Why are Christian Refugees Being Ignored by Christian Refugee Groups?

Middle East Christian Persecution

If there’s any wonder why the Obama Administration chooses to ignore Middle Eastern Christian refugees in favor of Muslim refugees, one needs only to look at some of the most prominent US-based Christian refugee groups. They seem to share the preference and are as much to blame for Christians accounting for less than 2% of the accepted refugees over the last four years.

There are two reasons that this is tragic. In reality, there are dozens of reasons, but we’re going to focus on the two most clear. First, Christians represent over 10% of the displaced refugees seeking a new home. Second, Middle East persecution of Christians is generally much more harsh than persecution against Muslim refugees. Neither of these facts are disputed. They’re simply ignored.

Despite these facts, a mere 34 out of 2,100 refugees accepted by the United States have been Christians.

It’s natural for us to rightly assume that the Obama administration is the reason for this, but they’re not alone. Much of the blame can be turned against alleged Christian organizations helping refugees. They, too, ignore the Christian refugees for one reason or another.

Here’s where the conspiracy theorist in me comes out. There are only two possible reasons for this to be the case. The more realistic theory is that these church-driven groups are mindful of their status and do not want to demonstrate a preference for Christian refugees since that could be considered favoritism. As a result, they overcompensate by not highlighting the large number of Christians since the majority of refugees are, indeed, Muslim.

The second and more nefarious theory is that these organizations might be church-driven, but they’re not Bible-driven. That’s not to attack any individuals within these organizations; I would venture that most involved are truly caring people who are doing what they can to help those in need. However, it’s conspicuous that their websites don’t even mention the Christian component of the refugee crisis at all. We’re not talking about a small number. There are hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East who are lucky to be homeless and hungry. Many have brothers, fathers, and sons that are dead and sisters, mothers, and daughters who are kept alive to be raped.

The most important change that must be made in America today is to solidify the immigration and refugee programs in ways that can properly screen and track those who enter the country regardless of religion. This is imperative; it cannot wait for the next President. This must be done immediately. It isn’t just for national security. It’s also based upon the assumption that there will be refugees brought into the United States because of the tremendous need in the world.

More importantly, we can help to secure our own borders by helping those in the Middle East who are being persecuted by doing two things: destroying the Islamic State and helping to build or rebuild portions of the Middle East where these refugees can go. They don’t all have to go to Europe or the United States. There is enough room and with the help of the international community there would be enough resources to make this happen quickly.

None of it will work as long as the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations have so much control over the lands.

We can debate whether or not refugees should be allowed in the first place, but in the meantime if we’re going to accept refugees there should be the right proportions of them that are Christian. I’m not even calling for a preference at this point. I’m simply asking that they not be ignored and pushed to the back the way they’re being pushed today.

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