This September 2015 post (never posted) is now being provided in order that we nor forget.
|This is not Obama’s double standard against Christians: it is his octuple standard.
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A Problem Most Recently Reported in Christian Headlines
A group of Iraqi Christians is facing deportation from the U.S. while the Obama Administration looks to welcome 10,000 mostly Muslim Syrian refugees.
Christian Today reports that the small group of Iraqi Christians–27 men, women, and children–entered the U.S. from Mexico in April and May of this year after fleeing persecution in their homeland.
The refugees want to join the community of Iraqi Christians in the San Diego area, but 22 of their applications for religious asylum have been denied while they all wait at the Otay Detention Center in San Diego.
The denial of these Christians’ applications and yet the government’s favorable stance toward Muslim refugees has caused some to wonder at the seeming discrepancy in policy.
“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon, California. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.”
Supporters of the Iraqi Christians say that they would not be a burden on the U.S. government since they have family in San Diego willing to take them in.
Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York stated that the U.S. should accept the refugees because they will suffer persecution back in their homeland and they don’t pose a threat to national security.
Fox News Mentions the Issue of Christians being Deported as Obama Imports Muslims
In an article published by Fox News on 21 November, Obama’s hypocrisy comes to center stage. That hypocrisy comes out best in the quote that I bolded in the last paragraph:
Amid Washington’s raging debate over refugees and religion, more than two dozen Iraqi Christians who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in hopes of joining their friends and families are being deported after their bids for religious asylum were rejected.
A total of 27 Chaldean Christians, driven from their homeland by Al Qaeda and ISIS, entered the country in April and May, hoping to join the thriving Iraqi Christian community in and around San Diego. But the door to America is being slammed on the 17 men and 10 women over what their supporters say are technicalities.
“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.”
Todd Starnes Speaks Out
In an 18 November 2015 Charisma News article by Todd Starnes, the truth seems to have been available even earlier than the first few articles listed. In that article, Mr. Starnes made several salient points (emphasis mine in bold and italics below):
The nation was forced this week to endure yet more pious prattling from President Obama, who spent time berating Americans who are worried about Islamic jihadis bent on blowing us all to kingdom come.
When individuals say that we should have a religious test and that only Christians—proven Christians should be admitted—that’s offensive and contrary to American values, the president said—just one day after he called such behavior un-American.
What’s offense and contrary to American values is refusing to properly investigate those wanting to come to our nation—especially those coming from regions that are hotbeds of Islamic extremism.
But the president says such prudence only further inflames the Islamic jihadis.
“ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West,” he said. “When you starting seeing individuals in positions of responsibility suggesting that Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are—in a war-torn land—that feeds the ISIL narrative.”
It’s counterproductive and it needs to stop, he warned.
Those of us who fear that Islamic radicals might be lurking among the refugees have been called every name in the book: bigots, Islamophobes and un-American.
But the cold, hard reality is that Protestants, Catholics and Jews aren’t the ones beheading people. The Lutherans and Nazarenes aren’t gunning down young folks in concert venues.
Nevertheless, the president remains steadfast. The Muslims will come.
“We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he told journalists from high atop his soapbox.
But that’s not entirely accurate.
Last year, the Obama administration led a fierce legal battle to have a German Christian family thrown out of the United States.
The Romeikes fled their homeland in search of a nation where they could homeschool their children. A judge initially granted them asylum—believing they were escaping from religious persecution.
However, the Obama administration waged a fierce campaign against the Romeike family—demanding they be returned to Germany.
The family lost court battle after court battle—but at the 11th hour, the White House relented and decided begrudgingly to let them stay.
And just a few months ago, a federal immigration judge ordered a dozen Iraqi Christians deported from a facility in San Diego.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson declined to tell The San Diego Union-Tribune why the Iraqi Christians were being sent back to their native land.
So the next time President Obama wants to lecture the nation about religion, maybe he could explain why his administration is importing Muslims and deporting Christians.
World News Daily Reports
In a 30 September World News Daily article, several salient points are made (bolding and italics are mine):
More than half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in coming weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced earlier this week.
An immigration judge ordered the deportation of 15 of the Christians, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack said.
Another five of the Iraqis have been charged with immigration fraud and remain under U.S. Marshal custody at the Otay prison. Seven already have been returned to Europe, where they were living before attempting to enter the United States illegally, said Mack.
Fifteen remain in ICE custody pending their deportation in the following weeks. Five of those are considered “pending cases,” Mack said. Generally, once deportees are given a final removal order by a judge, ICE officials begin making travel arrangements.
If the European nations receiving these Christians decide to send them back to Iraq they will face almost certain death.
The 27 Iraqi Christians — also known as Chaldeans — have been detained in Otay for about six months as their immigration cases proceeded, activists and family members told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Iraq is home to one of the most ancient Christian communities, evangelized by the Apostle Thomas not long after the time of Jesus. It was home to 1.5 million Christians under Saddam Hussein but after the U.S. invaded in 2003, al-Qaida started bombing churches and kidnapping prominent Christian leaders. The attacks became more fierce after al-Qaida in Iraq morphed into ISIS and the country has been virtually emptied of its Christian population since then.
Estimates now range from 200,000 to 300,000 Christians remaining in the country, mostly in Baghdad and in Kurdish-controlled areas to the northeast.
Thousands of Chaldeans have fled Iraq, escaping fierce persecution at the hands of terrorists fighting for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Many of their men who refuse to convert to Islam have been beheaded or otherwise killed while their wives and daughters have been sold into sex slavery. Tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes and live in hiding, afraid to even show up at United Nations’ refugee camps, where they often find themselves the victims of further abuse by Muslims.
Lord George Carey, Britain’s former archbishop of Canterbury, confirmed in published reports last week what WND had previously reported, that persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq are fearful of the refugee camps. Rather than seek refuge there, they are hiding in churches and in the homes of other Christians. The U.S. has large Chaldean Catholic communities in Detroit and San Diego. Chaldean families have held regular demonstrations in support of the 27 detainees, the majority of whom have family who are U.S. citizens, but on Monday they were told by government officials they’d better not comment on the issue.
UK Paper Reports on this Injustice
In the 30 September issue of the Daily Mail, the deportation of Christians was reported. As with the other articles, there are issues (bolded by me):
Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS are being turned away at the American border despite having family sponsors – as thousands of Muslims are granted asylum.
At least 27 of the targeted minority, known as Chaldeans, have been held in detention in San Diego since entering through the Mexican border this spring.
Now, after months of waiting, 22 have denied asylum and sent back across the Atlantic to Europe, as another five await a verdict.
In total, America had accepted just 727 fleeing Christians at the start of 2015 – a fraction of the 4,200 Muslims granted asylum – and few since.
While statistically there are far fewer Christians than Muslims in the region, Lisa Jones, executive director of Christian Freedom International, told Daily Mail Online the minority group appear to face greater obstacles to reach safety.
‘It makes no sense,’ Jones said.
‘These are people from a Christian culture like our own that needs protection from ISIS. It is harder for Christians to move around Iraq and Syria to even get the chance to seek asylum.
‘While many more Muslims are granted asylum over here, Christians are being systematically exterminated.’
Well Before Obama Made Public His Plans to Import More Muslims
Christianity Today reported in a 22 September 2015 article on the plight of over half of the 27 Christians. Although the fact that these Christians were held for over 6 months and not released (unlike the 121 Hispanic illegal immigrant murderers released by the Obama administration because they had been held “too long”), the fact that these Christians are being deported because they passed through friendly countries prior to entering the US must be used as a precedent. Since the Christianity Today pointed out the words of the winning ACLU lawyer, I expect the same (bolded below) to be applied to Muslims:
A federal immigration judge has ordered 15 Iraqi Chaldean Christians deported for immigration fraud.
The Chaldeans have been held for more than six months in detention by Homeland Security. They were arrested earlier this year for using false documents to enter the United States from Mexico, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Five other Iraqi Christians will be tried for immigration fraud. Seven detainees have already been deported.
The Iraqi Christians told US officials that they were fleeing persecution at home. However, most had already been granted safe haven by Germany, Sweden and other European countries before coming to America.
“Asylum is for emergencies only,” Ginger Jacobs, a San Diego attorney, told the Union-Tribune. “There are many, many people fleeing Iraq for bona fide emergency reasons. But if somebody is able to live as a citizen in a country like Germany or the United Kingdom or Australia, then they don’t necessarily deserve an emergency remedy such as asylum.”