Religious Tests and Terrorism

In the midst of an otherwise testy press conference this morning in Turkey, President Obama eagerly denounced the calls from some Republicans to limit the entry of Syrian refugees to those who were Christian. The president asserted, “”That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have a religious test for our compassion.” That sounds right and those, like Senator Ted Cruz who have advocated treating Middle East Christian refugees different from Muslim, have taken a stand that sounds like discrimination. Yet while religious tests are wrong in principle, Cruz understood a factor that Obama ignored about the nature of the mass of humanity fleeing the chaos and violence. But even Cruz was missing the point that is underlying the reluctance of many Americans to take in even a small percentage of the millions seeking to get away from an ISIS rampage that Obama seems unwilling or unable to roll back.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Obama wants as many Muslims in the U.S. and the west as possible.
    What damage they do here after they arrive is of no consequence to him.
    If he really cared about refugees, he would be all over the Christian angle.
    He’s not however, he wants the Muslims only, and if he holds out for long enough, the Christians will be killed off anyway, so no problem.

    • Obama is a Muslim.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        If there were any doubt before, there should be none now.

        • Justin St.Denis

          It’s been obvious for all to see for years now.

      • Justin St.Denis

        No shit, Sherlock! I think most on the Right have known this all along but have been keeping their mouths shut. The whole birth certificate issue complicated things. Essentially, everything about this is complicated because Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, had a bad case of Black Fever, was sexually promiscuous her entire life, and had the morals of a run-of-the-mill slut/streetwalker. I seriously doubt that his alleged Kenyan father was actually his biological father. Only extensive DNA testing of all involved will ever reveal/convince me of anything regarding Obama.

  • andycanuck

    Best analogy EVAH about taking in Moslem Syrian “refugees”:

    Q: If there was a bowl of Smarties on the table & you know 5 are poison, would you grab a handful?

    (And it’s not mine; got it off of a woman’s Twitter feed linked by Dean Skoreyko.)

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Constitution forbids religious tests only for holding public office. In every other area, they are permitted.

  • Justin St.Denis

    It should also be noted that the majority of Middle-Eastern Christians are as virulently anti-Semitic as the local muslim population. These Christians also need to be looked at critically.

  • Hard Little Machine

    America has a long tradition of barring entry of the most persecuted and victimized minorities who try to flee here. You let in more ex Nazis than Jews after WW2.