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Haven Forbid? U.S. Debates Refugee Crisis
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While speaking overseas, "If President Obama thinks a religious test is shameful for refugees, then he has a lot to be ashamed of.  His own administration has been discriminating at an amazingly fast clip over the past two months -- and against the population posing the smallest threat to American safety: Christians." .... "There are several ways to help the hurting that leave our nation less vulnerable to attack."   As you read this, also consider a recent report from Sharyl Attkisson: Obama Still Doesn’t Read Intelligence Reports on Jihadists He Doesn’t Consider to be Terrorists.  We also note that Mr. Obama (straddles the camps of both Alinsky and Muslims) and his White House staff are directly advised by our Muslim Brotherhood enemy operating INSIDE our White House, Department of State and the Pentagon.  All this in addition to Satanists seek to ally with U.S. Muslims after Paris terror.

As I (Andrew C. McCarthy) argued in Faithless Execution, the principal constitutional duty of the chief executive is to execute the laws faithfully. President Obama, by contrast, sees his principal task as imposing his post-American “progressive” preferences, regardless of what the laws mandate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If President Obama thinks a religious test is shameful for refugees, then he has a lot to be ashamed of. His own administration has been discriminating at an amazingly fast clip over the past two months -- and against the population posing the smallest threat to American safety: Christians.

After its jaw-dropping findings earlier this week, CNSNews also crunched the numbers from the last month and a half and found the same disgraceful pattern of prejudice. Of the Syrians granted asylum in the U.S. since October, only five were Christians. The other 346 were Sunni Muslims (which, for those of you keeping score at home, is 98.6%). If that isn’t a “religious test,” I don’t know what is. And the tragedy is this: not only do Christian refugees pose the least risk to American society, but they’re also the ones in the direst need of help.

“While there is no question that ISIS will kill and persecute Muslims whom it regards as apostates for refusing to adhere to its construction of Islam,” writes Andrew McCarthy at NRO, “it is abject idiocy to suggest that Muslims are facing the same ubiquity and intensity of persecution as Christians. And it is downright dishonest to claim that taking such religious distinctions into account is ‘not American,’ let alone ‘shameful.’ How can something American law requires be un-American?”

Instead, the president is stubbornly sticking to his plan to flood the U.S. with 10,000 more Syrians against the advice of his own intelligence officials, who rightly think America lacks the vetting system necessary to protect itself. “… [W]e can query our database until the cows come home, but [nothing will] show up because we have no record of them,” said FBI Director James Comey. Even Attorney General Loretta Lynch, when pressed, admitted there were challenges. Radical Islamists are already gaming the refugee system, slipping into lines they know aren’t -- and can’t be -- appropriately scrutinized.

Just yesterday, Turkey arrested eight ISIS associates posing as Syrian refugees -- more evidence of the dangerous strategy already underway. As I pointed out yesterday on “Washington Watch,” the president taunted Republican leaders for being afraid to help widows and orphans just hours before a female jihadist blew herself up in a second Paris attack. The same administration that suggested a jobs program for terrorists seems to think that jihadists will step through customs and leave their radicalism behind.

Twenty-eight governors and the American people aren’t so convinced. With increasing solidarity, state leaders and the public are demanding the president back off his Syrian resettlement plan. According to Bloomberg polling, only a sliver of Americans -- 28 percent -- agree with the White House. Like us, they don’t think we should bet national security on the president’s flimsy assurances. “The administration has a calming public storyline that we have this all under control,” said one anonymous FBI official, “but we’re one crack in the sidewalk away from a tragedy.”

Who would you trust: The man who called ISIS “junior varsity” or the experts warning that the government is ill-equipped to screen people? Congress’s answer is fairly simple. Sensing the urgency, GOP leaders are racing to put measures in place that protect our communities from gut-wrenching scenes like Paris’s. Under a new bill from Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that passed the House earlier today, the FBI and Director of National Intelligence would have to sign off on every application, certifying that the refugees aren’t a security request.

Sounds reasonable, right? Not to the president’s team. Too “cumbersome” complained Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “Unnecessary and impractical” grumbled the Office of Management and Budget. “Untenable” argued the White House. “People understand the plight of those fleeing the Middle East,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) countered. “But they also want basic assurances for the safety of this country. We can be compassionate, and we can also be safe.”

That’s a message the church is increasingly in need of. In a rush of goodwill, Christians are anxious to reach out and help those in need. Obviously, those are good intentions -- loving the sojourner, as Deuteronomy talks about -- but they aren’t the only consideration. There’s this false narrative, one that the president has encouraged, that insists there are only two options in the refugee crisis: give Syrians unfettered access to America or leave orphans and widows dying in the street.

That’s just not true. There are several ways to help the hurting that leave our nation less vulnerable to attack. We could provide humanitarian support directly to displaced people currently in refugee camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and elsewhere. We could also help the government of Kurdistan care for those who are displaced by providing financial and/or other resources for the current camps -- and ensure more are built if needed. And what’s more compassionate than taking military action to defeat ISIS? Most people want to stay in their homelands of Iraq and Syria, but they’re unable to because ISIS has been allowed to grow. It’s not unfeeling to help in these ways, but it is wise.

“Is it unChristian to not want radical jihadists shooting people in our communities?” Kevin DeYoung asked. “…The answer is not as easy as fear versus compassion. Christian charity means loving the safety of the neighbor next door at least as much as loving the safe passage of the neighbor far away.”

Omnibus: the Vehicle for Change

Washington certainly knows how to draft budgets -- it’s sticking to them that’s the problem. For weeks, we’ve been bouncing back and forth between the various spending bills, with the latest -- the omnibus -- just starting to grab the pre-turkey headlines. As most of you know, an omnibus is a series of appropriations bills all rolled into one proposal. For Congress, which isn’t usually the most efficient, this is usually the preferable way to pass a lot of agencies’ budgets in one fell swoop.

But that doesn’t mean that piecing together the final product is easy -- or tidy. Usually, the two parties are bickering over which policy riders should be included (and rarely coming to any agreement). In the last few months, pro-lifers have been intent on using these spending bills as another avenue to strip Planned Parenthood’s government funding -- something Cecile Richards’s group is desperately trying to stop. So desperate, it turns out, that she’s created an unholy alliance with green group, the League of Conservation Voters, to stake out a ridiculous position on the Interior-Environmental appropriations.

Today, the two organizations combined forces to urge Congress to pass a “clean” omnibus, free of any amendments or attachments. Of course, in a bill thousands of pages long, you can imagine how many times that’s happened. Zero. But Planned Parenthood, which has been running for cover since the investigations into its baby harvesting ring, is so frantic to stop conservatives from severing taxpayer ties that they’ll stoop to anything.

“We don’t think [non]-environmental riders have any place in spending bills,” they said. “That’s making policy and not dealing with the dollars and cents. We think they should be negotiated separately, and the funding levels should be judged on their merits.” FRC and our pro-life friends on the Hill aren’t so easily persuaded. We’ll take every opportunity to end this forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood. If that doesn’t improve the unborn’s environment, I don’t know what would!

Truth Wins Out...

While some churches are shrinking back in the assault on marriage, several groups -- including The Evangelical Theological Society -- are doing anything but. At the organization’s Atlanta conference earlier today, America’s premier body of Evangelical Protestant scholars, professors, teachers, and students, adopted four resolutions on human sexuality that are consistent with the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality.

FRC’s Rob Schwarzwalder co-authored the resolutions, along with Dr. Owen Strachan, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and Associate Professor of Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. “The conviction of America’s leading Evangelical scholars that the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage and human sexuality must not be compromised signals that those favoring a redefinition of these things are not within the mainstream of historic Protestant teaching and, more importantly, are departing from some of the distinctive teachings of the Christian faith. Professing Evangelicals who hold heterodox views on matters of human sexuality must reconsider their allegiance to Scripture’s teaching. We pray they return to it,” Rob told reporters.

The resolutions are as follows: (1) We affirm that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess inherent dignity and worth. (2) We affirm that marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, for life. (3) We affirm that Scripture teaches that sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage as defined above. This excludes all other forms of sexual intimacy. (4) We affirm that God created men and women, imbued with the distinct traits of manhood and womanhood, and that each is an unchangeable gift of God that constitutes personal identity. We applaud the ETS for standing on truth and giving other evangelicals the courage to push back against the Left’s radical agenda.

 

** For more on the Syrian refugee crisis, check out Ken Blackwell’s interview on Newsmax below.

 

 

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