One point of division & one point of agreement on the Syrian withdrawal

The point of division

I’m with Trump on most policies, just not on the abandonment of Syrian Kurds, Christians, and Yazidis

As evidenced by my previous posts, I support the safety and livelihood of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. As evidenced by my posts, I have agreed with most of Trump’s actions in Syria. Recently, one strong point of agreement centers on the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018 that promises to fund relief of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.

Problem is that this law does not provide protection for the ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. Additionally, since it provides no protection, we know from prior experience what will happen when the current protection moves out. During Obama’s tenure, his abandonment of Iraq resulted in the birth of ISIS. Therefore, I (like the IDF reservist quoted below) oppose this policy of pulling out of Syria.

IDF reserve officer warns of Iran inroads

Former IDF officer: Withdrawal from Syria means Iran wins

As outlined in a 20 December 2018 OneNewsNow article, Israeli Defense Force Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi suggests that America’s withdrawal from Syria will result in a win for Iran.

Wednesday’s announcement for the U.S. to withdraw all its military forces from Syria marks an abrupt end to America’s strategy in the region – and sparks major concern from Israel, one of America’s greatest allies.

OneNewsNow spoke with Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi about the announcement. Zehavi, a former intelligence officer with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) within the IDF Northern Command, contends the move to extract a few thousand forces from Syria “will give Iran the ability to gain a massive stronghold in the region.”

As founder of the ALMA Research and Development Center in Israel, she attests that “a ground corridor to transfer weapons and soldiers from Tehran to Damascus and Beirut” will finally be established.

Zehavi says the efforts of Iran “to build a ground corridor – consisting of highways, roads and railways – began upon the regime change” in Iraq in 2003. However, the Syrian civil war put Iran’s efforts on hold.

Although ISIS was vastly incapacitated in Iraq and the greater majority of its territories were captured in Syria, Zehavi explains “[these] circumstances actually allowed Iranians to develop a ground corridor from Tehran to Damascus, through Iraq.” It is through this corridor, she says, that the Iranians will be “enabled to transfer weapons beyond Damascus” and all the way “to Israel’s northern border – into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon.” The former IDF officer identifies three potential routes that would provide a “continuous road-link” connecting Iran with Syria and Lebanon.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Not only will Iran flow their tools of power into the void created by an American exit, other bad actors like the Turks, Russians, and Chinese will take advantage of the situation.

To this date, I have supported all of Trump’s stances toward the state of Israel. However, this retreat from Syria will likely create a power void that will be very detrimental to Israel.

Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

As proof that bad actors welcome our exit from Syria, a 20 December 2018 Associated Press article discusses how Putin has applauded the potential exit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the U.S. decision to pull its troops out of Syria, saying Thursday that “Donald is right.”

Speaking at Thursday’s annual marathon news conference, Putin said he agrees with U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamic State group has been defeated, making the U.S. presence in Syria unnecessary. He also argued that the U.S. troops shouldn’t have been there to start with.

“I agree with the U.S. president, we have made significant progress in fighting terrorism on that territory and dealt serious blows to IS in Syria,” the Russian leader said.

He noted that there is still a danger that IS militants could flee from Syria to their home countries and other regions.

“It’s a big threat to all of us, including Russia, the United States, Europe and Asian countries,” Putin said. “Donald is right about that, I agree with him.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Considering that Russia has invaded Ukraine, taken Crimea, buzzed our Naval ships, and supplied the nuclear effort of Iran — we cannot consider this anything but a warning.

Syrian Kurds protest news of Turkish planned attacks

The Latest: Syrians protest Turkish threats of offensive

In addition to the bad actors like the Russians, threats from the Turks against the Kurds surface in a 20 December 2018 Associated Press article.

Thousands of Syrians have gathered outside the headquarters for the U.S.-led coalition in northern Syria to protest Turkish threats of an imminent offensive.

The protesters congregating in Jalabiya southeast of Kobani city are demanding a clear stance from the coalition on threats by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to strike at U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

Turkey views the main Kurdish militia in Syria as a terrorist group and an extension of the insurgency within its borders. U.S. support for the group has strained ties between the two NATO allies.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

As mentioned previously, there are numerous bad actors in the area that would attack our current allies as soon as we leave the area.

Stand with Trump

Democrats, don’t hyperventilate. I’m not abandoning Trump

Democrats cannot count on my changing over to their socialist ranks. However, RINOs (like John Cornyn, Republican Senator from Texas) might consider bringing their voting record back in line with the campaign promises of most Republicans. For example, most Republicans (even the reprobate John McCain) campaigned on repealing Obamacare. Additionally, most Republicans campaigned on some form of border security.

Republicans, I stand with Trump. If you want my vote, your voting history had better align with my desires as expressed by Trump’s campaign promises.

Nonetheless, if I could bend Trump’s ear, I would bend it to protect the lives of the religious minorities of Syria and Iraq. These groups will come under great persecution as soon as the Russians, Turks, and Syrian government can start.

A point of agreement

We need to be out of Afghanistan

Trump pulling out of Syria. Might Afghanistan be next?

The Associated Press asked in a 20 December 2018 article whether Trump would pull out of Afghanistan next, now that he has decided to pull out of Syria.

Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind?

Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost cause, but more recently he’s suggested a willingness to stay in search of peace with the Taliban. However, the abruptness with which he turned the page on Syria raises questions about whether combat partners like Iraq and Afghanistan should feel confident that he will not pull the plug on them, too.

“If he’s willing to walk away from Syria, I think we should be concerned about whether Afghanistan is next,” Jennifer Cafarella, the director of intelligence planning at the Institute for the Study of War, said in an interview Wednesday.

(Read more, if you can stand the anti-Trump moralizing, at the Associated Press)

Although the article primarily consists of editorial comment and moralizing, it does raise a good question. In opposition to the ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan seems to be little but a monoculture of Muslims. As opposed to the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria that have seen few attacks from Muslim trainees, the 7,000 troops in Afghanistan (where our soldiers have been for 17 years) have seen numerous Muslim attacks.

So why should we continue to send young Americans to Afghanistan to die at the hands supposed allies? There must be some method of cleaning out garbage pails that does not involve splashing the rotten remnants in our faces.

Do we want to be there forever?

Donald Trump Dismisses Critics of Syria Withdrawal: ‘Do We Want to Be There Forever?’

According to one 20 December 2018 Breitbart article, President Trump dismissed critics of the Syria withdrawal by asking “Do we want to be there forever?”

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria on Thursday.

“Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing?” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Do we want to be there forever?”

Foreign policy hawks such as Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Lindsey Graham adamantly criticized the president on Wednesday for ordering the withdrawal of forces in Syria.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Here, I am I complete agreement with President Trump. While the job of a soldier is dangerous, we should not have to endure attacks from our “allies.”

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Christians persecuted for being Christians

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Separatists kidnap 79 Presbyterian pupils in Cameroon

Separatists kidnap 79 Presbyterian pupils in Cameroon

As reported in a 5 November 2018 Associated Press article, English-speaking separatists kidnapped 79 students and three staff members of a Presbyterian school.

Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.

North West Region Gov. Deben Tchoffo said the students abducted Sunday night were ages 11-17, and they were taken from Nkwen, a village near the regional capital, Bamenda, along with school staff that included the principal.

“It is rather unfortunate that this is happening, that 79 of our children and three of their staff can be picked up by terrorists,” Tchoffo said. “We have asked our military to do everything and bring back the kids alive.”

A video purporting to show the kidnapped students was posted on social media from a group of men who call themselves “Amba boys,” a reference to the state of Ambazonia that armed separatists want to establish in Cameroon’s Anglophone North West and South West regions.

In the video, men who identified themselves as the kidnappers forced several boys to give their names and those of their parents. The boys also said they were taken by the armed men late Sunday and didn’t know where they were being held.

The men in the video said they would only release the students once the goal of creating a new state is achieved.

“We shall only release you after the struggle. You will be going to school now here,” the men said. The video could not be independently verified, but parents said on social media they recognized their children in the recording.

Fighting between the military and separatists increased after the government clamped down on peaceful demonstrations by English-speaking teachers and lawyers protesting what they said were their marginalization by Cameroon’s French-speaking majority.

Hundreds have been killed in the past year.

(Read more at Associated Press)

Admittedly, these Christians were kidnapped because they were undefended pawns in a larger struggle. Nonetheless, we need to pray for their safety.

Asia Bibi “freed” by Pakistani Supreme Court; however,

Pakistan blasphemy case: Husband appeals to President Trump and UK Prime Minister

Although Asia Bibi (A Pakistani Christian who was sentenced to death for insulting Mohammad because she drank from a “Muslim only” cup) has been freed by the country’s Supreme Court, her life is in danger by radical Islamists. Due to this, her husband has appealed to President Trump and UK Prime Minister May (as detailed in the following 4 November 2018 Associated Press article.

The husband of a Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, but not released after countrywide protests, appealed on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May to help the family leave Pakistan.

Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, in a brief video message said they were in danger in Pakistan.

“Please help us, we are in trouble in Pakistan,” Masih appealed to Trump and May. Masih had previously told The Associated Press by phone that he and his wife feared for their lives. “We are now living under an increased sense of fear.”

Bibi’ lawyer Saiful Malook has already fled the country for safety.

Bibi was arrested in 2009 after she was accused of blasphemy following a quarrel with two fellow female farm workers who refused to drink from a water container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of insulting Islam’s prophet, leading to her 2010 conviction. Bibi’s family has always maintained her innocence and says she never insulted the prophet.

Insulting Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor of doing so can incite lynchings.

Pakistan’s top court acquitted Bibi on Wednesday of the charges carrying the death penalty, infuriating hard-line Islamists who held three days of nationwide protests demanding her execution. The enraged protesters torched scores of vehicles, blocked highways and attacked government and public property; a radical cleric also threatened to kill the three judges who acquitted Bibi. The protests ended after the government agreed to impose a travel ban on Bibi and allow her case to be reviewed. A review petition was filed in the Supreme Court.

Earlier in the day, police said over 150 people were arrested on charges of arson, vandalism and violence during the protests.

Senior police officer Nayab Haider said that police were using video clips to identify those involved in assaults, torching property and vehicles, and blocking highways.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

For considering the freedom of religion that all people should be afforded, I thank the Pakistan Supreme Court. For defending the rights of someone of another belief, I thank the lawyer who now has to flee Pakistan and hide for his life.

For Asia Bibi’s freedom, both physical and spiritual, I thank God.

Protests delay the release of Christian woman

Protests in Pakistan delay release of Christian woman

You would think that being cleared of charges would be a reason for gaining your freedom. That does not apply to Pakistan. As told by a 2 November 2018 OneNewsNow article, vocal Islamists and the mobs that follow them are preventing Asia Bibi from gaining her freedom.

The release of a Christian woman in Pakistan, acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, was apparently delayed Friday after talks failed between the government and radical Islamists who want her publicly hanged.

Islamists held rallies Friday across Pakistan against freedom for Asia Bibi and to denounce Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned her 2010 conviction of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Her family has always maintained her innocence and says she never insulted Islam’s prophet.

Since the landmark ruling, radical Islamists have blocked highways and damaged or set fire to dozens of vehicles to pressure the government to stop Bibi’s release from an undisclosed detention facility.

On Friday, over 2,000 demonstrators blocked a key road linking the capital, Islamabad, with the garrison city of Rawalpindi, causing traffic jams. Hundreds also blocked another key motorway, connecting Islamabad with other major cities. No violence was reported during the rallies.

On Thursday, a lawyer representing a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against Bibi petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse its acquittal.

Pakistan shut down schools and colleges after radical cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, announced that “talks” between his deputies and the government about Bibi’s fate had failed.

Before dawn Friday, Rizvi told an emotionally-charged rally in the eastern city of Lahore that one of the government negotiators threatened his deputies during the talks that security forces will ruthlessly kill them if they did not disperse peacefully. He asked his supporters to continue sit-ins as authorities summoned paramilitary troops to restore order.

“We are ready to die to show our love for the prophet,” he said.

Rizvi’s envoys had demanded that Bibi be barred from leaving the country but Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry rejected the demand, saying the government will not accept any dictates.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Although I am not an expert on the effects of prolonged anger on the human anatomy, certainly the sustained rage that seems to be centered by the Islamist leaders within Pakistan on the case of Asia cannot be healthy for the people. I pray for them.

Asia Bibi flown from Pakistan

Pakistan: Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, flown out of the country

Thank God that our sister in Christ has been flown from Pakistan according to a 8 November 2018 post at Jihad Watch.

The Muslim mobs who have been baying for her blood will be newly enraged, and may try to vent their wrath against the Pakistani government.

“Asia Bibi case: Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy flown out of country,” by Tom Powell, Evening Standard, November 7, 2018:

A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy eight years after being sentenced to death has is being flown out of the country for security reasons.

Amid tight security, Asia Bibi left a detention facility in Punjab province for a flight to the capital city Islamabad, officials said. Troops guarded the roads leading to the airport from which she departed.

Her lawyer Saif ul Malook said that she was being flown out of Pakistan with her immediate family but he did not know where they were going.

Authorities last month said they arrested two prisoners for allegedly conspiring to strangle her and since then additional police and troops have been deployed to the facility in Punjab.

(Read more at Jihad Watch)

Thank God that Asia has been evacuated from this situation.

OACAS

Canada offers a life lesson to a timid, quiet Church

According to a 2 November 2018 OneNewsNow article, the Canadian government has unmasked its animus against Christians.

A longtime Canadian activist has been warning for years that Christians are the enemy of the State, and now an allegation of outright discrimination in Ontario is highlighting that ongoing antagonism.

Hoping to foster a child in their home, husband and wife Levi and Amanda denBok applied with Children’s Aid Services (CAS) but were informed via letter that their religious beliefs disqualified them, The Christian Post reported.

The couple shared the rejection letter in a Facebook post, describing how they were asked by a CAS adopting agent what church they attend and if they believe the Bible is true.

In the interview, the husband and wife were asked: “Are you one of those churches that still believes the Bible is true?”

The agent informed the couple that the Bible was written “thousands of years ago” and the world has since changed, the couple claims.

Dr. Charles McVety, who leads Canada Christian College as president, says the married couple’s beliefs don’t match the supposed “values” of the province of Ontario and its leaders. Yet it’s widely known, he says, that CAS favors same-sex couples as foster parents over religious couples.

Such a discriminatory practice would be an eye-opening revelation, since the argument from same-sex couples has been excluding them from fostering children is discriminatory.

McVety has long warned OneNewsNow readers that Canada’s far-left leaders view Christianity and its followers as the enemy of progress.

“There is no neutral ground now. There is no hiding in the corner,” he warned as recently as August.

Asked how Canada got to the point that the government can reject Christians on the basis of their faith, McVety says an apathetic Church led by cowardly leaders is to blame.

The same is happening in the U.S., he warns.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

We should have seen that the turning of the government on Christians was inevitable. As Christ said:

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. (John 15:18-19 NASB)

Anchorage Downtown Hope Center sued by the state for protecting an abused woman

Faith-based homeless shelter investigated after protecting abused women

A faith-based Anchorage, Alaska soup kitchen has come under investigation because it protected a female patron according to a 2 November 2018 OneNewsNow article.

Should faith-based non-profits be free to serve consistently with their faith? That is the question in a federal case in Alaska.

The Downtown Hope Center has been serving Anchorage for more than 30 years. It started out as a soup kitchen and has expanded to not only serve about 150,000 meals each year to the homeless in Anchorage, but also provide job training skills, free clothing, laundry facilities, and showering. It even provides overnight accommodations for homeless women, many of whom have been battered or sexually abused by men.

“The City of Anchorage is now investigating Hope Center because one night a man came to the door and wanted to stay in an overnight shared sleeping facility,” says attorney Denise Harle of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the organization representing Downtown Hope Center.

“He was visibly drunk, he was injured – he had been in a fight – and the director of Hope Center paid for him to get a taxi to the hospital, but did not allow him to stay in the facility with the women,” the attorney continues. “And now Anchorage is going after the Hope Center saying that they have discriminated based on sex and gender identity because this particular biological man identifies as a woman.”

ADF attorneys argue that Downtown Hope Center didn’t deny the individual on that basis. “Regardless, the ordinance specifically exempts homeless shelters,” the legal group states on its website. “ADF attorneys asked the federal district court in Alaska to stop Anchorage officials from misapplying a city ordinance against the ministry.”

Harle shares that the hope is that the court “will very quickly see that Anchorage is trying to infringe on the Hope Center’s religious beliefs – and that is that God made individuals men and women, that a charity is free to protect vulnerable women, and that there is no legal violation in doing that.”
Because this is a federal case, the attorney explains, a decision in this matter would impact people beyond Alaska.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

I don’t understand how a state employee can even consider suing a homeless shelter because it protected an abused woman. Isn’t the driving force behind the #MeToo movement the desire to protect abused women?

Or is #MeToo just for beating down conservative contenders to office? (Who in #MeToo stood up against the serial abuser Keith Ellison?)

Obama Conflicting Standard #1 Against Christians:

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

As seen in a 23 November 2015 Christian Headlines article, another exercise in hypocrisy has been played out by the Obama administration.

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.