Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

Public Orthodoxy

by Samuel Tadros

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President Trump’s executive order on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized on policy and moral grounds. But while criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications, which has received wide criticism, should in fact be hardly controversial. Critics of the measure have rejected it on both moral grounds—it discriminates based on one’s faith, as well as on practical ones—the perception of such bias towards Christians by the United States would impact the US negatively and may harm those very same Christian communities in the region, who will be viewed as Western agents. These concerns are of course hardly new. Opposition to such policies has been constantly expressed in the past by the Patriarchs and clergy of these communities who fear that an open door…

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One thought on “Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

  1. Autorul are dreptate in multe privinte. Anul trecut nimeni (in afara de mine) n-a varsat lacrimi deoarece episcopul de Bagdad l-a implorat public pe Obama sa traca crestinii din Iraq ca fiind in risc de exterminare si deci sa primeasca automat viza de USA. Obama a mintit: “SUA n-a discriminat niciodata pe baza de religie” (baptistii din comunism au primit viza de la democratul Carter). Culmea era ca pina si presa de stinga recunostea ca crestinismul din Orient e sters de pa fata Pamintului; numai administratia Obama n-o vedea. A protestat cineva? Trump a avut dreptate: crestinii erau blocati la emigrare. Autorul are dreptate: pina si in campurlie refugiati (inclusiv Germania) crestinii sunt persecutati. Prioritizarea lor de catre Trump trebuie salutata. Autorul are erori insa. Crestinii din Bagdad s-au refugiat si inainte de ISIS, din cauza siitilor. Sunt vecini cu mine. Ba, prima emigratie Caldeeana fost prin anii ’60. ISIS a acentuat in mod incredibil eradicarea crestinilor. In plus, am fost mintiti: musulmanul de rind nu e tolerant. Crestinii au dus-o mai bine sub dictatori decit in urma revolutiilor populare din primavara araba sau in timpul partidului -extrem de popular- la conducere in Turcia. Adica? Islamul este funciar intolerant. ONU si progresistii din Vest “inteleg” cultura exterminatoare a acestor oameni; ei nu discrimineaza intre criminal si victima. Democratizare inseamna la islamici elimiarea altor religii, etnii. Crestinii ar trebui sa salute gestul reparator al lui Trump fata de crestinii din lagarele de refugiati.

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