A few weeks ago at a wingnut conference in Iowa, Donald Trump heard another speaker claim that the United States refuses to allow Christians from Syria to get refugee status in the United States. Since then, he’s repeated that claim over and over again, not giving a damn whether it’s true or not. From his recent speech in Las Vegas:
“If you’re from Syria and you’re a Christian, you cannot come into this country. And they’re the ones that are being persecuted. If you’re Islamic and you come in, hard to believe, you can come in so easily. In fact, it’s one of our main groups of people that are coming in. Not that we should discriminate against one or the other. But if you’re Christian, you cannot get into the country. You cannot get in. I thought that was unbelievable. We have to do something about it.”
And from an interview with CBN:
“Well it’s a very big message. First of all I’m protestant. I’m Presbyterian. I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it. If you’re a Christian living in Syria, you can’t come into this country. And yet if you’re a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in. But we have Christians being beheaded all over the world, by ISIS, in Syria and Iraq in particular, and those Christians can’t come into this country. So you say what you want, I mean this is really, something. And that’s a lack of respect, for us. If you’re a Muslim, you can come into the country very eas[ily]. If you’re from Europe and you’re a Muslim, you can come in. But if you’re from Europe and you’re a Christian, you can’t come in, meaning it’s almost impossible. So you tell me about religious liberty and freedom. The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they’ve had in a long time.”
All of this, you’ll not be surprised to hear, is total bullshit. First of all, Muslims are being persecuted in Syria. Like most ignorant Americans, Donald Trump does not understand that there are different kinds of Muslims. Syria is nearly 75% Sunni Muslim, but the nation is ruled by a Shiite dictator. The overwhelming majority of refugees from that country are Sunni. Christians make up only about 10% of the country. And guess what? They make up a smaller percentage of the refugees too, and a smaller percentage of those granted asylum or refugee status in this country.
But here’s the real punchline. You want more Christians emigrating to America, Scrooge McDick? How about those Mexicans and Central Americans you’ve raged against? They’re about 90% Christian.