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Iraqi patriarch: Trump executive order harms the Middle East’s Christians

January 31, 2017

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, said that he opposed US President Donald Trump’s decision to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

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“Every reception policy that discriminates the persecuted and suffering on religious grounds,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told the Fides news agency, “ultimately harms the Christians of the East, because among other things provides arguments to all propaganda and prejudice that attack native Christian communities of the Middle East as ‘foreign bodies,’ groups supported and defended by Western powers.”

It is not clear whether the Chaldean Patriarch understood that Trump’s executive order does not give preference specifically to Christians (as many media reports have suggested), but to any people suffering persecution for religious reasons.


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 31, 2017 8:08 PM ET USA

    The fundamental problem with this charge is indeed his lack of understanding of the Ex Ord. The other fundamental problem is where was this concerned voice when the Obama Administration specifically held/turned back Christians from immigrating. President Trump's actions are much more consistent with traditional reasoning. Yet another instance of "liberal think", thas is, talking without thinking.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 31, 2017 11:24 AM ET USA

    The Patriarch just expressed how extremely intolerant against Christians is the Islamic majority in the Middle East.