Save persecuted religious minorities first (COMMENTARY)

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Islamic State documents seized by U.S. forces reveal religious rulings justifying slavery, rape and pillage of antiquities. Yazidi refugee women protest their treatment. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Islamic State documents seized by U.S. forces reveal religious rulings justifying slavery, rape and pillage of antiquities. Yazidi refugee women protest their treatment. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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It’s not un-American to save Assyrian Christians, Yazidis and others from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State group.

  • Larry

    How about we stop taking shortcuts in our Refugee/Asylum program and laws for the sake of political convenience and expediency and let it do the job as intended.

    The US should not be turning ANYONE away from its borders seeking refuge from persecution and war. It is a duty of all developed nations to offer sanctuary in this form. Moreso for the only superpower.

    The way it works now is, we let them in and then to stay, the applicant has to demonstrate they have a well reasoned fear of imminent death/or substantial harm if sent back due to political persecution. We judge them by the individual, not by blanket assumptions, stereotypes and political brownie points.

    The author is making a strawman point to make that we are turning away ethnic minorities from Syria to make room for Muslim refugees. We are taking whomever can come here in the #’s we believe we can process. Btw most of the people are coming from refugee camps in Muslim countries. The author is simply ignorant of…

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  • The Great God Pan

    “James S. Robbins … is the author of ‘The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero.'”

    Some genocides are better than others, I take it.

  • Deacon John M Bresnahan

    Considering there has already been found evidence that among the genuine refugees there will be embedded terrorists coming in bent on bloodshed makes that risky for American families Indeed, bringing huge numbers of such unvetted people here will be a death sentence for some Americans like those French in the Parisian restaurants.
    But food, shelter. and clothing can be provided overseas (say in Saudi Arabia) until a genuinely functioning vetting system can be set up here. Yet the attitude seems to be that any sort of middle way between all in or none in can’t even be rationally debated and that you are evil if you don’t want all in no matter what.

  • Larry

    That’s a load of bull! What evidence? A fake Syrian passport on the bodies of the European nationals who perpetrated the terror attacks in Paris?

    There IS a vetting process! It is largely ignored by people like yourself and opportunistic politicians looking to score nativist/sectarian bias brownie points.
    Due to geography, they can’t come here directly from Syria. These refugees are vetted in refugee camps abroad before coming here.

    France btw is taking in MORE refugees after the attacks. They know that the best way to combat the terrorists is not by dooming people to murder and enslavement by Islamicists. You are doing the PR work for Islamic State with such nonsense.

    What kind of debate is possible with people who aren’t even aware of the relevant facts? At no point have the critics of taking in the refugees shown an inkling of knowledge here. Its just panicking for its own sake. Just another nonsense dig at the current government by the opposition party.

  • Neon Genesis

    I stopped reading this piece of racist propaganda when it made the absurd claim ISIS wasn’t trying to wipe out other Muslim groups. The author exposes their ignorance of middle East conflicts with that absurd statement. And what happened to that bible verse that calls for welcoming immigrants? I’m pretty sure the bible didn’t say to only welcome Christian immigrants.

  • Rod Franklin

    As a White Anglo Saxon Muslim born and raised in the South I ask: Why did you print this caca?

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  • RMW

    According to a bunch of Syrian refugees in Germany, most of them are fleeing Assad, not IS:
    http://www.dw.com/en/survey-leaves-no-doubt-syrians-are-fleeing-assad/a-18775789