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No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order

March 08, 2017

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on refugees no longer offers preferential treatment for Christians and beleaguered religious minorities fleeing persecution.

Father Benedict Kiely, who raised funds for persecuted Christians, told the National Catholic Register, “It may seem politically incorrect to prioritize a specific group or groups, however, given the lessons of history, I wonder what prioritization might have done in 1938 for the Jews of Europe?”

“There’s a dire need for President Trump to issue a separate executive order—one specifically aimed to help the genocide survivors of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” added Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute.

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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Mar. 08, 2017 12:35 PM ET USA

    "Most Americans have no concept of what it was like to live as a Yazidi or Christian or other minority as ISIS invaded. Our people had the option to flee, to convert, or to be killed, and many were killed in the most brutal ways imaginable. But there were none of these protests then of ISIS's religious test. Our people... were targeted for their faith, just like the Yazidis and others too. Now these protesters are saying that religion should not matter... unbelievable." Iraqi Abp. Bashar Warda