US President Barrack Obama calls upon Pope Francis to validate taking in refugees from Syria.
President Obama made these comments followed by strong backlash by the American state governors. He seems to be supporting the intake of refugees from Syria predominantly Muslims, despite several warnings from Congress and 27 states declaring that terrorists may enter in disguise of refugees.
While remarking about the issue of whether or not Syrian refugees predominantly Muslims, should be admitted in America, he said, “When Pope Francis came to visit the United States and gave a speech before Congress, he didn’t just speak about Christians who were being persecuted, he didn’t call on Catholic parishes just to admit those who were of the same religious faith, he said protect people who were vulnerable.”
President Obama after being bombarded by suggestions of allowing only Christian refugees from Syria, plainly declined them saying, “And when I hear folks say that, ‘well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims,’ when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful.”
“That’s not American; it’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he continued. At the same time, he praised his ancestor, President George W. Bush, for not introducing anti-Muslim policies following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America. “I was very proud after 9/11 when he was adamant and clear about the fact that this is not a war on Islam,” Obama said.
“On this, they should follow his example. It was the right one. It was the right impulse. It’s our better impulse. We also have to remember that many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism. Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both.”
Ever since, the fact has been established that one of the ISIS attackers entered Europe in disguise of a Syrian refugee, President Obama has been grappling with criticism after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people. He has been suggested not to take in Syrian refugees.