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Paris attacks: US President rejects the “Christian refugees only” policy calling it shameful



In the wake of Paris attacks, US President Barack Obama, throws out suggestions of “Christian refugees only” policy. “We must not close our hearts to Syrian refugees,” he said.

US President has called these suggestions from the Republican Presidential candidates, shameful. “When I hear political leaders suggesting that there should be a religious test for admitting which person fleeing which country; when some of these folks themselves come from other countries, that’s shameful.”

“That’s not America. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he asserted. President Obama reacted to the suggestions put forth by some Republicans, including Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, who urged that the Christians strangled amidst the crisis in Syria, should be taken in on priority basis. These suggestions were made following the deadly Paris attacks, which killed 129 people.

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President Obama contradicted the claims that terrorists might enter in disguise of refugees saying; that it was indispensable not to kindle fear of Islam or refugees. “I think it is very important for us right now, particularly those who are in leadership, particularly those who have a platform and can be heard, not to fall into that trap. Not to feed that dark impulse inside of us.”

“I have a lot of disagreements with George W Bush on policy. But I was very proud after 9/11, when he was very adamant and clear that this is not a war on Islam. And the notion that some of those who have taken on leadership in his party would ignore all of that – that’s not who we are. On this, they should follow his example. It’s the right one. It’s the right impulse, it’s the better impulse.”

He went on argue that, instead of focusing on fearing others; it is essential to recognize that terrorist risks themselves, “the people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorists, they are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife.”

He recalled Pope Francis’ message which he called was the true Christian response of compassion, “Pope Francis didn’t just speak about Christians who were being persecuted. He said protect people who are vulnerable.”