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Obama’s Refugee Policy: Yes to Potential Terrorists, No to Genocide Victims

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Originally published by the Gatestone Institute

The Obama administration has been escalating a policy that both abandons Mideast Christians and exposes Americans to the jihad. Late last year it was revealed that 97% of Syrian refugees accepted into the U.S. were Sunni Muslims—the same Islamic sect to which the Islamic State belongs—while fewer than half-a-percent were Christians.

This disparity has since gotten worse. From May 1 to May 23, 499 Syrian refugees—a number that exceeds the total number of refugees admitted during the last three years—were received into the U.S.  Zero Christians were among them; 99 percent were Sunni (the remaining one percent was simply listed as “Muslim”).

These numbers are troubling:

First, from a strictly humanitarian point of view—and humanitarianism is the chief reason being cited in accepting refugees—Christians should receive priority simply because currently they are among the most persecuted groups in the Middle EastAlong with the Yazidis, Christians are experiencing genocide at the hands of ISIS, as the State Department recently determined The Islamic State has repeatedly forced Christians to renounce Christ or die; has enslaved and raped them, and desecrated or destroyed more than 400 of their churches.

As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) put it this March, “Without doubt, Syrians of all confessions are being victimized by this savage war and are facing unimaginable suffering.  But only Christians and other religious minorities are the deliberate targets of systematic persecution and genocide.”

Sunni Muslims are not being slaughtered, beheaded, and raped for refusing to renounce their faith since it is identical to ISIS’.  They are not having their mosques burned, nor are they being jailed and killed for apostasy, blasphemy, or proselytization.  On the contrary, non-ISIS affiliated Sunnis are responsible for committing dozens of such atrocities against Christian minorities every single month all throughout the Islamic world.[1]

Unsurprisingly, many Sunnis entering America and Europe—including the terrorists who killed 120 people in Paris, 32 people in Brussels, and 12 in California—share the same Sunni-sanctioned hate for and opposition to non-Muslim “infidels.”  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admits that ISIS is “taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives into that flow.”

Even if one were to operate under the assumption that refugee status must be made available to all Syrians, regardless of religion, the simple demographics of Syria expose the pro-Sunni, anti-Christian bias of the current Obama refugee policy:  Christians account for 10% of Syria’s total population—yet they account for less than .5% of the refugees.  Sunni Muslims are 74% of Syria’s population—yet 99% of those received into America.  In other words, there should be 20 times more Christians and about one-quarter fewer Sunnis granted refugee status than there already have been.

Finally, the excuse given by those who defend this disparity does not pass the smell test.  According to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, Christian and other minorities “fear that registration might bring retribution from other refugees.” So supposedly they do not register and are left out of the process.  Indeed, as ongoing reports reveal, the majority of those at refugee camps—Sunnis—are persecuting the Christians in their midst, sometimes killing them.  During one Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Sicily, Muslim “refugees” shouted “Allahu Akbar!”  as they hurled as many as 53 Christians overboard.

Although the U.N and U.S. know that Sunni refugees are terrorizing Christians in their camps, they abandon the true victims who deserve sanctuary in the West, while “humanitarianly” taking in their persecutors.

The Catholic Church and several mainline Protestant denominations are equally guilty.  Most recently, “Christian refugees [were] ‘let down’ by Pope [Francis]: he promised to take them to Italy but then took only Muslims instead.”

Such hypocrisy has been on open display since the question of refugees was first raised in America.   Months ago, Barrack Obama—who was raised a Sunni Muslim—described the proposal that preference should be given to Christian minorities as “shameful”: “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” loftily added the American president.

Today, however, it is clear from the statistics alone that there is a very clear bias[2]  in the refugee program: it favors those most prone to committing acts of terror in America while ignoring those experiencing genocide.  It is the Obama administration’s own refugee policies that are “shameful,” “not American,” and do not represent “who we are.”

Syrain Christian refugee children

Syrain Christian refugee children

[1] Even before ISIS’ new “caliphate” was established, Christians were and continue to be targeted by Muslims—Muslim mobs, Muslim individuals, Muslim regimes, and Muslim terrorists, from Muslim countries of all races (Arab, African, Asian, etc.)—and for the same reason: Christians are infidel number one.  See Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians for hundreds of anecdotes before the rise of ISIS as well as the Muslim doctrines that create such hate and contempt for Christians who are especially deserving of refugee status.

[2] These recent revelations of the Obama administration’s pro-Muslim and anti-Christian policies fit a clear and established pattern of religious bias within his administration.  Examples follow:

Christians in eastern Indian state live in ‘appalling situation’

Indian Christians hold placards and banners during a protest in New Delhi on September 26, 2008, held to draw attention to continued anti-Christian violence in the southern Indian state of Karnataka and the eastern state of Orissa. Christian leaders in India have asked for the deployment of soliders in the restive states.   Some twelve people have died in Orissa's Kandhamai region and Karnatka since the death of Hindu Priest and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Lakshananananda Saraswait and four others who were shot dead by unidentified killers in Orissa in August. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN / AFP PHOTO / RAVEENDRAN

Indian Christians hold placards and banners during a protest in New Delhi in this file photo to draw attention to continued anti-Christian violence. (Photo by AFP

A team of politicians and human rights activists who toured Chhattisgarh has reported several cases of violence against Christians in the eastern Indian state.

“Christians live in an appalling situation in rural areas where local laws meant for their welfare and protection are used to harass and divide the people on the basis of religion,” said Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, who was part of the team that included former lawmakers.

After touring Chhattisgarh June 8-11, the team released a report saying how the state government failed to help Christians in villages oppressed by Hindu nationalists.

Several villages in Baster district for example have against the spirit of the Indian Constitution restricted non-Hindus from residing or building places of worship in those villages, the report said.

Christians are even being prevented from using burial grounds in several villages, it said.

In Sirisguda village, Christians were not allowed to buy grocery from the government’not s public distribution system and were beaten up, the report said. After the attack, the ambulance was not allowed in the village and injured Christians allowed to get treatment in the district hospital.

Christians are also not allowed to use common water sources in villages and district officials insisting that Christians must convert to Hinduism or leave the village. “We have come across innumerable examples of Christians under pressure to change their religion, in gross violation of constitutional provisions,” Krishnan told ucanews.com  READ MORE

Pakistani Christians protest against police harassment during church service

The campaign "Green for White", with reference to the Pakistani flag, where green indicates the Muslims and white religious minorities.

The campaign “Green for White”, with reference to the Pakistani flag, where green indicates the Muslims and white religious minorities.

The Christian residents of Lahore’s Fazlia Colony blocked traffic for several hours while protesting against alleged harassment by the police during Sunday service at The United Church.

The police had rushed into church using abusive language towards worshipers and slapped the pastor.

The Express Tribune reported that a protester said he was attending the church service when a police team arrived. He claimed that when the police officers were stopped at the entrance by the guard, they pushed him aside and one of them barged into the church. When the pastor requested the officer respect the worship place, the protester alleged that policeman started hurling abusive words at the church leader and assaulted him.

Panic struck worshipers attending the service. The memory of last year’s suicide attack against churches in Youhanabad flashed through their minds. A rumor quickly spread that there had been a terror attack at the church which created panic for Christians attending Sunday service in nearby churches.

When the police team was asked about the reason for the raid, it was claimed they had received a call about the use of loudspeaker at the church. It’s unclear who made the report. However, allegations that loudspeakers were being used by the church were dismissed.

Authorities claim the constable has been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been filed against him.

 

SPEAK OUT against Sacramento pastor’s remarks about Orlando attack

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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Sunday morning, hours after the attack, a so-called Sacramento Baptist pastor, Roger Jimenez‬ preached a disturbing sermon praising the attack on the Orlando nightclub that left nearly 50 people dead reports CBS Sacramento.

Jimenez’s sermon was shared on the Verity Baptist Church’s YouTube account, but YouTube has removed the video. Sharing some of his comments.

“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” he said in the sermon. “Um — no — I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight.”

“We don’t need to do anything to help. As far as I’m concerned, Orlando is a little bit safer tonight.”

He went so far as to call for more death, at the hands of the government.

“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out.”

Jimenez is NOT a man of God but a WOLF parading as a Christian. As we expect Muslims to call out their members preaching hate and acting out evil, we too must call out those claiming to be in the Church, but preach opposite of God’s Word and spread hatred. This man is led by evil, not our God!

Call out and share your disgust and hold those who preach HATE/MURDER accountable.

Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

1 Peter 5:8

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

BEWARE of men like him and what they preach. Test all things. Read the Scriptures to know the Truth!

On medical release for failing health Iranian Christian Woman told ‘Report back to Prison’

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Maryam Naghash Zargaran, receiving urgent medical care, told to report back to prison.

(Voice of the Persecuted) Maryam Naghash Zargaran, also known as Nasim, came from a Muslim background, but left Islam to follow Christ. She became a Christian through the house church movement led by Pastor Saeed Abedini. Saeed was also serving an 8 year sentence for Christian activities, but released with 2 other Americans after spending 3-1/2 years in the Iranian prison system.

After Nahim’s conversion, she worked with Abedini planting house churches. Nasim was also arrested for evangelism. She was charged with “acting against national security” and in July 2013 was sentenced to four years at the notorious Evin prison. She had been incarcerated for nearly three years.

Nahim began a hunger strike in May protesting the prison’s denial to properly treat her multiple and serious health problems. She was also experiencing severe pain and other complications. The medical team in the prison recognized the severity of her condition and advised hospital care, but it was denied. When she became very ill, near death according to family members, prison authorities finally allowed her to leave the prison on June 6 to seek medical attention.

Staying informed of her current condition, Abedini claimed that the Iranian Intelligence police told her to immediately return to the prison. She has refused to go back as she still needs medical treatment. Abedini said the authorities will go to her home, arrest and take her back to the prison by brute force. “She needs our prayers. Our fight is NOT over yet”, he shared.

Daily Fire: BREAKTHROUGH FAITH

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Day #41 — BREAKTHROUGH FAITH

“Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11: 40)

DAILY FIRE!

Because I believe, I know that I will see the glory of God!

People often pray, “Use me, O Lord,” and then do nothing! You cannot wait to feel faith. Faith is not a feeling. You simply do what should be done when you know that you cannot succeed unless God helps you. The whole Bible is written to break down unbelief, and build up our trust in God.

There is no greater challenge, no greater call, no greater personal instruction than to read and take heed God’s Word, imprinting it on the pages of your heart and mind. Walking daily in the power of His Word will make a permanent impact on your faith, your emotions, and your destiny. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to God’s word” (Psalm 119:9). Daily Fire Devotional is a collection of dynamic devotionals from the powerful writings of evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. With its simple, convenient, easy–to–read format, you can take this book anywhere and plunge in at any point, choosing to read specific indexed selections focused on a particular topic or to read it chronologically as your personal daily Bible reading program. Much more than a daily devotional, this book will to give you a passion for lost souls and motivate you to be a soulwinner. Features a brief, daily motivational message; a Scripture verse for the day; related Bible passages; a “Daily Fire” encouragement to carry you through the day; and a verse plan to help you read through the entire Bible in one year.

Get the Daily Fire Devotional: 365 Days in God’s Word by Reinhard Bonnke.

The Precarious State of Middle East Christians

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By Lee Smith

(AINA) Klaus Wivel is a reporter writing for the Danish weekly Weekendavisen. His book about Middle Eastern Christians, The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands, was just published in the United States. Wivel sat down with me recently to discuss his book, the Christian community in the Middle East, how those Christians are received in Europe, and what the future holds.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: What drew you to the story of Middle East Christians?

KLAUS WIVEL: I started writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 1998. At the time of the Second Intifada, 2000-2005, it became increasingly evident that Palestinian Christians felt vulnerable. They had been an instrumental part of the Palestinian national movement, but the character of Palestinian nationalism shifted in a more Islamic direction during those years. The Christians told me that they felt like strangers in their own land, and began to leave by the thousands. I was told by Christians in Bethlehem that if the emigration kept going at this pace, no Christians would be left in a couple of decades, besides a few monks and custodians maintaining the holy sites. Being only two percent of the Palestinian population in the West Bank, this assessment wasn’t an exaggeration.

Around 2006 even more catastrophic news made its way from Iraq where it was stated that up to two thirds of the Christian population–among the oldest in the world–had left the country. Several churches were bombed, priests were killed, Christians were kidnapped by the thousands, and whole areas of the major cities Baghdad and Mosul were being evicted.

Then in 2011, following the Arab Spring and the ouster of then-president Hosni Mubarak, the same stories were heard in Egypt. Christians here, too, were under attack and with even less protection from the security forces than they’d received under Mubarak. I decided at that point to travel to the area to investigate the story myself.

TWS: How does the Sunni-Shiite conflict affect Middle East Christians?

WIVEL: In Iraq, Christians were caught in the middle during the war. It’s worth remembering that the Christians in Iraq where not a part of the civil war and had no armed militias. They were left more or less unprotected. Both Shiites and Sunnis would kill or kidnap Christians, although it’s unclear whether their crimes had anything to do with religion or sectarian strife or if it was simply local thugs using the shield of militant jihad to get rich from hostage taking.

In Syria it’s a little different. Here the Christians have been allied with the Assad regime, made up of Alawites, who constitute a heterodox branch of Shia Islam. For that reason Sunnis have attacked Christians who are seen as Assad loyalists.

In Lebanon the Christians are divided against themselves. One part has been aligned with the Sunnis since the pro-democracy March 14 movement ousted the Syrians from Lebanon following the murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. The other part of the Lebanese Christian community, led by Michel Aoun, is siding with Hezbollah.

TWS: What do the Middle East Christians want from the Christians of the West, especially North America and Europe?

WIVEL: Attention. Many of the Christians I met were baffled by the fact that the Christian West was not up in arms about this. But it’s a delicate matter. Some Christians think–especially among the clergy–that if Western governments state the case of the persecution of the Christians too forcefully, they will really place the Christians in the poisonous position of being accused of being lackeys of the West.

I’m certain that this was one of the main reasons why Western governments gave no warnings about the persecution of Iraqi Christians during the Iraqi war. They feared that if they did that, the invasion would be viewed as a Christian invasion, a “crusade”, a word President Bush learned the hard way never to use again. It was a fair point, but silence didn’t help either. Today there are hardly any Christians left in the areas outside of Kurdistan.

This is why it was important when Secretary of State John Kerry recognized Islamic State atrocities against minorities as a genocide. Nonetheless, Christians and Yazidis living in Kurdish refugee camps lack everything, including the most basic supplies like food and medicine. This is a scandal. If we can’t find the means to help the ones who are still in the area it’s no wonder millions of refugees are going to Europe. Our priorities need to be fixed.

TWS: Have lots of Middle East Christians found refuge in Europe? Are you working with Christian groups in Europe now to help Christians from the Middle East?

WIVEL: Many don’t realize the dire nature of the situation. In my home country, Denmark–officially a Christian nation, but among the most secular places on the planet–the most unpleasant experience a priest ever will encounter is preaching to an empty church. Middle Eastern Christians tend to choose to go to the Americas. They view Europe as a post-Christian society. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, the Swedish town of Södertälje has welcomed Christian immigrants since the 1970s, first from Turkey, then from Syria, and since 2003 from Iraq. Södertälje accepted more refugees from the Iraqi war than the US did.

TWS: How does this end for Middle East Christians? The Jews built their own state, but this is unlikely with the Christians. So does someone step in and save their towns and regions, or is this a community on the verge of disappearing?

WIVEL: There’s certainly a feeling among the Iraqi Christians that after 2000 years the Christian presence in Iraq, outside of the Kurdish area, is finished. Everyone knows that Sunni Muslim locals helped Islamic State in pointing out where the Christians lived in the summer of 2014 so that they could be evicted, enslaved or killed. Even if Islamic State is defeated the distrust toward the locals is monumental.

Many call for a safe zone in the Nineveh Plains guarded by troops from the international community, but that’s doubtful. In other Arab countries like Egypt, Christians will continue to leave, but since there are several millions still living there, there will continue to be Christian presence for a long time. There are two things preventing Middle East Christians from leaving. First is that there is no Christian version of Israel where they can find refuge in the region. Second, migration to the West is becoming increasingly difficult. Europeans are not more welcoming of Christians than of Muslims.

VOP PRAYER REQUEST:

With no end to radicalism and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East in sight, the signs seem to point to the prophesies and intensifying violence and battle in this war torn region. No matter your political or spiritual view regarding the current unrest, as Christians we can unite on the front line in the fight together in prayer.

  • Almighty God, in the name of Jesus defend your faithful in their time of need. Help them endure all that may come against them. Comfort them in their suffering, fear and grief.
  • We pray freedom for those held captive.
  • We ask that you intervene when violence and evil plots against your people.
  • Father, help them to forgive.
  • Oh God, give us your heart for the persecuted Church and for the persecutors.
  • Refresh your Church with the Holy Spirit.
  • May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
  • Come quickly Lord Jesus, our Savior.

In His Holy name, we ask these things. Amen.

 

Nigeria: Christian Carpenter Stabbed For Not Fasting During Ramadan

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(Voice of the Persecuted) NIGERIA – Francis Emmanuel, a Christian and a carpenter, was attacked  by a gang of young men, believed to be Muslims,with machetes and daggers at a restaurant in Kakuri, Kaduna. They accused him for not fasting.

While eating his lunch, Emmanuel claimed the young men approached him because he was not fasting. He nearly lost his right arm trying to protect himself and sustained deep wounds from a machete on various parts of his body. He also nearly lost his eye. Relaying the ordeal to journalists from his hospital bed, Emmanuel said,

“I went to buy wood to do some work. When I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came and asked me whether I was a Muslim or a Christian. I did not answer them. They asked me why I was not fasting. I told them that I am not a Muslim. Before I knew it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives. I didn’t know them. Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of dangerous knives they were carrying. They used cutlasses, scissors, and knives. I became unconscious; I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital.”

Sunny Oibe, Director of national issues of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) described the perpetrators as enemies of the people. He said,

“The attack on the carpenter for allegedly eating when Muslims were fasting goes to show the level of intolerance of some people, particularly some of our Muslims. “Even if somebody refuses to fast, nobody has the right to embark on such animalistic behavior of attempting murder.”

“We, in CAN, will ask the security agencies to ensure that this matter is not swept under the carpet. The perpetrators should be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others because the laws of this country forbid taking the lives of another. “The government should therefore live up to its bidding and bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to book.”

Mr. Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer said the government should have acted quickly to arrest the perpetrators to serve as a deterrent to others.

“It is already too late now. The perpetrators should have been immediately arrested and arraigned to serve as a deterrent to others.” source

Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer now living in the U.S. shared on social media,

“A couple of years ago, a retired Christian general from the north said something that has haunted me. Speaking to an Igbo guy, he said, “if my people see you and I eating corn in my village during the Ramadan fast, they would kill me and leave you alone because we are not permitted to be Christians. When I read the story [of the recent attack], I realized things have gotten far worse in the last two years. Even non northerners are now being attacked for eating during the fasting even when they are not Muslim!”

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.

Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Nigeria to care for our Christian brothers and sisters experiencing brutal persecution.

We are committed to being a VOICE for persecuted Nigerian Christians and bring them comfort, relief, and encouragement. We have committed to a long-term mission in Nigeria. When they are able to return home, we will be there to encourage and help rebuild villages and their lives. They will not be forgotten!

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on orphan-306x4601them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through prayer and your support.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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