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house Bill H.R. 390

Should the U.S. Provide Emergency Relief to Religious & Ethnic Minorities Targeted for Genocide by ISIS in Iraq & Syria?

Argument in favor

The religious and ethnic minorities who have survived ISIS’s genocide need emergency relief from the U.S., which also needs to lead the charge to bring the war criminals who perpetrated the genocide to justice.

Joy's Opinion
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06/06/2017
Yes, let's close loopholes that are making it difficult to prosecute war criminals. And yes, let's help survivors of genocide. While the language specifically lists christians as targets of genocide, it doesn't limit support to that group. So come on people, here's an example of a bi-partisan attempt to actually do some good. Is it perfect? No, but it's progress.
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Chrissboom's Opinion
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06/06/2017
You wanna stop the next Hitler? He's in Syria, he's committing genocide.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/06/2017
A Yea with caveat. Notice the question says "Should US…" what ever happened to the U.N. being asked? The truth is the Disaster Relief portion of the U.N. is a disaster within itself. The U.S. pumps money into the U.N. fund to see it stolen by those creating the disaster; Sudan and Somalia could be sited as an example. Fortunately, the U.S. has many charitable organization that would offer more assistance if we're not for their safety. Areas should be cordoned off for Disaster Relief and patrolled heavily. Violators should be hanged and malicious local troops should be punished. And please keep in mind the this is humanitarian relief, not an opportunity for more immigration transfers. Every sad story shouldn't be looked upon as a trip to the U.S. The question was "Should U.S…" Have you heard of China, Russia or Mexico voluntarily step forward. No. What about Canada?
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t be singling out particular religious or ethnic groups for emergency relief simply because they were targeted for genocide by ISIS. It also shouldn’t make an effort to bring ISIS war criminals to justice.

Patricia's Opinion
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06/05/2017
I support giving relief to refugees, but to give relief on a condition of the refugees' faith is a slippery slope I don't feel we should be going down.
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George 's Opinion
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06/05/2017
We should support all peoples impacted by the atrocities of ISIS and not just the Christian minorities.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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06/05/2017
"Is this a good thing?" is not the question at hand. The question this bill is asking - the only question that any bill ever asks - is "Can and should the government do this?" Not "Should it be done?" but rather "Should it be done by government?" The answer is an unambiguous, indisputable "No." This is not what government is for - not our government, not ANY government. If you then proceed to the next question and decide that it is a good thing, then by all means give of your own resources to provide support. But government is not and should not be designed, equipped, or authorized to address this.
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    Yes, let's close loopholes that are making it difficult to prosecute war criminals. And yes, let's help survivors of genocide. While the language specifically lists christians as targets of genocide, it doesn't limit support to that group. So come on people, here's an example of a bi-partisan attempt to actually do some good. Is it perfect? No, but it's progress.
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    I support giving relief to refugees, but to give relief on a condition of the refugees' faith is a slippery slope I don't feel we should be going down.
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    We should support all peoples impacted by the atrocities of ISIS and not just the Christian minorities.
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    "Is this a good thing?" is not the question at hand. The question this bill is asking - the only question that any bill ever asks - is "Can and should the government do this?" Not "Should it be done?" but rather "Should it be done by government?" The answer is an unambiguous, indisputable "No." This is not what government is for - not our government, not ANY government. If you then proceed to the next question and decide that it is a good thing, then by all means give of your own resources to provide support. But government is not and should not be designed, equipped, or authorized to address this.
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    There have been attacks on many religious minorities in many different countries: Iraq, Syria and Egypt. But we should give shelter to anyone of any faith rather than prejudice our efforts by only helping Christians as Trump suggested.
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    Religion should have to say in who we help. We need to care for ALL the victims.
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    You wanna stop the next Hitler? He's in Syria, he's committing genocide.
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    People in distress should receive help regardless of religious affiliation.
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    The text of the bill is too vague in who exactly the money would be going to. I have little faith in who our government deems the good or bad guys in overseas situations, so I'd like to know exactly which organizations are getting funded before voting yes.
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    “faith-based entities” <- NO. NO. NO. NO TAX DOLLARS TO RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. NOT ONE PENNY! “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a absolute wall of separation between Church & State.” Thomas Jefferson
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    Religious affiliation should have no bearing on one's ability to receive foreign aid from the United States.
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    How much? To where specifically? Why only religious minorities? Muslims that resist them are being targeted as well. If we help some we must help all that need it.
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    A Yea with caveat. Notice the question says "Should US…" what ever happened to the U.N. being asked? The truth is the Disaster Relief portion of the U.N. is a disaster within itself. The U.S. pumps money into the U.N. fund to see it stolen by those creating the disaster; Sudan and Somalia could be sited as an example. Fortunately, the U.S. has many charitable organization that would offer more assistance if we're not for their safety. Areas should be cordoned off for Disaster Relief and patrolled heavily. Violators should be hanged and malicious local troops should be punished. And please keep in mind the this is humanitarian relief, not an opportunity for more immigration transfers. Every sad story shouldn't be looked upon as a trip to the U.S. The question was "Should U.S…" Have you heard of China, Russia or Mexico voluntarily step forward. No. What about Canada?
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    100% yes however, after reading the bill, this sounds repackaged to be more politically correct to discriminate religiously. I agree we need to send aid but we need to be sending aid not just towards specific religious groups.
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    This is far too vague, and could easily be used to perpetrate discriminatory aid practices against equally-oppressed religious or minority groups.
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    This bill is too vague. It doesn't clearly define how much money and to whom it will go. I'm all for helping refugees, but it has to be within our means as a country to pay for it.
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    We in this country are so blessed, because of this I feel it is our responsibility to help those less fortunate. I don't believe Christians should be put ahead of other faiths just because they are Christian, but I do believe that those who are singled out for persecution for pretty much any reason (religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences, size to name a few) merit our protection and help. I was proud of the US for being a moral leader in the world...and someday hope to be proud of them again.
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    Protect our brother and sisters in Christ! Many are being slaughtered for their faith.
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    It is a christians duty to help other christians in these times of horrors. These are our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, our duty is to their protection.
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    The US should be doing it's part to help out the world community. ISIS has been systematically killing of religious and ethnic minorities within their territory and that's a genocide by my, AND THE UN's definition. Those that are opposed to this clearly are only trying to make this into religious politics. It's not my or any lawmaker's fault that ISIS is targeting Kurds and Christians and Jews. ISIS is persecuting religious minorities and that's what matters. We should try to help all victims of ISIS's genocides, so drop the religious politics and listen to your humanity.
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