What’s the one thing all Syrian refugees have in common? You practically won’t find a single Christian among them – despite the fact that over 10 percent of Syria’s population is Christian… and they’re the ones ISIS wants to kill most.As CNS News reports: The Obama administration has admitted 499 Syrian refugees so far this month, with no Christians among them.
Of the 499 admitted in May, 495 are Sunni Muslims and the remaining four are described simply as “Moslem” in State Department Refugee Processing Center data.Since FY2016 began on October 1, a total of 2,235 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States. Of them, 10 (0.44 percent) are Christians: three Catholics, two Orthodox, one Greek Orthodox and four refugees identified simply as “Christian.”
Here’s the breakdown:
“Without doubt, Syrians of all confessions are being victimized by this savage war and are facing unimaginable suffering,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said on the Senate floor last March as he introduced legislation that would set aside 10,000 refugee resettlement places annually, for five years, for Syrian religious minorities.
“But only Christians and other religious minorities are the deliberate targets of systematic persecution and genocide,” he said. “It’s well-established that many religious minorities in Syria are very reluctant to register as refugees with the United Nations because they fear facing even more persecution.”
Is there really no room in America for Christian refugees? Of course not – but you can blame government bureaucracy for this situation. The State Department defines a refugee as someone persecuted by their own government (in this case, the Assad regime), so Christians persecuted by ISIS aren’t their priority.Apparently to our leaders in Washington, it matters more who wants you killed, not that someone wants you killed.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]