Trump should open US doors to the truly persecuted in Mideast, Africa
By LEO HOHMANN
Have you ever wondered why the U.S. accepts so few Christian refugees, when studies consistently show that Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith-group in the world?
Just last week we heard reports of deadly attacks on Iranian Christians at a UN refugee camp in Greece, and continued attacks on Christian villagers in Nigeria [you must look for these reports at Christian websites such as OpenDoors.org, Persecution.org and the Barnabas Fund because they are almost never covered by the mainstream media.]
In Nigeria alone, more than 6,000 Christians have been butchered thus far in 2018 by Islamic militants and hundreds more have been run off their land by the Islamic Fulani herdsmen, not to mention the monsters with Boko Haram. The word haram means forbidden in Arabic and anything Christian or Western is considered haram.
The Jihadists with al-Shabab in Somalia routinely cross over into neighboring Kenya to slaughter Christians, but rather than take in the Christians from Kenya, our government has since 1991 elected to bring in Somali Muslims as refugees. President Trump has drastically cut back on the number of Somali refugees coming to the U.S. and been roundly condemned for it by government resettlement agencies affiliated with the Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, evangelical and Jewish faiths. [These are the same resettlement agencies that lobby for continuous increases in refugee arrivals and get paid by the head with your tax dollars for every refugee they secretly place into American cities.]
See Open Doors’ list of 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus.
Yet, one gets the impression that if Trump proposed to bring in numbers of refugees similar to that of Obama, say 80,000 to 100,000 per year, but made sure they were nearly all persecuted Christians, the lefties would still be throwing fits of angry hysteria. They could replenish their financial coffers and would not be forced to close resettlement offices, but they would not succeed in transforming and destabilizing American cities. Herein lies their true ambition: Not helping the downtrodden but transforming America into an Islamized, socialistic hotbed of unstable, divided cities.
This is why Christians suffering under the boot of Islam find it so difficult to emigrate to America as refugees.
They are not welcome at the UN refugee camps and have no one advocating for them on Capitol Hill.
Christians in Africa and the Middle East often have nowhere to hide, so when their villages come under attack they flee to another Christian village and hope to find a church or a family who will take them in.
One of the worst places they can go is to a UN refugee camp. The reason why UN camps are so unsafe for Christians is explored in some depth in my book, Stealth Invasion, but suffice it to say that these camps are almost always managed by people hostile toward Christians and Christianity.
Yet, these are the camps from which the United States gets its refugees. Between 40,000 and 100,000 refugees are hand-picked each year by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for permanent resettlement in America. The numbers will be way down this year under Trump, possibly a record low of under 21,000.
But that’s not necessarily a good thing when you learn just how many persecuted Christians are being shut out of the refugee system when they could be coming to America. That includes black and Arab Christians in the Middle East and white Christians in South Africa: Why is the Trump administration not welcoming them with open arms? He set the ceiling for refugee arrivals this year at 40,000 but is on pace to accept only about 21,000.
In Nigeria, a country that is roughly 55 percent Christian and 45 percent Muslim, the attacks are really heating up. Christian women and children are the most frequent targets, and they are often raped before being killed by the most gruesome means: Hacked to death with machetes, beheaded, burned to death after being locked in churches or homes.
It doesn’t matter if they are Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant. A Christian is a Christian to someone following Sharia. They are often pronounced guilty of Islamic blasphemy laws. If they go out in public with a cross around their neck, they can be attacked. They can also be seen as guilty of shirk, or polytheism, because Muslims don’t understand the Christian concept of the Trinity.
As Christian scholar Raymond Ibrahim reports, the U.S. government has for decades avoided calling a spade a spade in Nigeria, blaming the violence on anything but religious bigotry.
“For long, both the Nigerian government and the U.S. government have sought to present this protracted jihad as territorial clashes between the haves (apparently always Christians) and haves-not (apparently always Muslims). For instance, in 2012, Bill Clinton said ‘inequality’ and ‘poverty’ are ‘what’s fueling all this stuff’ (the ‘stuff’ being a reference to the ongoing Muslim slaughter of Christians in Nigeria). Following the 2012 Easter Day bombing of a Nigerian church that left 39 worshipers dead, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, said, ‘I want to take this opportunity to stress one key point and that is that religion is not driving extremist violence’ in Nigeria. Similarly, the Obama administration agreed to spend $600 million in a USAID initiative launched to ascertain the ‘true causes’ of unrest and violence in Nigeria—which naturally lay in the socio-economic, never the religious, realm.”
Iranian converts brutally attacked
The attack at a UN refugee camp in Greece last week targeted a group of Iranians who had converted from Islam to Christianity, not that we saw any reports about this vicious attack on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox or any other major media outlet.
According to 222 Ministries, seven Iranians had “crossed from Turkey to Greece in the area of Thessaloniki and ended up in a refugee camp about 150 km south in Larissa. While they were there, they met as a small group together in one of the Conex containers they were housed in, gathering a few others.”
The 222 Ministries report continues as follows:
“Somehow, they came to the attention of the other camp residents… a mob formed on Sunday night as they were holding a Bible Study meeting. The mob attacked them, threatening them with knives and beating the men, resulting in hospitalization for two of them. The two women and two young children were also threatened with knives. Petrol was poured into their Conex. They were called ‘kaffirs’ and told to leave the camp. One of the men had a previous heart condition and the attack caused him to pass out. An ambulance was called but the mob tried to prevent its entry into the camp. The Greek police present did nothing, being massively outnumbered by the mob of 30-40 people.”
Under Islamic law, a kaffir is less of a human than a Muslim and not entitled to the same rights, and a female kaffir is considered fair game for sexual exploitation.
A kaffir is someone who does not believe in the Islamic creed or the teachings of the Quran and doesn’t revere Muhammad as the final and highest prophet. To be branded a kaffir in an Islamic society such as Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Syria can result in severe persecution. But to convert from Islam to Christianity is even more dangerous. By making this decision, you are now considered an “apostate” under Islamic law and subject to death, either by an official court decree or by the government turning a blind eye while vigilante mobs do the dirty work of enforcing Sharia.
These “apostates” are the people the United States should be welcoming into our communities as refugees. But under the Obama administration, we were more likely to take the persecutors than the persecuted.
These Christians being driven out of Muslim-majority nations meet the 1951 Geneva Convention’s definition of a refugee, which is someone displaced from their home country by persecution, or a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to their ethnic background, religious or political beliefs. Simply fleeing war or seeking a better economic opportunity in the West is not a legal reason to be qualified as a refugee, but this represents the bulk of the people being sent to the U.S. by the U.N.
If our refugee system is not dramatically reformed by the time President Trump leaves office, we may not get another chance. And we can definitely expect the next president to make up for lost time, delivering to our shores a new wave of mostly economic migrants posing as refugees with the aid of a corrupt United Nations.
While President Trump is doing a great job of vetting the refugees, making it harder for bad apples to slip in after being chosen by the U.N., he must do more. He must use his bully pulpit to get Congress to reform the Refugee Act of 1980, allowing states and local communities greater say in who gets sent where and from what country. And it is imperative that he strip the selection process away from the corrupt United Nations.
As for the media, shame on them for even calling themselves “journalists.”
If the truth about Christian persecution in Islamic countries ever got out, it would destroy the liberal narrative about Muslims facing persecution in America. What passes for persecution against Muslims here would be considered a joyride for Christians living in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and even so-called “moderate” Muslim countries like Egypt and Indonesia, where churches are routinely burned to the ground, pastors kidnapped, families destroyed.