarily froze immigration from Iran and Iraq for the same reasons.

The Christian refugees, if allowed to come to America, would barely have to be vetted. But that doesn't seem to matter to this administration.

Miller writes, "That our Muslim neighbors are as worthy of being good Americans as anyone else is not an issue. That a highly active and prominent minority in the Muslim community seeks to transform America is an issue and one that cannot be overlooked."

That was the professor's concern 11 months ago.

Writing two weeks ago he wrote, "Standing before cameras in Turkey, President Obama found a safe place to indict half of his countrymen for raising the issue of religion in their concern over his plan to open America's gates to tens of thousands of Muslim 'refugees' from Syria. Subjecting refugees to a religious test runs counter to American values, said Mr. Obama."

Most GOP presidential candidates, GOP leaders and a host of other "conservatives" have grabbed the mic to tell America that is not who we are, or, in the case of the president, gave a sermon on moral values.

Miller says, "Mr. Obama's statements in Turkey display profound ignorance mixed with contemptible hubris."

He says, "The Harvard Law School graduate got it wrong, again...the immigration law explicitly requires religious considerations. How could it do otherwise? Religion is a prime reason why people are persecuted and expelled from their homelands."

When you belong to a triumphal religion, the professor explains, hypocrisy is not a concern.

And speaking of hypocrisy.

Obama's State Department does, indeed, consider religion.

The professor explains:

"Syrian Muslims showing up at the border with Mexico are being welcomed, but Chaldean Christians fleeing the horror and brutality of the Islamic State are being incarcerated in a federal detention center outside San Diego, and Yazidis are not even on the administration's radar."
"Chaldean Christians and Yazidis cannot even get into the United Nations refugee camps and, consequently, are not certified as refugees. You cannot be a refugee unless you are certified, and the Muslims, who dominate the camps, do not want Christians in the camps. Still, the Muslims prefer refuge in predominately Christian countries. Moreover, Muslims perpetuate their persecution of Christians in resettlement centers in Europe."
"Neither the Chaldeans or the Yazidis present a security threat. In fact, the local Chaldean community in Southern California is more than willing to sponsor their brethren and affirm that they are not a security threat. Their pleas have all fallen on the administration's deaf ears."

Clearly this matter is about something other than Christian compassion.

This situation, perhaps more than any other, shows the extreme hypocrisy and confusion in our nation and culture.

Particularly in the professed Christian community.

Have we become so tainted by political correctness and deception that we must now open the gates of the country to all, even those who publicly seek to kill us and our families in the name of their god, in order to show our spirituality and our moral superiority over those who express commonsense concerns and wisdom?

It was Jesus Himself who called some religious leaders "blind" and "hypocrites" saying, "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness" (Matt. 23).

This may well be a time when we as Americans, and as Christians will be forced to take an open and honest look at ourselves, our priorities and our values---not only "what" we believe, but "why" we believe it.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.