Despite the mass extermination of Christians inflicted by the Islamic State, the United States government is admitting an extremely low number of Christian refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq — compared to an exponentially higher number of Muslim refugees.
The Refugee Processing Center reports that since the onset of 2015, 11,086 Muslim refugees from Iraq have been processed by the U.S., next to only 433 Iraqi Christians, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
The numbers are even more lopsided when it comes to those fleeing Syria, as the U.S. has received 5,435 Muslim refugees from there and only 28 Christian refugees.
No help from the White House
It is contended that President Barack Obama is responsible for the unbalanced acceptance weighted toward those ascribing to the Islamic faith.
“In an attempt to justify this astounding discrepancy, the Obama administration and congressional Democratic leadership continue to maintain that the U.S. should not consider a refugee’s religion in deciding whether to grant refugee status,” the ACLJ announced on Tuesday in a statement.
Another problem mentioned about the administration’s procedure of admitting refugees is that it fails to consider the religion of fleeing Iraqis and Syrians — even though Christians and some other religious minorities there are ISIS’s direct targets for genocide. This is in spite of the fact that just a few months ago in March, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that IS specifically kills Christians because of their religion.
Such a blatant disregard for the safety of Christians in the region is deemed inexcusable by the Christian legal group.
“So, we know that ISIS targets Christians in Iraq and Syria because they are Christians,” ACLJ attorneys point out. “Christians are being slaughtered, tortured, raped and displaced because they are Christian.”
While noting that ISIS will wipe out religious minorities if the U.S. and other nations do not take serious action to assist them, the ACLJ asserts that one’s religion should not be overlooked for consideration to flee a country, according to the law.
“We also know that under U.S. and international refugee law, religion is a criterion for granting refugee status,” the nonprofit legal group explained.
Numbers stacked against them
Statistics from the Refugee Processing Center are not the only indication that a scarce number of persecuted Christians are being admitted to other countries as refugees.
The Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Systems posted reports last November showing that Christian refugees account for only 1.6 percent of total arrivals next to Muslims refugees, who comprise 97.8 percent of those accepted, according to The Christian Post (which also notes that more than 220 Assyrians Christians were abducted by militants in northeast Syria this week).
Putting things into perspective, Christians make up 10 percent of Syria’s population, indicating that they are being accepted at a much lower rate than Muslims. Furthermore, while the report was being prepared, IS drove out and displaced more than 700,000 Syrian Christians from their homes.
An urgent call for help
Taking a stand to end the ISIS’s mass extermination of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, the ACLJ urged America and the United Nations last month to recognize and do something about the Islamic terrorist group’s genocide of non-Muslims.
Earlier this month, ACLJ attorneys made an appeal to the international community to launch a campaign and take “swift and decisive action” against ISIS’s genocide. It insisted that the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) session taking place this month must quickly make a decision on the measures it intends on taking to stop ISIS’s eradication of religious minorities in the region.
“As the time for the HRC’s meeting is rapidly approaching, it is important that the United States and Secretary Kerry act quickly and decisively in advancing at the United Nations the cause of those Christians targeted by ISIS,” the ACLJ insisted. “We are optimistic that they will do so.”
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.