Almost two-thirds of the nation’s governors (31 out of 50) have told the president not to send Syrian refugees to their states without assurances that the influx would not become a Trojan Horse. Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who helped re-elect Obama in 2012 with a well-timed gesture of support during Hurricane Sandy, told the president that “I will not accept any refugees from Syria.” Obama’s response to this groundswell of public opinion was to lash out like an irritated child. Speaking in Turkey, which is 98% Muslim, Obama said: “When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, that’s shameful. That’s not American.” A few days later in Malaysia, where Islam is the official state religion, Obama said that a preference for Christian refugees would constitute “prejudice and discrimination” that “helps ISIL and undermines our national security.”
Since Christians are the most widely persecuted group in the Middle East, you’d expect that Christians would be more likely to qualify as refugees, which requires demonstrating a “well-founded fear of being persecuted.” Yet of the 2,184 Syrian refugees Obama has already allowed to come here during the past four years, only 2% are Christian and 96% are Muslim.
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