Obama denounces religious test for refugees: ‘That’s not who we are’

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President Barack Obama holds a news conference with reporters at the end of the G20 summit at the Kaya Palazzo Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015.  Photo courtesy REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama holds a news conference with reporters at the end of the G20 summit at the Kaya Palazzo Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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  • Deacon John M Bresnahan

    It would be nice to have a president who put protecting Americans as Priority No. One. It would also be nice to have a president who showed some real strong concern over the widespread slaughter of Christians across the Middle East. It will be interesting to see how much Democrats jump to second his policies–or lack thereof

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  • Jennifer

    It will be nice when we have a president who never has to mention religion at all, because it has become a nearly forgotten relic of the distant past.

    And why should Obama be concerned about Christians specifically, when so many others of other religions and no religion are also being slaughtered? Your “nice” is actually reprehensible.

  • John

    It sounds to me that Obama is willing to sacrifice the lives of American citizens for the welfare of Syrians.

  • Fran

    It will be best when God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) soon puts an end to all wicked ones/terrorists on the entire planet in the near future (Isaiah 11:1-9) so that all meek ones can finally enjoy life (Psalm 37:10,11).

    How could it qualify to do that? It can read peoples’ hearts (Proverbs 17:3) and really know what kind of people they are inside. Man’s governments can’t, usually judge by outward appearance, and could make a wrong judgment.

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  • larry

    It sounds like you are the panicky sort who is easily manipulated by both terrorists and political opportunists.

    This is exactly the kind of reaction IS wants towards the refugees. It makes their job easier when people have a more difficult time fleeing their grasp. You are going to let thousands of people die or be enslaved because you take the boasting of miscreants and sectarian biases seriously.

  • Bernardo

    What needs to be said:

    The global world reeks from the stench of the biggest con job ever pulled on humankind. Islamic tenets are nothing but the fairy tales and cons of an hallucinating, contriving, warmongering, womanizing Arab named Mohammed. And that my friends is the message. That along with the messages about the other oozing stench-filled con jobs pulled by the likes of Paul et al and the scribes of Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • Acting as if excluding Muslims from immigration is religious discrimination is disingenuous. There are plenty of cultural reasons – including quite important ones in regards to things like respect for pluralism and rule of law – to limit Middle Eastern and North African Muslims from entry.

    And Obama’s sanctimonious ‘Not who we are’ hectoring is laughable. We’re not a country that sets aside constitutionally prescribed legislative practices in pursuit of partisan agendas either, but that hasn’t stopped him.

  • Ray

    Muslims are no more dangerous than any other group. There are extremists and terrorist in any group, but they do not define the group. Most terrorist acts within the United States have been committed by people identifying as Christian, even if those acts weren’t labeled as “terrorism”.

  • John

    Finally! !! Someone with common sense. Thanks larry

  • adamrussell

    Aside from the 1st amendment violation, what would stop a muslim (terrorist or not) from claiming to be christian? Are you going to give every one of them an extensive test on the bible? Most christians wont pass that either.

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  • Larry

    The last time we made such blanket assumptions and stereotypes to people seeking asylum from persecution and war, we consigned thousands of people to death camps.
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/stlouis.html

    “We’re not a country that sets aside constitutionally prescribed legislative practices in pursuit of partisan agendas either”

    As usual, nativism REQUIRES absolute ignorance of the laws concerning people coming to our country. There is no “prescribed legislative practice” here to speak of. You are talking nonsense here.

    Our Asylum and Refugee system is wholly part of the Executive branch. At Presidential discretion. The only thing Congress does on the subject is revise the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). The INA only provides the qualification for an asylum seeker. One not guided by your assumptions and prejudices. The criteria being one who has a reasonable fear of imminent death or significant harm for political reasons if sent back.