While no day is best to ban refugees from war-torn countries safe haven, Trump apparently thought the best day to do that was on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Classy.
…on Friday, Trump signed an executive order freezing refugee applications from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Syria.
The “including Syria” part is important, because now Trump is giving priority to Christian refugees in a situation where any priority at all now ranks as preferential treatment:
President Donald Trump said in a new interview Friday that persecuted Christians will be given priority over other refugees seeking to enter the United States, saying they have been “horribly treated.”
Speaking with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said that it had been “impossible, or at least very tough” for Syrian Christians to enter the United States.
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair — everybody was persecuted, in all fairness — but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
Of course, as is par for the course with Trump, there is no evidence for his claims. In fact, the evidence available paints the opposite picture:
Trump did not name a reason or offer any evidence about why the agencies that vet refugees, including the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, would have prioritized Muslim refugees over Christians.
According to a report by the non-partisan Pew Research Center, however, 99% of the nearly 12,600 Syrians granted refugee status last year were Muslims. Less than 1% were Christian. Syria’s population is 87% Muslim and 10% Christian, according to the CIA World Fact Book.
For those wondering if this is illegal in the form of religious discrimination, my initial inclination is to say yes, but I’m a non-expert and this is a pretty complex issue. The CATO Institute says it is, though.
Legal or not, it’s obviously immoral. Look, I’m no friend to Islam. I think the world would be a better place with no religion, but Islam is at the top of the list for beliefs I’d like to see vanish from humanity’s collective minds.
However, they’re still people and their suffering at the hands of Islamic extremists still matters, or at least it should. Turning a blind eye to the suffering of people of one faith while tripping over yourself to make people with the religious faith of your voting bloc your prerogative is selfish, shameful, and betrays a self interest so all-consuming that it’s driven compassion from Trump entirely. Anybody attached to Jesus’ messages of kindness and empathy should be aghast.
And yet, they’re the reason Donald Trump is in power. I’m sure they’ll waste no time telling us what “Jesus” wants the next time they want something though.
This whole situation is so terribly un-American, but I’m not sure that matters so much anymore.
Oh, and speaking of conservative Christian hypocrisy, remember during the campaign when Trump went so far that even Mike Pence couldn’t bring himself to cover for him?
“Offensive and unconstitutional.” And if it serves Mike Pence’s political interests by making his thoroughly unethical voting base wet themselves with glee, by gum, he’s gonna do it. Hallelujah! America first!
God dammit, here’s a dog eating a strawberry.